Femto-laser Assisted Cataract/Lens Surgery

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS)

The cloudy crystalline lens is called the cataract inside the eye, positioned behind the clear window of the eye (cornea) and the coloured party of your eye (iris).

Femtosecond laser-assisted phacoemulsification cataract surgery is a the most modern method of cataract removal and replacement with a biocompatible lens implant inside the eye. The modality was approved by FDA in USA in 2010.

A camera/ultrasound device placed above your eye maps its surface and gathers information about your cataract/lens and the data is used by the connected computer to program the femtosecond laser. This tells the laser the exact location, size, and depth for incisions. The surgeon uses the laser to make corneal incisions,  create a precise opening in the capsule and uses energy from the laser to soften the cataract into small pieces. An ultrasound probe and suctions out the small cataract pieces. The surgeon then puts the intra-ocular lens in the eye. The incision usually does not need stitches.

Compared to standard phacoemulsification cataract surgery, femtolaser assisted cataract surgery reduces the energy requirements for tissue destruction.