Femto Cataract Surgery

Femto Cataract Surgery, also known as Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS), is an advanced technique for cataract removal that utilizes a femtosecond laser to perform certain steps of the surgery with high precision.

How Femto Cataract Surgery Works:
  • Pre-Surgery Mapping: The eye is mapped using imaging technology to create a detailed, three-dimensional map. This allows for precise planning of the surgery.
  • Incision Creation: The femtosecond laser creates incisions in the cornea. These incisions are extremely precise, enhancing the accuracy and consistency of the procedure.
  • Capsulotomy: The laser creates a circular opening in the lens capsule, which holds the cataractous lens. This step is crucial as it significantly affects the stability and positioning of the intraocular lens (IOL) implanted after cataract removal.
  • Lens Fragmentation: The laser fragments the cataractous lens into smaller pieces, making it easier to remove. This reduces the need for ultrasonic energy (phacoemulsification) typically used in traditional cataract surgery, potentially reducing trauma to the eye.
  • Cataract Removal and IOL Implantation: The fragmented lens pieces are removed, and the new intraocular lens is implanted.
Benefits of Femto Cataract Surgery:
  • Precision and Accuracy: The laser's precision in making incisions and performing capsulotomy can lead to more predictable outcomes and better visual acuity.
  • Reduced Ultrasound Energy: By pre-fragmenting the lens, the laser reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed, which can minimize the risk of damage to surrounding eye tissues.
  • Improved Safety and Consistency: The use of the laser enhances the safety and consistency of the procedure, potentially lowering the risk of complications.
  • Customization: The detailed mapping allows the surgery to be customized to the patient's specific eye anatomy, potentially leading to better refractive outcomes.