At Michigan Glaucoma & Cataract we offer laser assisted cataract surgery using the Catalys® precision laser system. Your surgery will begin with your surgeon using the laser to open the lens capsule, break up the cataract into pieces, and soften the cataract. In addition the surgeon may choose to make the small incisions required in cataract surgery with the laser as well as astigmatism correction if warranted. Using these small incisions, the surgeon inserts the phacoemulsifcation ultrasound probe (as described above) to remove the cataract. The irrigation aspiration hand probe is then used to remove the remaining cataract material followed by insertion of an intraocular lens.
One of the main advantages of laser assisted cataract surgery is a more precise opening of the lens bag or capsule (capsulotomy). This is one of the most important and intricate parts of cataract surgery. The laser system also is beneficial in eyes with dense or unstable cataracts. The laser works well to soften the lens, allowing for less manipulation and energy required by the phacoemulsification handpiece. Lastly, the laser offers more precise incisions as well as astigmatic correction to help produce the best possible visual outcome. Ask your doctor if laser assisted cataract surgery is right for you!