A cataract is the clouding of the lens inside the eye. This can lead to a decrease in vision. This is most commonly due to biological aging, however there are a wide variety of other causes. Those with cataracts commonly experience difficulty appreciating colours and changes in contrast, driving, reading and experiencing problems coping with glare from bright lights.
With laser-assisted cataract surgery, incisions to extract the cataract are completed automatically by the laser with precision and accuracy. The patient’s measurements, completed before the surgery, are used to ensure the laser incisions are tailored to the patient’s eye for the best possible visual outcome. The laser then softens the lens and segments the cataract to be removed. Upon removal, the new lens implant is inserted through the incision and placed into a capsular bag. The surgery is completed without stiches since the incisions are designed to be self sealing.
At SEE, we offer a wide variety of lens options that help give you the best vision possible. Dr. Patodia will be happy to sit down with you and discuss the best option for you.
Femtosecond lasers emit optical pulses of extremely short duration in the domain of femtoseconds, as short as one-quadrillionth of a second. These ultra-short pulses do not transfer heat or shock to the material being cut and can make surgical incisions with extreme precision. The technology was developed in the early 1990s at the University of Michigan Engineering Center. The first commercial platform was introduced in 2002 and the original approval was for flap creation during LASIK surgery. Recent platform approvals have been expanded to include additional corneal/therapeutic procedures and cataract applications.
The VICTUS, the Bausch + Lomb platform housing the femto laser, is designed to give surgeons a greater degree of control and more real-time information during the laser cataract procedure. The VICTUS platform also offers real-time, three-dimensional imaging of the eye to aid Dr. Patodia in planning and monitoring the operation. Many of the features housed by VICTUS are designed to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure.