Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser cataract surgery now available at Jenkins Eye Care is an advanced technology that adds computer-control to key steps of cataract surgery using a femtosecond laser called LenSx®. Dr. Jenkins was the first cataract surgeon to perform laser cataract surgery in Hawaii in 2012, and since then she has performed thousands of Laser Cataract Procedures.

Here are two videos on Laser Cataract Surgery with Jenkins Eye Care.

This first video discusses Laser Cataract Surgery in general and the second video adds on another layer of surgical advancement with Verion technology.

Cataracts and Cataract Surgery

Patients cannot prevent cataracts and they do not go away without surgical intervention. The crystalline lens inside the eye clouds with age, loses it flexibility and blocks the passage of light. A patient with a cataract no longer has clear crisp vision and the ability to enjoy a certain quality of life.

Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens.  They can also be caused by other eye or medical conditions such as diabetes, trauma, past eye surgery or certain medications.  Most cataracts develop slowly but will eventually interfere with your vision.

Many patients with a cataract do not even realize it because they have slowly lost their bright view of the world. A cataract causes colors to be dim, makes driving at night much more difficult, and glare becomes an issue.

Other noticeable symptoms of a cataract include: blurred vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision, and seeing halos around lights at night.

Traditional vs Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

In simple terms cataract surgery is the removal of the old cloudy lens and its replacement with a new clear intraocular lens implant. HOW this is accomplished depends on the technology.

This artificial intraocular lens is a permanent replacement for the natural crystalline lens and is designed to last the rest of a patient’s life.  At the initial consultation our surgeons will evaluate your eyes and help you determine which type of artificial lens implant will be the best choice for your vision needs.

Just like cataract patients have choices in what type of lens replacement they want, they can also choose the kind of cataract technology used during the surgery.

Patients can opt for the more traditional cataract surgery performed manually by the surgeon or assisted by a laser. Both types are safe and effective when they are performed by an experienced cataract surgeon like Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Peterson.

During traditional cataract surgery the surgeon makes a tiny incision with a metal or diamond blade, then uses an instrument to reach the cataract. The cataract is broken up into pieces using ultrasound and removed. The new lens is then inserted into place.

Jenkins Eye Care offers cataract patients a second and more advanced technology: laser assisted cataract surgery.

The Next Generation of Cataract Correction – LenSX® Femtosecond Laser

Now cataract surgery can be performed using a computer controlled femtosecond cataract laser that performs all of the most critical steps. This femtosecond laser, similar to that used in LASIK technology, creates the incision and breaks up the cataract for removal.

Using the femtosecond laser, a precise circular opening for removing the cataract is made and the laser is used to gently break up the cataract into pieces for removal. The new lens is inserted into the capsule and it unfolds into place.

Just like the femtosecond laser is bringing new levels of accuracy and precision to LASIK surgery, it provides added predictability and safety to laser cataract surgery.

The LenSx® Femtosecond Laser affords cataract patients:

  • A more advanced procedure using 3-D imaging
  • A more precise treatment
  • Gently and easily removes the cataract
  • A more personalized treatment
  • Little to no discomfort
  • Delivers gentle energy to perform the most critical steps in cataract surgery.
  • Cataract patients with astigmatism can be treated with the LenSx® laser

Using a laser our surgeons are able to get more precise incisions than the traditional blade.

Laser Cataract Surgery with the LensSx® laser is done as an outpatient procedure lasting an average of 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of the procedure.

Jenkins Eye Care is proud to offer our patients this level of precision with Laser cataract surgery. Financing is available for any out-of-pocket costs for premium lenses or laser assisted cataract surgery.

Click on the video below to learn more about cataracts and treatment options.
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