New treatment option for cataract! Innovative laser increases safety and precision!
25.01.12. Each year, approximately 90 percent of all people older than 60 years suffer from an increasing cloudiness of the natural lenses. The cataract is characterized by a grey coloring behind the pupil. Causing the vision to become unclear and blurry. If the slight clouding of the lens intensifies, the only treatment option is surgery.
At EuroEyes we now offer our patients a new cataract treatment method. The Femtosecond Infrared Laser Alcon LenSx eliminates the need for the surgeon?s scalpel.
New Laser revolutionizes the previous procedure
The LenSx is the first Femtosecond Infrared Laser ever applied to lens surgery. The laser combines several steps of the previous treatment method that has not changed the last 40 years. Thus, the laser not only takes over the previously manual incision, but also the dissection of the lens. In addition, the new procedure can compensate for an existing astigmatism. The extensive automation of the procedure increases precision and decreases complication rate. For out patients this means optimal safety. So far approximately 90 percent of our treated cataract patients no longer need visual aid. With this new laser we expect an even better ratio.?, explains Dr. Jørn S. Jørgensen, founder and medical director of the EuroEyes clinical group. The Alcon LenSx is currently being used in the EuroEyes clinic in Hamburg, and during 2012 more lasers will be added to several other EuroEyes locations.
Outpatient treatment ensures clear view
With approximately 600,000 treatments each year, the cataract surgery is among the most commonly performed surgical procedures in Germany. In this outpatient treatment, the natural lens is replaced with an artificial intraocular lens. The artificial lens is made of acrylic and it is designed to ensure that any existing refractive errors will be neutralized. The duration of the treatment is approximately ten minutes, and is performed with local anesthetic eye drops. If both eyes are treated, the treatments are performed approximately two days apart. After the treatment the eye is typically covered with an ointment bandage. Just one day after the surgery, the patient will have a good vision again. In time the clear, transparent lens capsule can become cloudy, causing a blurry vision once again. This occurrence is called the secondary cataract and is caused by membrane formation. However, this clouding is easily treatable with another outpatient laser treatment.