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Eye Surgeons Associates has been surgically enhancing the eye's optical system through refractive corneal and cataract surgery for over 20 years. In recent years, Eye Surgeons has carefully monitored the international development of the femtosecond laser for refractive cataract procedures. Hundreds of thousands have now been successfully performed worldwide. Spring Park Surgery Center, in partnership with ESA and Genesis, were the first to acquire a femtosecond laser and introduce laser refractive cataract surgery to the Quad Cities region.
Laser surgery can be done with any Advanced Technology IOL or refractive treatment. The laser allows your surgeon to plan and perform a procedure that is completely customized for each of your eyes. The laser improves precision and reproducibility in creating blade-free incisions, as well as, in other steps of the cataract removal. The laser's accuracy is approximately ten times greater than manual techniques'.1,2 After creating the corneal incisions, the laser creates a fast, precise circular opening in the bag containing the cataract. The laser then softens and divides up the cataract for the surgeon to remove the cloudy material. Laser technology makes breakup and removal of the cataract safer, easier and gentler to the patient's eye.3 The laser reduces the amount of ultrasound energy (microscopic jackhammer sound wave energy) used to break-up the cataract by 43%, reducing risk of cell loss.3 Laser treatment causes little to no discomfort for patients.
The accuracy of these steps including the precise circular opening of the cataract bag promotes optimal positioning of the Advanced Technology IOLs to reduce or eliminate glasses. These lenses depend upon a level of precision accuracy and customization that traditional manual surgery struggles to provide.
The additional diagnostic and laser surgical services, as well as, the Advanced Technology IOLs are expenses beyond traditional cataract surgery and are not covered by insurance. ESA offers payment plans to make these options affordable.
1. Friedman, NJ, et al.,"Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy," Journal of Cataract & Refractive surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198
2. Palanker, D., et al.,"Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography," Science Translational Medicine, Vol 2 Issues 58: 1-9 (2010)
3. Nagy Z. Initial clinical evaluation of an intraocular femtosecond laser in cataract surgery. Refract Surg. 2009 Dec, 25 (12): 1053-60.
LenSx(r) Laser - Important PATIENT Product Information
CAUTION: The LenSx(r) Laser is restricted by law to the sale and use by, or on the order of, a physician.
DESCRIPTION: The LenSx(r) Laser is for use in patients undergoing cataract surgery. The laser is used as a tool to break up a cataract and to create incisions in the cornea. The LenSx Laser is also be used of the creation of corneal flaps in LASIK surgery. The LenSx(r) Laser uses accessories called Patient Interfaces to hold the eye steady during a procedure.
WARNINGS / PRECAUTIONS: The LenSx(r) Laser Patient Interface and the LenSx(r) Laser SoftFit Patient Interface hold an eye by applying light suction. Some bleeding and foreign body sensation may occur. As with any cataract surgery, there are risks involved. These risks may include but are not limited to infection, pain, corneal abrasion and capsular tear. Surgery with the LenSx(r) Laser is not for everyone. Conditions such as corneal opacity, glaucoma, a poorly dilating pupil and previous corneal surgery may preclude use of the LenSx(r) Laser. Your doctor can determine if the LenSx(r) Laser is right for you.