Up to 20% of people undergoing laser assisted cataract surgery will have low-level focusing problems following cataract surgery, resulting in a dependence on glasses. This may interfere with their satisfaction with their vision following surgery. These people would benefit from laser assisted cataract surgery.
Laser cataract surgery uses the latest techniques in cataract surgery and laser vision correction to maximise your freedom from glasses after cataract removal.
Laser cataract surgery can be broken down into two steps:
Step 1: We use a laser to access the capsule the natural lens sits in and remove the cataract.
Step 2: We replace the cataract lens with a new advanced lens.
A critical part of step 1 is creating a capsulotomy or opening the lens capsule which contains the cataract. In standard cataract surgery, the cataract surgeon makes the incision manually. In laser cataract surgery, a laser makes the incision. This method is more precise and has higher repeatability.
The laser capsulotomy technique also enables us to use more advanced extended depth of focus (EDOF) implants designed explicitly for laser cataract surgery. This improves the stability of multifocal implants. Your cataract surgeon can position these lenses with a much higher degree of accuracy, resulting in improved visual outcomes.
The specific type of lens that will best suit you depends on your vision needs and preoperative testing. At your assessment, we conduct extensive analysis to determine which lens will meet your lifestyle requirements.
Sometimes after cataract surgery, the eye needs laser vision correction to fine-tune the focus. Using LASIK and SmartSurface technology, we can refine the focus of your eye and the quality of your vision following surgery.
Our surgeons have a laser vision correction background. This gives them a specific skill set to consider your quality of vision after the removal of cataracts.
There is no single “best” lens that would meet the needs of everyone. Intraocular lenses vary as much we differ as individuals with our own vision and lifestyle needs. We have a complete range of the latest lens types and laser vision correction techniques available. These will help you achieve the vision that will best suit your lifestyle and vision needs after laser cataract surgery.
We can use a lens implant (Intraocular lenses) to give a range of vision, from distance to close. We calculate the lens power using scans taken at your initial assessment for surgery that assess the abilities of your natural lens.
At this assessment, your ophthalmologist will discuss lens options with you and the target focus for your eyes after surgery. This enables us to select the best implant and focus target for your needs. Some possibilities include:
Multifocal lens implant combined with extended-depth-of-focus (EDOF) lenses – reduces your dependence on glasses, readers, and bifocals for most day-to-day distance tasks.
EDOF lens implant – reduces your dependence on glasses, readers, and bifocals for most day-to-day near and distance tasks
Astigmatic/Toric lenses – Some patients have a high degree of astigmatism. Fortunately, we can correct this with a toric lens, enabling you to see well without glasses or contact lenses for distance and close-up tasks.