Sunday, April 17, 2011

Laser Cataract Surgery

Question: Can you advise which cataract surgeons in the Buffalo New York area utilize the FLAC (Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery) method?

Answer: Some things to know. Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery does not completely eliminate the risk of Cataract Surgery which is still dependent on being a top Cataract Surgeon with excellent skills, experience and judgment. Laser Cataract Surgery does offer the promise of better precision and reproducibility however Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery is VERY new at this point in time. Currently the Alcon LensSx® femtosecond laser is on the market with FDA 510(k) clearance for performing lens fragmentation, anterior capsulotomy and corneal incision creation. The OptiMedica Catalys Precision Laser System has completed international clinical trials for performing lens fragmentation, anterior capsulotomy, cataract incision and relaxing incisions for astigmatism correction and is expected to obtain FDA clearance this year, however no laser systems for routine patient care are available in the United States. The LensAr System has FDA clearance for anterior capsulotomy and lens fragmentation and is awaiting FDA clearance for the other surgical steps. As of today there are very few systems in use in the United States. Your best bet in finding a top Cataract Surgeon in the Buffalo area using any of these systems of planning to use any of these systems is to contact the manufacturers mentioned above directly as ask where they have either installed or are contracted to install systems in the near future.

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