femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery

The ophthalmic technology floodToday, a visit to the commercial exhibitions of major meetings is a real show, with companies’ booths offering amazing high-tech devices that promise to address the specific needs we have in our practices. Although such technology impresses us, we seldom receive information on the evidence-based data surrounding its effectiveness, its cost-benefit analysis and the potential for obsolescence.
FLACS offers enhanced surgical precision, patient safety, reliability Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) offers surgeons a reproducible, noninvasive technique to replace the least predictable and most technically demanding steps of conventional cataract procedures. Do we absolutely need this technology to perform cataract surgery? No—but it certainly makes the job easier for us and safer for the patient.
Year in review: Cataract surgeryLooking back over the past year and into the near future, Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, Robert H. Osher, MD, and Mark Packer, MD, spoke to Ophthalmology Times about developments in diagnostic products and other tools used in cataract surgery. In addition, they discussed combination microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) and office-based surgery as new trends.
Accommodating IOL outcomes: Femtosecond laser or manual cataract removalPatients with accommodating IOLs implanted using a femtosecond laser-assisted procedure or manual cataract removal had similar excellent visual outcomes.
Laser cataract surgery continues to transform capsulotomiesFemtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery will continue to lead the transition to a new era in ophthalmology with more precise, customizable, and reproducible capsulotomies.
Strategies for performing a reverse optic capture of toric IOL
Strategies for performing a reverse optic capture of toric IOLSteven Dewey, MD, shares his experience with a recent patient case when a lens rotated. A possibility for why this may have happened is the lens was not stable in the bag.
Femtosecond laser surgery still raising bar for cataract surgery outcomesFemtosecond laser cataract surgery has demonstrated comparable safety, superior effectiveness, and greater efficiency compared with traditional phacoemulsification.
How patient movement can interfere with femto laser-assisted cataract surgeryFemto laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) is a latest advance in technology that is transforming traditional cataract surgery into a refractive procedure. Multiple studies have shown that laser-assisted cataract surgery can increase precision and reproducibility of the anterior capsulotomy, reduce effective phacoemulsion time, cause less postoperative inflammation to the anterior chamber, and possibly reduce surgically-induced endothelial cell damage. However, it is discussed much less often that the safeguards built into FLACS instruments can fail and allow the femto laser grid pattern to be delivered into the cornea.
Trends in U.S. refractive surgery: 2015 ISRS surveyThe 2015 International Society of Refractive Surgery survey, the twentieth such survey and the seventh year published online, presents new findings about surgeons’ preferences in corneal and lens-based surgeries, premium intraocular lenses (IOLs), and femtosecond cataract surgery.
Cataract surgery diagnostics spotlight continues to shine on integration with surgical technologiesThe trend for advances in intraoperative imaging systems and linking of diagnostic and surgical technology continued in 2015, bringing cataract surgeons more opportunity for increasing workflow efficiency and improving patient outcomes.