Cataract surgery requires twenty-four distinct steps by Dr. Hayden, to ensure you get the best possible outcome. A femtosecond laser helps with three of the most critical steps: making the initial incision in the eye, accessing the capsule where the cataract is, and breaking up the cataractous lens. This laser can also be used to create arcuate incisions to correct astigmatism, a more accurate method than previously performed by hand.
Dr. Hayden often uses the computer-assisted laser system to provide the most precise and accurate circular opening, which will always be more uniform in shape than what can be done manually. After the circular opening is made, the laser will be used to fragment the lens. A traditional cataract surgery uses an ultrasound instrument for this purpose. Dr. Hayden will advise you whether the precision of the laser is preferred, based on the anatomical access to your eye, and the sensitivity of lens placement based on the implant you’ve chosen. Laser cataract surgery is not always required, but can improve the precision of certain parts of the surgery, and possibly provide better safety in some situations.