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  • What is Femtosecond Laser Surgery?


  • Traditional vs Femtosecond


    In traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon uses a hand-held metal or diamond blade to create an incision in the area where the sclera meets the cornea. The goal in creating this incision is to go a partial depth vertically, then go horizontally in the cornea about 2.5 mm and then enter into the eye. Then the surgeon can break up and remove the cataract, which is located right behind the pupil. Next an intraocular lens (IOL) is inserted and implanted, to replace the cloudy natural lens.


    The reason cataract incisions are created in a two- or three-plane fashion is so they will self-seal when surgery is complete, allowing for a no-stitch approach.


    With the Femtosecond laser approach to cataract surgery, Dr. Dorsett creates a precise surgical plan with a sophisticated 3-D image of the eye called an OCT (optical coherence tomography). The goal is to create an incision with a specific location, depth and length in all planes, and with the OCT image and a femtosecond laser, it can be performed exactly without the limitations of a human hand.


    Also, The laser pre-softens the cataract, allowing Dr. Dorsett to minimize the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract lens. Decreased usage of ultrasound energy reduces the chances of thermal injury to tissues inside the eye, which lessens recovery time.


    Additionally, Astigmatism correction can be done at the time of cataract surgery using this laser as opposed to a manual incision using a surgical blade with traditional surgery. Astigmatism requires patients to wear glasses after cataract surgery. Correcting this at the time of cataract surgery lessens the needs for glasses subsequently.


  • What are the benefits?


  • Why is it referred to as customized?


  • Why is it the "Greatest?"


  • Can I correct my astigmatism at the same time?


  • What can I expect the day of surgery?




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