Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery
The current standard for cataract surgery involves using a diamond or steel blade to make 2 incisions into the eye, then using a special capsule forcep to incise the lens capsule and tearing a circular opening(capsulorhexis) in the front part of the lens capsule so the cataract(lens) can be emulsified and removed using ultrasonic energy.
Laser assisted cataract surgery involves using a special laser (femtosecond laser)to perform some of the steps of the cataract surgery. The laser can make precision cuts in the cornea instead of using a blade, it can cut a perfect circular capsulorhexis and it can soften the cataract and thereby reduce the amount of ultrasonic energy required to emulsify the cataract. It can also perform arcuate incisions in the cornea to help reduce astigmatism.
The laser assisted surgery is not appropriate for all patients and so not all patients are candidates to have this procedure. Ask Dr. Block if you are interested in Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery and he will be happy to discuss this with you.
This surgery is performed in Newington at the Hartford Hospital Surgery Center, a free standing Ambulatory Surgery Center specializing only in eye surgery.