Why did Perth Laser Vision decide to begin utilising the LenSx® laser for cataract surgery?
Perth Laser Vision has been a leader in refractive surgery since 1997 and prides itself on innovation in technology. Over 20,000 people chose Perth Laser Vision for their laser eye surgery because this technology combined with a seasoned surgical team translates to greater safety, precision and outcomes. Perth Laser Vision has many historical “firsts” including:
- 1st provider in Perth to offer LenSx® laser cataract technology for cataract eye surgery perth
- 1st provider in Perth to offer the Wavelight® dual laser technology for LASIK
- Perth Laser Vision’s eye surgeon Dr Phillip McGeorge was a pioneer in LASIK and was a principal investigator in the field of laser vision correction since 1997.
How does the LenSx® laser work?
LenSx® automates the most challenging steps of traditional cataract eye surgery. Prior to the introduction of this laser, traditional cataract surgery involved the creation of several small incisions during the procedure. All of these incisions were made manually with a blade. With LenSx®, the surgeon can create those incisions with a significantly higher degree of precision and computer control.
This combined with the real-time image guided feature aids the physician in seeing the activity taking place in the eye during surgery and aids the surgeon in performing:
- Anterior capsulotomy – an incision that opens the clear, cellophane-like capsule that wraps the natural crystalline lens of the eye
- Lens fragmentation – softening and breaking up of the cataract lens of the eye
- All corneal incisions – all incisions of the cornea associated with cataract surgery
What is a femtosecond laser?
The femtosecond laser is one that emits pulses of light with ultra short durations of around 10−15 of a second (that’s one millionth of one billionth of a second). For nearly a decade, femtosecond lasers have helped eye surgeons perform LASIK with unparalleled precision and safety. Designed to revolutionize key steps in the lens replacement procedure, the LenSx® Laser now allows surgeons to deliver the benefits of precise femtosecond laser technology. That means lens surgery is more precise, predictable, reproducible and safe — from the team that began the femtosecond era in ophthalmology.
Will this procedure be covered by insurance like most cataract surgeries?
Cataract surgery is typically covered by Medicare and many private health insurance companies. Individuals must check with their respective carriers for specific eligibility and coverage benefits. However, LenSx® is a premium enhanced procedure that requires an out-of-pocket fee from the patient. Patients will receive specific information on the cost of their procedure during the consultation process. The price will vary based on each individuals’ specific circumstances.
What are the complications associated with the LenSx® laser?
Risks are associated with any surgical procedure but the LenSx® is designed to provide a greater degree of safety and precision than traditional methods.
What are the advantages of the LenSx® laser vs. traditional cataract surgery?
Precision: LenSx® uses the same technology for cataracts that has been used in LASIK surgery to create the highest level of precision available with a cool laser instead of a sharp blade.
Safety: LenSx® increases safety and potentially minimizes risk by providing a faster and less invasive procedure with more control.
Control: LenSx® offers real time images to guide the surgeon for proper alignment. Images of the eye are projected onto a video screen giving the surgeon real-time visual images during the surgery.
What should a patient expect after surgery?
- Generally, greatly improved vision
- Freedom from having to wear corrective eyewear such as glasses or contact lenses.
- With upgraded premium lens implants, the clouded natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial lens that can better focus light onto the retina. Most importantly, cataract surgery is designed to completely remove the problem, stopping the progression of vision loss and resulting in the ability to see more clearly, without fogginess, halos,and other symptoms.
- Some redness will be noted on the eye from the LenSx procedure. This is normal and painless and will go away in a week or so.
How long does the LenSx® laser procedure take?
Usually less than 10 minutes depending on the complexity of the procedure
Is the LenSx® procedure covered by Medicare or other major insurances?
Currently LenSx® is considered a premium procedure not covered by Medicare, or other health insurance companies. Financing is available.