It is essentially the same procedure with the exception that it uses the LenSx femtosecond laser for the incision and removal of the natural lens from the eye, guaranteeing precision, control and minimal trauma to the eye.
Am I good candidate for LenSx?
Anyone who has lower quality vision, wears glasses or contact lenses regularly or suffers from cataracts are good candidates for LenSx. However, issues such as glaucoma, corneal opacity, poor pupil dilation and previous corneal surgery may mean other surgical options are advisable.
Is the recovery time less than with traditional RLE?
Yes, recovery time is considerably less as there is less trauma to the eye without a cut incision to the cornea. The risk of infection is also lower than with non-laser surgery, simply because without an incision there is less contact with surgical tools and it results in a faster healing time.
What are the risks and side effects to LenSx?
It is rare for patients to develop side effects after laser surgery aside from blurry vision, sensitivity to light, itching or other mild discomfort – which all are connected to the standard RLE procedure also. There are no added side effects connected with LenSx and overall the risks are definitely lower. in comparison to standard procedure. And all the risks are definitely lower.
In some cases, however, patients may develop a condition called capsular opacification. Symptoms of capsular opacification are similar to that of a cataract, but the cloudy vision is actually caused by the membrane that held the eye’s natural lens (lens capsule). In these cases, clear vision can be restored through a relatively simple treatment using a specialized YAG laser. It should be noted this condition is not specific to LenSx, however may occur after any RLE surgery.
In the event this should happen it can be corrected as part of our postoperative care treatment at no additional charge.