Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery Arrives at Commonwealth Eye Surgery! We are the first eye surgery center in the state of Kentucky and the second in the United States to possess this type of technology.
For years, ophthalmologists have been disabusing patients of the popular notion that the cataract operation used a laser.
Now, that fantasy has become reality.
The Catalys femtosecond laser is now FDA approved for use in cataract patients.
This ultra-short pulse laser creates the incisions, corrects astigmatism, opens
up the cataract, and softens the center of the cataract before the surgery actually
begins. The surgeon simply opens the computer created incisions, evacuates the cataract,
and implants an artificial lens.
The degree of precision and accuracy is exquisite, and can not be consistently replicated
by the surgeon’s hand.. Once programmed, the femtosecond laser automatically creates
perfect arcs and incisions, painlessly, which are customized to the individual patient’s
needs. And although highly skilled surgeons may be threatened by the technology, it will
quickly become the standard of modern cataract surgery. A analogous scenario was the
introduction of the autopilot to aviation…initially denigrated by pilots, the modern
autopilot has become required for navigation in modern airspace.
The femtosecond laser uses technology incorporating one of the fastest existing reactions
in nature. To appreciate how short a time period a femtosecond is, consider that
one femtosecond is to one second, as one second is to 37 million years!
Commonwealth Eye Surgery is proud to have been selected as the flagship ophthalmic
surgical practice in Kentucky for the introduction of the Catalys Femtosecond Laser,
which will be installed this Spring. To date, only one other Catalys Laser has been
installed in the United States.