With premium cataract surgery, many of the steps that are usually performed manually are instead performed with the precision of a laser.
With this bladeless procedure, computer-generated images of your eye allow your surgeon to customize the cataract procedure to your unique eye offering unparalleled consistency and safety to the surgery.
Surgery works by replacing the natural lens of the eye with a premium lens.
A premium lens implant is a lens that is designed to help decrease or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery.
There are many types of premium lenses, but they all generally fall into three categories:
- Toric (astigmatism) correcting lens implants
- Multifocal lenses with or without astigmatism correcting lens implants
- Crystalens with or without astigmatism correction
A toric intraocular lens is a type of lens implant that offers patients who have astigmatism the ability to see more clearly without glasses than they otherwise would if they chose a standard monofocal lens. During your cataract surgery the amount of astigmatism on your cornea is measured. This measurement is used to order and customize the toric lens implant so that it will correct the amount of astigmatism specific to your eye. After the cataract is removed during surgery, the toric implant is placed and aligned so that it corrects your astigmatism providing great uncorrected distance vision.
A multifocal lens implant also known as trifocal implants or extended depth of focus lens implants use
Crystalens is a single-focus lens which we can implant into your eye after we have removed your cataract during cataract surgery. This artificial lens works naturally with your eyes’ muscles to give you the quality of vision you enjoyed when you were younger. The lens has “hinges” which allow the lens to move, or accommodate, to focus on objects near, far and all distances in-between seamlessly.
Unlike old-style fixed focal lenses, which didn’t move, Crystalens can move, thus focusing as your eye’s natural lens does. Your doctor will take precise measurements to ensure the correct power selection.
Limbal relaxing incisions
As a variant in premium cataract surgery without the LenSx laser, if your eye has pre-existing astigmatism, your surgeon may elect to make micro-incisions in the cornea to reduce your astigmatism. These are called limbal relaxing incisions.