Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery


At Fisher-Swale-Nicholson Eye Center, we offer the most advanced technology available in cataract surgery–laser-assisted cataract surgery with LENSAR Laser. It is a revolutionary technique to remove a cataract more accurately and make intelligent blade-free astigmatic incisions.

Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery

The traditional method of removing a cataract along with implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL) is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today. Now a technological breakthrough with laser cataract surgery is available that has significantly improved the precision of several of the most critical steps in cataract surgery.  With laser cataract surgery, your eye surgeon will customize your procedure to your unique visual needs resulting in better visual outcomes and potentially making cataract surgery even safer.

If the patient has astigmatism, traditional cataract surgery requires a blade to create arcuate incisions in the outer margins of the cornea to correct astigmatism. While with bladeless laser cataract surgery, these incisions are performed with a laser. 

To remove the cataract, an opening must be made in the thin capsular membrane that surrounds the lens. This step is called the capsulorhexis. Studies have shown that less than 10 percent of manual capsulorhexes, which are made with a bent or shaped needle, have been able to achieve the same accuracy that is produced when they are made with a laser. The consistently precise laser-controlled capsulorhexis contributes to better lens positioning, and, therefore, more predictable visual results which are especially important with premium IOLs. Once the outer capsular tissue is open, the lens must be split into manageable sized pieces for removal.

Traditional phacoemulsification uses ultrasonic energy to divide the natural lens into quadrants. This step is now performed in an instant and with much less energy with the femtosecond laser. With both traditional and laser cataract surgery, the fragmented pieces of the cataract are vacuumed from the eye with phacoemulsification; however, with laser cataract surgery the femtosecond laser actually softens the lens so less ultrasonic energy is required to remove the cataract. This means there is less stress to the delicate fibers and membrane that hold the intraocular lens in place. Once the cataract is removed, the intraocular lens of your choice is inserted through the self-sealing incision and locked into position. Typically, no sutures are required. The entire procedure often takes less than 10 minutes. 

What are the benefits of LENSAR laser-assisted cataract surgery?

LENSAR’s superior Augmented Reality takes a more intelligent approach to cataract surgery. With Augmented Reality, your surgeon can see your cataract and cornea in greater detail. This allows the surgeon to plan the surgery better, to soften the cataract precisely in preparation for removal, and to ensure the appropriate condition for the most accurate placement of your intraocular lens.

It is LENSAR’s precision, imaging and laser incisions that allow your surgeon to ensure that the cataract is safely removed and that the new intraocular lens is perfectly placed, resulting in better visual outcomes.

How does LENSAR work?

LENSAR is different because of the way it helps your surgeon view your eye, acting as a guide for your procedure. The LENSAR Cataract Laser with Augmented Reality creates a high-resolution 3-D model of your eye, allowing your surgeon to custom-tailor treatment, which can improve visual outcomes.

LENSAR is safe, effective and uses the same laser technology that has been used in LASIK procedures for over a decade. And it’s designed with comfort in mind, so you can relax, knowing you have the latest technology available to treat one of your most valuable senses–your sight!

Is LENSAR safe?

Yes, the LENSAR Laser System is safe for your eyes. The advanced technology used by LENSAR is backed by more than a decade of use by surgeons. While using a laser is new to cataract removal, the LENSAR Laser System utilizes the same laser technology used in LASIK and other well-documented procedures.

The LENSAR Laser System gives your surgeon more control and is less invasive than traditional surgery. You can have confidence and peace of mind knowing that your surgeon is guided by the precision and accuracy of the LENSAR Laser System.

Is LENSAR laser-assisted cataract surgery covered by insurance?

If you elect to have LENSAR laser-assisted cataract surgery, an additional fee will apply. This elective portion of cataract surgery would not be covered by your insurance because the laser portion is not considered medically necessary by insurance companies because it will leave you less dependent on eyeglasses or contact lenses. 

Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery at FSN Eye Center

If you are interested in laser-assisted cataract surgery, please call FSN Eye Center at (815) 932-2020 to schedule an appointment or you may request an appointment online.