Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS), as the name suggests, uses femtosecond lasers to perform certain steps of the traditional cataract surgery.
Specifically, lasers (instead of hand-held instruments) are used to incise the cornea to get into the eye, to open the capsule holding the natural lens, and to break the cataract up into smaller pieces before being removed from the eye. The rest of the operation is performed as usual. As lasers are generally more precise and predictable than the human hand, it is expected that they will improve the overall safety and accuracy of outcomes after cataract surgery.
Currently, though, there is no consistent evidence that FLACS offers significant advantages over surgery performed with traditional techniques by an experienced cataract surgeon. It also incurs an additional out-of-pocket expense. Dr Then will discuss if FLACS is suitable for you at the time of your consultation.
Click here to read a research paper written by Dr Then on FLACS technology.