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LenSx Laser Cataract Surgery

Dr. Paul Casey
Las Vegas /Henderson Laser Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery, which involves the use of surgical blades and manual instruments, is very commonly performed and is both safe and effective. Laser cataract surgery improves upon this excellent safety record by replacing hand-held instruments with a computer-controlled laser. Dr. Paul Casey, a well-known Las Vegas laser eye surgery specialist, uses the LenSx platform, the first femtosecond laser system to receive approval from the FDA for cataract surgery.

Laser Cataract Surgery Steps

The LenSx laser is used to complete several critical steps of cataract surgery. First, Dr. Casey must access the cataract-diseased lens by making a small incision in the thin, clear capsule holding the lens. This step, called the capsulotomy, is challenging because he must avoid damaging the capsule so it remains intact and can later hold the artificial lens implant that will improve the patient’s vision. Traditionally, Dr. Casey uses a small needle, and sometimes forceps, to open up the capsule. Using the LenSx laser enhances the precision and accuracy of this step. It is easier for the laser to create a perfect incision than it is for a human hand to guide a blade.

Dr. Casey must then break up and remove the cataractous lens. During traditional cataract surgery, he applies ultrasound energy to the lens to break it apart. In rare cases, the application of ultrasound energy can cause heat to build up within the incision, burning it and potentially affecting the outcome of the procedure. There is less risk of complications with the LenSx laser because it softens the cataract prior to breaking it into small pieces. Because the LenSx laser requires less energy to remove the pieces of the cataract, the procedure is safer and has a reduced risk of certain complications.

After the pieces of the lens have been removed, Dr. Casey places an intraocular lens (IOL) through the same incision created by the LenSx laser. He may place a ReStor, ReZoom, Crystalens, Toric or Tecnis aspheric lens.

The LenSx laser can also be used to treat astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery, through a procedure called astigmatic keratotomy. This is only necessary if the cornea is abnormally curved and is distorting vision.

Benefits of Cataract Surgery with the LenSx Laser

Some of the greatest benefits of cataract surgery with the LenSx laser include:

  • Bladeless technology
  • Computer-controlled precision
  • Automates some of the challenging steps of cataract surgery
  • Less room for human error
  • Better lens placement
  • More accurate outcomes

Learn More About Laser Cataract Surgery

To determine whether you qualify for laser cataract surgery in Henderson / Las Vegas with Dr. Paul Casey, please contact our practice by calling 702-432-1277.

Contact us today to schedule your FREE SCREENING to see if you are a LenSx Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery candidate!

In addition to cataract surgery, Dr. Casey offers LASEK, PRK and Custom Vue LASIK in Las Vegas and Henderson.

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