The Future of Lasers in Cataract Surgery
By Jeffrey Martin, MD
Published on April 15, 2010
There have been many developments in cataract surgery techniques over the past 10 years. It is currently one of the most successful outpatient surgical procedures available. Cataract surgery is currently performed through a small incision using gentle ultrasound called phacoemulsification to break up the cataract. Dr. Jeffrey Martin keeps his patients in their own clothes; uses eye drops for anesthesia; and does not routinely use stitches, an eye patch or needles around the eyes. Our Long Island cataract surgery practice offers several excellent lens implant options to restore vision following removal of the cataract or defective lens.
One exciting new development in eye surgery is the use of a laser in cataract surgery. There are several companies now developing lasers that will be able to make incisions that are perfect and reproducible. In cataract surgery, the lens of the eye is like a grape. The skin of the grape needs to be opened and the fruit is removed. The lasers being developed are able to make the opening in the lens capsule in a repeatable, precise fashion, and the laser then scores the lens so that the cataract surgeon can more easily remove it. If laser development continues in this fashion as Dr. Jeffrey Martin, Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at SUNY Stony Brook, thinks it will, cataract surgery will become even safer and more precise in the future.