For patients needing cataract surgery, New Hanover Regional Medical Center offers one of the latest advancements in precision surgery: the LenSx® Femtosecond laser system. Through this system, eye surgeons at NHRMC can remove cataracts without using a surgical blade. The computer-guided laser allows for greater surgical precision, which can improve recovery time and minimize the chance for complications.
Benefits of Laser Cataract Surgery
Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens making it cloudy, causing blurred vision and negatively impacting your quality of life. In this case, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the cataract and replace the clouded lens. With standard cataract surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the eye with a surgical blade, removes the clouded lens, and inserts a replacement lens known as an intraocular lens (IOL).
The LenSx® Femtosecond Laser
The LenSx® Femtosecond laser is an image-guided bladeless surgical laser which transforms many of the manually executed steps of cataract surgery to computer-controlled laser precision, allowing the surgeon to perform the cataract and lens implant procedure with greater safety and accuracy. The LenSx® uses integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) which captures precise, hi-res images of your eyes, resulting in cataract surgery that is 100% customized.
This laser procedure provides many benefits to cataract patients, including:
- Increased safety and precision
- Laser-enabled technique speeds up the time required for surgery as well as recovery
- More comfort during surgery
- Better vision after surgery
- Astigmatism correction
- Customized treatment
The ORA System®
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the only surgical site in the area that uses the ORA System® in combination with the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser. The ORA System® provides guidance to surgeons during cataract surgery allowing precise and accurate selection of your replacement lens, known as an intraocular lens (IOL). Instead of waiting weeks after performing surgery to determine your vision results, the ORA System® allows the surgeon to take measurements of your eye after the clouded cataract is removed, so they can select and implant the appropriate replacement lens right away.
Having the ORA System® included as part of your vision correction procedure provides several benefits, including:
- Better precision and accuracy during your procedure
- Better visual outcomes
- If you have astigmatism, the ORA System® may improve the accuracy of your vision correction, reducing the chance you’ll need to wear glasses after the procedure
- Results tailored specifically to your eye
Physicians Performing Laser Cataract Surgery at NHRMC
If you are interested in learning more about whether laser cataract surgery is right for you, please contact one of the the following surgeons:
- Alan Brown, MD
- Brian Groat, MD
- Laura Harris, MD
- Dax Hawkins, MD
- Darrell Hester, MD
- Kathleen Leone, MD
- Katherine Ochsner, MD
- Matej Polomsky, MD