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About Laser Cataract Surgery at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in New Jersey - FLACS® Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery

By Joel Confino, M.D.

About Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Cataract Surgery is performed in New Jersey at The Eye Care & Surgery Center by cataract surgeons Ivan Jacobs, M.D., Joel Confino, M.D. and Roslyn Stahl, M.D. Cataract surgery is a technically complex type of eye surgery requiring tremendous surgical skill to perform a number of steps that are currently performed manually. Recently researchers have worked with laser physicists, engineers and manufacturers to determine how to apply the femtosecond laser to cataract surgery.

From a surgical perspective, our cataract surgeons believe that incorporation of the femtosecond laser into the cataract surgery, FLACS®, and lens implant procedure is beneficial for:

  • Laser Cataract Surgery, Laser capsulotomyCreating "perfect" incisions-without using a blade or knife-in terms of size and architecture, which is important in order to have the incision seal properly without the use of stitches and to prevent infection.
  • Creating a perfectly centered and sized "capsulotomy", which is the "opening" prepared in the front of the crystalline lens through which the cloudy lens material is removed.
  • Limbal Relaxing Incisions, Astigmatism relaxing incisions, the eye care and surgery centerLiquefying, softening or "chopping" the crystalline lens, in order to allow the cloudy material to be removed so as to deliver a gentler eye surgery procedure.
  • Creating the possibility of precisely sized and placed corneal incisions, such as might be performed with Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI), to correct pre-existing astigmatism.

Laser cataract surgery allows eye surgeons to deliver a number of the skill intensive steps of cataract surgery in a safe, more precise and gentler manner. This increased safety and accuracy may lead to even further improvements in the clinical results.

If you or someone you know has cataracts or is considering cataract surgery and would like to learn more about laser cataract surgery, please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999 to schedule an appointment.