Alcon LenSx® Laser
No matter what aspects of life you value most – working, golfing, reading or just taking in the scenery while strolling around town – chances are they're highly – or wholly-dependent – on your sight. So if your vision is clouded by cataracts, you may actually be losing the ability to enjoy the very things, places and people that make life worth living.
Fortunately, cataract surgery can help you to regain what you've lost, both in terms of your vision and your quality of life. Now, a technological breakthrough is available for use in cataract surgery.
When you choose to have your surgery performed with Alcons LenSx® Laser, you'll enjoy a truly innovative solution that allows for customization in cataract surgery. A bladeless, computer-controlled laser allows the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exacting, invidualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods.
With the LenSx® Laser, you can move forward with confidence knowing that you've chosen the most advanced technology available for this life-changing procedure, one that enables a customized cataract surgery experience.
Take a few minutes to review the following pages carefully. Then, for a closer look at LenSx® Laser technology, speak to your eye care professional. He or she will help you to make the best choice for your eyes.
The LenSx® Laser is an ophthalmic laser for use in patients undergoing cataract surgery. The laser is used as a tool to fragment a cataractous lens, to create a capsular opening, and to create incisions in the cornea. The LenSx® Laser uses an accessory called the LenSx® Laser Patient Interface that is used to hold the eye steady during a procedure.
What is LenSx® Laser?
The LenSx® Laser is an advanced, precision based technology that operates with unmatched precision and computer-control, helping surgeons to customize the procedure to your eye. It is a technologically advanced option for cataract patients. When you choose the LenSx® Laser, you'll enjoy a range of vital benefits.
Computer control to ensure unmatched precision and accuracy every step of the way.
The LenSx® Laser adds computer-control to key steps of cataract surgery. Its unique software control system analyzes high-resolution OCT images of your eye; helps the surgeon to design a customized procedure; and then, visualizes and performs the procedure on command from the surgeon! To further enhance accuracy, a patient interface connects your eye to the image-guided surgical unit, so that both the LenSx® Laser computer and the surgeon commanding it have precise, real-time images at all times during the laser procedure.
The next evolution in cataract surgery
In non-laser cataract surgery, the surgeon makes incisions and removes the old lens using traditional surgical instruments and blades. The LenSx® Laser performs several of the most critical steps of the surgical process with an image-guided femtosecond laser.
When you choose the LenSx® Laser approach, you will enjoy the benefits of:
- A bladeless, advanced procedure
- A comfortable, relaxed setting
- A personalized surgical experience
They're your eyes and you have options
Cataract surgery using the LenSx® Laser is an advanced technological option available, but it may not be right for you. Talk to your eye care professional about all available options before you decide how to proceed.
In recommending a mode of cataract surgery and a cataract replacement lens, your eye care professional will take into account many aspects of your eye health. He or she will consider your general health and lifestyle preferences.
What is the femtosecond laser?
The femtosecond laser is a medical device that can be used for many purposes; it was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to perform some of the steps of surgery to remove a cataract or cloudy lens (approved use). It is also being used to perform some of the steps of surgery to remove a clear lens or refractive lens exchange (RLE), and to make acruate incisions in the cornea (AK0) to reduce astigmatism (off-label uses). There are benefits and risks associated with the use of the laser, and there may be additional costs.
How does surgery with the laser differ from traditional surgery to remove the lens? What are the benefits and cost?
Traditionally, the eye surgeon uses blades to create the incisions in the cornea (the front window of the eye), and other special instruments to create the capsulotomy (the circular incision in the outer layer of the cataract or clear lens). The surgeon also uses a phacoemulsification device that utilizes ultrasound power to break up the lens and remove it from the eye. The femtosecond laser can be used to perform some or all of these steps. The possible benefits of the laser include the ability to make more precise and consistent incisions in the cornea, a more circular and centered capsulotomy, and to pre-soften the cataract so less ultrasound energy is necessary with the phacoemulsification device.
Medicare and traditional health insurance pay for most aspects of the cataract surgery. However the phentosecond laser assisted cataract surgery has an additional cost above what insurance pays. With few exceptions there is no insurance that covers the laser portion of the procedure. This is an out of pocket expense paid by the patient.
How is the laser used to treat astigmatism?
Patients with astigmatism have several choices for the reduction of astigmatism. Nonsurgical options for astigmatism correction include glasses and contact lenses. Surgical correction of astigmatism can be achieved through a toric intraocular lens, a limbal relaxing incision (LRI) made manually with a blade, or an arcuate incision made with the femtosecond laser (AK). Refractive surgery such as LASIK or PRK can also treat astigmatism. The shape and size of incisions made with the laser may be more precise. Medicare does not pay for the surgical correction of astigmatism. If you choose a toric IOL, you will be responsible for the difference between the cost of the standard monofocal IOL and a toric IOL. If you choose LRI, AK, or refractive surgery, you will be responsible for paying the fees associated with it.
For more information visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's website.