Laser cataract surgery has marked an exciting development in the field of cataract treatment, and our team is at the forefront of this innovative, safe, and highly effective technique. Dr. Laurence T.D. Sperber has worked directly with the inventor of the procedure, Dr. Jack Dodick, to develop the Dodick Laser Photolysis procedure. This technique uses laser energy to break up the cataract, which is then removed through an incision that is half the size of the incisions required for traditional cataract surgery. As one of the first ophthalmologists to offer this treatment nationwide, Dr. Sperber can help you receive the treatment you need with precision and a reduced recovery time at his office in New York, NY.
Laser-Assisted vs. Traditional Technique
There are several advantages of the laser-assisted protocol over the present technique, which is called ultrasound phacoemulsification. First, there is much less energy used during laser cataract removal, making the procedure safer to the surrounding tissues inside the eye. Second, the 1.5 millimeter-long incision required for laser cataract surgery is about half of the length of the incision required for traditional surgery. This allows for even more rapid healing than the present techniques we use in cataract surgery. Dr. Sperber has worked with Dr. Dodick and several experts around the world to develop this device and technique. Thanks to his work in the development of Laser Photolysis, Dr. Sperber is among the most experienced laser cataract surgeons and one of the first surgeons in the United States to offer this innovative treatment. Since the procedure received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Device Advisory Panel in 2000, we have been treating cataract patients with great success and effective results.
Along with less invasive incisions, a reduced recovery, and improved accuracy, you could undergo laser cataract surgery performed by one of the pioneers of this treatment.
Planning Your Surgery
Laser cataract surgery also allows Dr. Sperber to digitally plan your procedure, mapping the surface of your eye and gathering information about the condition of the lens with digital imaging technology. This information allows the laser to target the exact location, size, and depth of the incisions that will be required to access and break down your cataracts. At a consultation, you can also discuss the right type of lens for your needs. Dr. Sperber offers premium IOLS, such as toric lenses. He will use the advanced ORA™ System during surgery to confirm the IOL type and power are optimal before placement.
The Laser Photolysis procedure begins with Dr. Sperber making two small incisions on the surface of your eye using a specially constructed diamond blade. The capsule of the cataract is opened and two probes are introduced into the eye. Using the laser, the cataract is broken up into small pieces and suctioned out of the eye through these fine probes. After the cataract is completely removed, the incision is enlarged slightly and a foldable intraocular lens implant is inserted into the eye. The tiny incisions seal without any stitches and you can usually leave the office immediately following surgery. Thanks to these reduced incisions, recovery is extremely rapid and most patients are able to return to their everyday activities the very next day.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in laser cataract surgery and the tremendous advantages it has over conventional surgery, Dr. Sperber can help you determine whether you are a candidate for this exciting, innovative procedure. Along with less invasive incisions, a reduced recovery, and improved accuracy, you could undergo laser cataract surgery performed by one of the pioneers of this treatment. To schedule your consultation, call our office at (212) 753-8300 or submit an online contact form.