Cataract surgery may be common, but managing complications can be challenging for ODs. Each year, new and old technology is adopted and reimagined to explore the best surgical approaches to cataract surgery. The goal is to improve safety, speed and simplicity to make it safer, faster, and easier.
This year has been no different, and Clark Chang, OD, MSA, MSc, FAAO; and Jim Owen, OD, MBA, FAAO, explored some of the complications and solutions during their lecture on the subject at Las Vegas’s Vision West Expo 2019.
Advantages of laser-assisted cataract removal
Although both femtosecond lasers and manual cataract removal each have advantages, Dr. Owen says that the two have noteworthy distinctions.
“Cataract surgery is five steps, the laser can be three,” Dr. Owen says.
The primary advantage of the femtosecond laser is precision. When compared to manual surgical methods, the femtosecond laser may offer better wound closure and less endophthalmitis, he says.
“If you can get better closure and better sealing, you get less endophthalmitis.”
This supports the optometrist’s goal of minimizing pro-inflammatory mediators during any type of refractive surgery, Dr. Chang says.
“That is going to eventually lead to quicker recovery for our patients,” he says.