Co-managing laser cataract surgery

February 28, 2013

Katherine M. Mastrota, OD, offers her view on one panelist’s presentation during the special session “Refractive/Cataract Surgery: The Future Revealed” at the 90th annual SECO International meeting in Atlanta.

Associate Optometric Editor Katherine M. Mastrota, OD, offers her view on one panelist’s presentation during the special session “Refractive/Cataract Surgery: The Future Revealed” at the 90th annual SECO International meeting in Atlanta:

Former Wills Eye Hospital surgeon Tyrie Jenkins, MD, spoke about her perspective on femtosecond laser cataract surgery, the implications of laser cataract surgery and OD cataract surgery co-management as part of a panel.

Dr. Jenkins, who is based in Honolulu, is a proponent of OD/MD cataract surgery co-management. She reviewed cataract surgery from couching to what may become the standard in cataract surgery today, laser-assisted cataract surgery. Laser-assisted cataract surgery has the potential to improve refractive outcomes and reduce cataract complications by creating a precise corneal incision and capsulorhexis as well as pre-treating the natural lens for removal with less phacoemulsification power.

The femtosecond photodisruptive laser produces microscopic bubbles that have the ability to divide material at a molecular level with no heat production. Interestingly, Dr. Jenkins notes that patient adoption of laser-assisted cataract surgery, currently an upcharge, is at 45% in her practice.