New Laser Treatment Offers Hope for Cataract Patients

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new laser treatment for cataracts called femtosecond laser cataract surgery.

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens in the eye that can cause blurred vision, glare, and difficulty seeing at night. Traditional cataract surgery involves making a small incision in the eye and then using a scalpel to remove the cloudy lens. The surgeon then implants a new artificial lens.

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery uses a laser to create the incision in the eye and to fragment the cloudy lens. The surgeon then removes the fragments using a suction device. The new artificial lens is then implanted.

Here are some of the benefits of femtosecond laser cataract surgery:

  • Less invasive: Femtosecond laser cataract surgery makes a smaller incision in the eye than traditional surgery. This means less tissue damage and a faster recovery time.
  • More precise: The laser can create a more precise incision and fragment the cloudy lens more evenly. This can lead to better vision after surgery.
  • Safer: Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is a safe and effective procedure. It has been shown to be as effective as traditional surgery with fewer complications.

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