Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract Surgery on Long Island – Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO

Although micro-incision cataract surgery is an extremely safe and predictable procedure, the latest advancements in laser technology have led to an even more precise surgical method – laser cataract surgery. By using a laser to perform certain steps of cataract surgery, Dr. Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, FAAO, is able to increase the accuracy of the procedure for patients desiring an enhanced refractive outcome while reducing treatment time.

Laser cataract surgery involves the use of a femtosecond laser, which is typically used during bladeless-LASIK surgery (IntraLASIK), to perform specific steps of the procedure. Specifically, the femtosecond laser eliminates some of the need for handheld surgical blades and the amount of time an ultrasonic probe is used to break up the patient's cataract prior to its removal.

Laser Cataract Surgery: The Procedure

Dr. Donnenfeld uses the leading-edge Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser to perform the following cataract surgery steps:

  • Create laser corneal incisions and treat astigmatism with accurate incisions traditionally performed with a handheld blade
  • Perform anterior capsulotomy – incision in the lens capsule traditionally created with a surgical needle
  • Perform lens fragmentation – break up the cataract (phacoemulsification), traditionally performed with a handheld ultrasonic probe

After removing the eye's crystalline lens through laser cataract surgery, Dr. Donnenfeld implants a traditional or premium IOL into the patient's eye for clear postoperative vision. For more information on premium IOLs, please visit the respective page.

When compared to the advanced micro-incision cataract surgery, laser cataract surgery increases the accuracy of corneal and anterior capsulotomy incisions and may minimize phacoemulsification treatment time. Laser cataract surgery is also associated with more precise refractive correction and outcome along with less patient discomfort and a quicker, smoother recovery. Dr. Donnenfeld offers this latest procedure to cataract surgery patients in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

For more information on laser cataract surgery, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Donnenfeld. In addition to providing laser cataract surgery on Long Island, Dr. Donnenfeld also provides treatments for Long Island LASIK surgery patients.

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