HealthWatch: Advancements in Cataract Surgery

New advances in cataract surgery are making the process more precise.

The LenSx laser from Alcon is the first to receive FDA approval to use a femtosecond laser in cataract surgery. Femtosecond lasers have been used for more than a decade in corneal eye surgery, like LASIK.

There are currently three LenSx machines in Arkansas. One is located in Fayetteville, another in Little Rock, and in Fort Smith, according to Dr. Randy Ennen with Ennen Eye Center in Fort Smith.

The laser makes the incision and divides the cataract, so no blades are used during the procedure. This allows doctors to expand on the current lifestyle lens options with more precise results.

Dr. Ennen said he’s excited about where the future is heading in eye care.

“Many steps and procedures can now be done with a laser,” Ennen said. “With that extra precision and accuracy, we can get more consistent outcomes and hopefully give people better vision and less need for glasses.”

For patients looking to get cataract surgery with LenSx, Ennen said the laser process takes less than a minute and you’ll feel a bit of pressure during that time.