Introducing "Laser-Assisted" Cataract Surgery

Millions of people around the world live with cataracts, a common eye condition in which the lens in the eye becomes progressively cloudy, causing vision to become fuzzy or blurry, and making normal daily living activities more difficult. At a certain point, poor vision caused by cataracts cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts, but it can be treated with surgery by removing the clouded human lens and replacing it with an Intraocular Lens. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed medical procedures in the United States, with over three million surgeries performed each year.

For decades, cataract surgeons used handheld instruments to perform some of the most challenging parts of this procedure. Today, eye surgeons Dr. Amar Atwal and Dr. Ephraim Atwal are performing these steps with a laser system called CATALYS. Atwal Eye Care is the first practice in the Western New York area, and one of the first in the country, to implement this revolutionary technology. CATALYS combines a femtosecond laser, 3D imaging, sophisticated software and a number of other innovative features that make the cataract procedure highly customized, and more precise than the manual technique.

Called “Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery,” the laser allows Dr. Atwal to create a precise opening in the clouded human lens.  The laser then softens the cataract with precision laser pulses and breaks it into tiny pieces. The new softening technique allows for more gentle removal by nearly or completely eliminating the ultrasound energy required.  This step automates some of the most challenging parts of cataract surgery using real-time, 3-D visualization for truly customized treatment. 

After the lens material is removed, a pre-determined Intraocular Lens (IOL) is inserted into the eye. The lens power is recalculated and further refined in the operating room with a system called Opti Wave Refractive Analysis or “ORA”. The new lens will remain inside the eye, allowing light to clearly focus on the retina, and providing clear vision once again.

Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Dr. Atwal may recommend a tailored treatment plan with Catalys.  This may include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea, or with the use of a specific lens type, such as a multi-focal lens that allows for both near and distance vision. The goal of these tailored treatments is to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses.

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact Atwal Eye Care today to schedule a Cataract Consultation and learn more about which surgical option is right for you.