The innovative AquaLase® Liquefaction Device offers an alternative to ultrasound in soft to medium density cataract lenses while potentially reducing surgical complications.
Fluidic Pulse Technology
Warmed pulses of BSS® sterile irrigating solution are delivered through a smooth polymer tip to delaminate and separate lens tissue. Each pulse is only 4 microliters and is delivered in a “scoop-like” energy pattern. The smooth capsule-friendly tip is designed to improve your ocular safety while allowing you to perform your lens removal with a “more in the bag” technique. The fluidic pulses are individually made and delivered with no mechanical motion of the tip and the pulse energy density is quickly dampened within the fluid of the anterior chamber, reducing risk to surrounding tissue.
One of the Safest & Most Successful Procedures Performed Today
Great advances have been made in cataract surgery. Millions of people undergo this vision-improving procedure every year. And, they experience excellent results.
For patients, it's a simple operation. A tiny incision is made in the eye. Through this incision, the surgeon inserts an instrument, about the size of a pen tip. The surgeon may select to use either an AquaLase® * device, which uses gentle pulses of liquid to wash away your cloudy lens, or an ultrasonic instrument that breaks up and gently removes your cloudy lens.
Instrument breaking up and removing pieces of clouded lens.
Once the clouded lens has been removed, the next step is to replace it. That is, to implant an artificial lens that will do the work of your own lens. This artificial lens is referred to as an intraocular lens or IOL.
How will it feel?
Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure. You'll spend just a few hours at the site. Because your eyes will be treated with anesthetic, you should feel little to no discomfort.
After the surgery, you'll be given a short time to rest. Then, the very same day, you can go home. Within the next 24 hours, your doctor will probably want to see you for an evaluation. Drops will be prescribed to guard against infection and help your eyes heal. For a few days, you may need to wear a clear shield, especially at night, to prevent you from rubbing your eye.