I’m excited to announce the beginning of Laser Cataract Surgery coming to the Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center. My partner, Dr. Sheridan Lam, and I have been working for months to bring the Catalys Femtosecond Laser to Dupage County. We are at the beginning of a revolution in cataract surgery and now our patients will be among the first to reap the benefits.
Every decade or so, a new method of surgery is created that completely changes everything and this new method of using a laser is just so revolutionary. While I will get into the specifics of what all we can do, let me start a series of posts by simply explaining what will happen.
This is true robotic surgery. When I perform this, I won’t be holding some laser scalpel in my hand. Instead, my patient will literally dock their eye into a sophisticated laser machine complete with visual scanning system that looks deep into the eye. I will program what cuts need to be made into the cornea (where, what angle and shape) and how I want the cataract to be cut up. Then the laser machine, in a few minutes, will make precise cuts into the eye and into the cataract lens.
Afterwards, the patient will be prepped and moved to the microscope where I will perform the cataract surgery. The difference is that the eye has been fully prepared, the cataract has been “softened” and the whole surgery will be safer, faster, with less energy delivered to the eye structures leading to a faster recovery and better outcome.
The new Catalys laser has been delivered to Elmhurst. I can hardly wait to start!