Clinical Associate Professor Michael Lawless recently wrote an article for mivision – The Role of FLACS in 2017 – about why he predominantly uses laser cataract surgery for his patients and what he believes the benefits of this procedure are over manual (traditional) cataract surgery.
Below is an excerpt from the article.
‘There are many different surgical devices and techniques used by individual surgeons which suit them and their patient cohort. Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery is one of them, which offers particular advantages.
Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) was introduced to Australia in early 2011. The precision and reproducibility of a laser capsulotomy and the reduction in phacoemulsification energy during FLACS have been well documented, with evidence of faster visual recovery and more stable refractive results.
Australian surgeons have contributed to the world literature, and were helpful in educating surgeons about early problems with capsular block syndrome, imperfect capsulotomies, and the risk of capsular tears. Advances in laser technology, patient interfaces and surgical technique have resolved these issues with no further cases of capsular block recorded since 2012, and large studies on different platforms reporting close to a 100 percent rate of achieving a round, free-floating capsulotomy with an anterior capsular tear rate of 1:1000.’
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