Washington's First Bladeless Cataract Laser

For more than 20 years, the pioneering doctors at Evergreen Eye Center have helped set the standard in cataract care and lens implantation. Today, our tradition of eye care excellence continues with the introduction of a breakthrough cataract procedure as unique as the eye itself.

Drs. John Jarstad, Robert Tester, Gary Chung and Linda Day are proud to introduce the first FDA approved LenSx® femtosecond cataract laser in Washington State. Using highly advanced technology to capture extremely precise, real-time, high-resolution digital images of the eye, our team of cataract surgeons can now plan and perform cataract surgery to customized specifications that were previously unachievable.

Laser vs. Traditional Cataract Surgery

Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with the LenSx femtosecond cataract laser has significantly improved the precision of several of the most critical steps that were traditionally performed manually. The precise, reproducible steps performed by the laser means better IOL placement within the eye, less trauma to the eye, and more predictable visual results which are especially important with Premium IOLs.

Laser Cataract Surgery & Premium IOLs

Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery is performed on our cataract patients that choose to have their astigmatism corrected or that choose to have one of our Premium IOLs such as the AcrySof® ReSTOR IQ, AcrySof® Toric IQ, Tecnis® Multifocal, or Crystalens®.The procedure is performed in our Federal Way surgical suite and takes only fifteen to twenty minutes.

The Technology

Cataract surgery with phacoemulsification was invented in 1967. This technology has proven to make cataract surgery one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today. Although phacoemulsification is still the primary method used in cataract removal, many of the critical steps with traditional Phacoemulsification surgery are still performed with either a surgical blade, a bent needle or forceps. Now, with the LenSx® femtosecond laser, Drs. Jarstad, Tester, Chung and Day can perform these steps without the use of blades and with a greater amount of precision.

Femtosecond Laser Steps

The LenSx femtosecond laser first creates an opening in the thin capsular membrane that surrounds the natural lens, called a “capsulorhexis”. This step provides an opening to remove the cataract. Studies have shown that less than 10% of manual capsulorexi, which are made with a bent or shaped needle, have been able to achieve the same accuracy that is produced with the femtosecond laser.
In order for the cataract to be removed, the lens must be softened and divided into manageable sections. This critical step is also performed with the laser, which creates less stress to the delicate fibers surrounding the capsular membrane that will hold the intraocular lens in place.
Another laser step involves creating the primary and secondary incisions. These stair-step incisions are self sealing and rarely need suturing. Two additional arcuate incisions can also be created that are designed to reduce a patient’s pre-existing astigmatism.
Once these steps are completed, your surgeon will remove the cataract with phacomulsification and implant the IOL that you choose.

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