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femtosecond small incision lens extraction

Alexander C Day, Daniel M Gore, Catey Bunce, Jennifer R Evans
BACKGROUND: Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world, and cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed operations in the Western world. Preferred surgical techniques have changed dramatically over the past half century with associated improvements in outcomes and safety. Femtosecond laser platforms that can accurately and reproducibly perform key steps in cataract surgery, including corneal incisions, capsulotomy and lens fragmentation, are now available. The potential advantages of laser-assisted surgery are broad, and include greater safety and better visual outcomes through greater precision and reproducibility...
July 8, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Leonardo Mastropasqua, Roberta Calienno, Manuela Lanzini, Mario Nubile
PURPOSE: Femtosecond laser-assisted small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) was performed to correct myopic astigmatism in a 39-year-old patient who had previously undergone deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) for keratoconus, with clinically significant anisometropia and contact lens intolerance. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: SMILE was planned in the right eye to reduce the refractive error and to allow spectacle correction. The surgical procedure was centered on the visual axis, a 5...
September 2015: Journal of Refractive Surgery
S Trikha, A M J Turnbull, R J Morris, D F Anderson, P Hossain
Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) represents a potential paradigm shift in cataract surgery, but it is not without controversy. Advocates of the technology herald FLACS as a revolution that promises superior outcomes and an improved safety profile for patients. Conversely, detractors point to the large financial costs involved and claim that similar results are achievable with conventional small-incision phacoemulsification. This review provides a balanced and comprehensive account of the development of FLACS since its inception...
April 2013: Eye
Ramon Naranjo-Tackman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To look at the recent applications of femtosecond laser (FSL) technology for capsulotomy and nuclear fragmentation in cataract surgery, the potential advantages, such as more precise and adjustable capsulotomies and the use of less phaco energy with this technology. RECENT FINDINGS: The FSL can create incisions or spaces of different shapes, at a desired depth. This has started the application of the technology in the lens: after a clear image is taken of the lens through a previously dilated pupil, circular capsulotomy is done, with precision in shape and diameter, and in most cases, just needs to be grabbed, or requires very small use of the with the forceps...
January 2011: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
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