Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. With the first wave of baby boomers turning 65, the number of people suffering from decreased vision due to cloudy lenses, or cataracts, is expected to grow. A new technology called bladeless femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery offers a more exacting and less invasive alternative to traditional cataract surgery.

Polyclinic ophthalmologists Dr. Sameer Khan and Dr. Todd Johnston are the first eye surgeons in downtown Seattle to offer laser cataract surgery to their patients. The new procedure uses femtosecond laser technology with the LenSx® platform—based on the lasers used in LASIK vision correction surgery—along with image-guided software to help physicians create highly precise incisions and customizable surgery for each patient.

“We’ve been performing traditional cataract surgery for patients for more than a decade and we’re now excited to offer the latest technology in cataract surgery - bladeless laser cataract surgery,” said Dr. Khan. “With this innovative technology, cataract surgery is now more accurate, consistent, safer, and can potentially result in better visual outcomes in our patients.”

Designed for any patient with cataracts, the laser procedure performs the critical steps of cataract surgery. It is especially helpful in allowing for increased precision and accuracy in treating astigmatism, which is present in most patients and is commonly corrected with glasses. “We have been using similar lasers in Lasik and PRK surgery for years to correct astigmatism, and this newest technology allows similar benefits in treating astigmatism during cataract surgery,” said Dr. Khan. “This new technology allows us to customize each individual’s cataract procedure to a level of precision that was not previously available.” “For years, we have offered advanced intraocular lenses to replace the cloudy lens we remove in cataract surgery,” shared Dr. Khan. “These lenses, combined with this new laser technology, can help improve a patient’s vision and reduce their dependence on glasses after surgery.”

Contact the Ophthalmology department for more information on this procedure.