Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States. And, with the first wave of baby boomers turning 65, the number of people suffering from decreased vision due to cloudy lenses, or cataracts, is only expected to grow. That’s why a new bladeless laser cataract removal technology, offered by Dr. Kurt Jute of The Laser Eye Institute, is so exciting.
It’s called ReLACS™, or Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery and like LASIK, it brings a new standard of precision to cataract surgery. This custom, blade-free, laser assisted cataract removal option allows Dr. Jute to plan and perform cataract surgeries to exacting, individualized specifications unattainable with standard cataract surgery. Dr. Jute performs the ReLACS™ procedure at Scotland Memorial Hospital.
“We’re excited because the same technology that we offer in our bladeless LASIK program is now available to those who suffer from cloudy vision due to cataracts,” says Dr. Jute. “There are no two eyes that are exactly the same, so our ability to use a laser instead of a blade will aid in the treatment of the growing population afflicted with cataractsThis new technology provides a more advanced manner by which to perform several steps of the procedure. Our adoption of this technology is a testament to our dedication to offer the most advanced procedures to the patients in our community.
Since cataract surgery with ReLACS™ uses a laser to perform the most critical steps of cataract surgery, which was previously done by hand, patients not only receive the highest-precision in surgical incision but can also reduce their dependence on glasses after their surgery. “For years we have offered advanced intraocular lenses that replace the cloudy lens we remove in cataract surgery” says Dr. Jute. “These lens options help people improve their vision at distance, at near, and even help people with astigmatism. When used in conjunction with ReLACS™, these lenses may mean a lot more freedom from glasses after cataract surgery for this group of people who remain very activefor decades after their retirement.”
For more information about this new procedure, please contact The Laser Eye Institute at 910-277-1411.