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Laser Cataract Surgery at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Surgery Center

04/04/2014

Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center Now Offers Precision Laser Cataract Removal

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Livingston, NJ – The Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center now offers the LenSx Laser to perform laser refractive cataract surgery with a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that ensures the highest-precision surgical incisions.

"We are proud to offer the most advanced refractive eye care treatments for our patients," said Steve Velazquez, Manager, Refractive Surgery Center. "The LenSx Laser provides computer controlled accuracy delivering the most technologically advanced option for our cataract patients."

LenSx utilizes a femtosecond laser and offers an alternative to the mechanical cuts used in traditional LASIK. This technology brought both safety and precision to the surgeon and the patient. This same innovation used for all-laser LASIK is now revolutionizing cataract surgery.

The key benefits of the femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery versus traditional manual cataract surgery are:

1) The laser provides a more precise circular incision around the cataract, which is associated with more accurate placement of the intraocular lens implant. The main corneal incision is created through multiple planes to reduce the potential for wound leakage. A real-time computerized laser imaging system guides the laser beam to the correct target during the surgery.

2) The laser pre-softens the cataract, allowing surgeons to minimize the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract lens. Decreased usage of ultrasound energy is associated with faster visual recovery and reduces the chances of thermal injury to tissues inside the eye.

3) Using the laser to create all corneal incisions also allows the surgeon to minimize the amount of astigmatism patients have after surgery, which lessens the needs for glasses subsequently.

"We are thrilled to have this technology available to us. Prior to this, cataract surgery was performed by hand with blades or needles. With the LenSx laser, I am able to perform my patients' surgeries to more exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods. More importantly, I am seeing that my patients recover more quickly and are even more satisfied with their outcome," said Matthew Marano, MD, Chair Ophthalmology Section.

For more information about our physicians who perform cataract surgery on the LenSx Laser at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, please visit www.barnabashealth.org/refractive. The Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center located at 200 South Orange Avenue in Livingston, NJ, is one of the nation's most sophisticated ambulatory health care facilities. We provide the highest quality medical care in an environment that sets a new standard for patient satisfaction. The ACC provides patients with special amenities during their visit: complimentary child care, health care concierge service, free valet parking, onsite retail pharmacy, free wireless internet, and onsite café. For more information visit barnabashealth.org/acc or call 973-322-7000.

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