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About Laser Cataract Surgery Alabama Eye & Cataract Center at UAB Highlands in Birmingham, AL

By Marc Michelson, M.D.

Laser Cataract Surgery
Laser Cataract Surgery is performed by Birmingham Cataract Surgeon Marc Michelson, M.D. with the Alcon® LenSx® Femtosecond Laser. Today, thanks to the many advances in cataract surgery procedures and technology, patients no longer have to wait for cataracts to “ripen” before electing to have them removed, replaced with permanent clear lens implants and returning to an active everyday lifestyle. With bladeless laser cataract surgery in Birmingham we are able to take cataract surgery and lens implants to a new level of precision and safety for our patients at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center.

For most patients cataract surgery can be performed in the comfort of an outpatient surgery with “eye drop anesthesia” and through a very tiny incision that doesn’t even require stitches. These techniques along with advanced technology intraocular lens implants allow most patients to achieve their desired vision correction goals and resume their lifestyles in just a couple of days after their surgery. Even with modern cataract surgery being remarkably safe and effective, Dr. Michelson is constantly seeking ways to make procedures for cataract removal safer, more effective and even more predictable through the use of advanced technology.

Cataract surgery is a technically complex type of eye surgery requiring tremendous surgical skill for a number of steps that are currently performed manually. Recently researchers have worked with laser physicists, engineers and manufacturers to determine how to apply the femtosecond laser to cataract surgery.

From a surgical perspective, Dr. Michelson believes that incorporation of the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser into the cataract surgery and lens implant procedure is beneficial for:

Creating "perfect" incisions in terms of size and architecture, which is important in order to have the incision seal properly without the use of stitches and to prevent infection.

Creating a perfectly centered and sized "capsulotomy", which is the "opening" prepared in the front of the crystalline lens through which the cloudy lens material is removed.

Liquefying, softening or "chopping" the crystalline lens, allowing easier removal of the cloudy material.

Creating the possibility of precise corneal incisions, such as might be performed with Limbal Relaxing Incisions (LRI), to correct pre-existing astigmatism.

The advantage of Dr. Michelson using the LenSx® Femtosecond Laser to assist in cataract surgery is that it allows him to consolidate and convert many skill intensive steps of the cataract removal procedure into a more predictable procedure that benefits from enhanced laser created, surgeon controlled precision-resulting in even further improved clinical results. Laser cataract surgery allows eye surgeons to deliver a number of the skill intensive steps of cataract surgery in a safe, more precise and gentler manner.

If you or someone you know has cataracts or is considering cataract surgery and would like to learn more about laser cataract surgery, please call Alabama Eye & Cataract Center at 205-930-0930 to schedule an appointment.