The new LenSx® Control System is the most important advancement in cataract surgery in more than 20 years.
Recently, cataract surgery underwent a major advancement with the introduction of a new bladeless, computer-controlled laser called LenSx®.
Dr. Tyrie Jenkins performed Hawai‘i’s first LenSx® surgeries on January 31st at The Surgical Suites in Honolulu—one of only 75 clinics in the nation to offer LenSx® to patients.
Thanks to LenSx®, Dr. Jenkins is now able to plan and perform your cataract procedure with even greater accuracy and precision.
How does the LenSx® laser work?
Traditionally, surgeons make tiny manual incisions with a blade, then remove or aspirate out the cloudy lens (cataract) using ultrasound vibrations, and then replace it with a man-made lens implant.
During laser refractive cataract surgery, the LenSx® control system analyzes high-resolution images of your eye, allowing Dr. Jenkins to customize each procedure. Three dimensional, real time images guide her in the proper alignment of laser made incisions bringing a new level of precision to cataract surgery.
What does the LenSx® system do during cataract surgery?
- Anterior capsulotomy – an incision that opens the clear, cellophane-like capsule that wraps the natural crystalline lens of the eye. This precise circular incision makes for a more accurate placement of the intraocular lens.
- Lens fragmentation – softening and breaking up of the cataract lens of the eye allowing the surgeon to minimize the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataractous lens leading to faster visual recovery.
- Corneal incisions – all incisions of the cornea associated with cataract surgery including those that can treat astigmatism.
Will cataract surgeries only be done by the LenSx® laser from now on?
- Dr. Jenkins will decide the best technology for you based on your specific condition.
- In some cases, traditional cataract surgery may be required; in others LenSx® will be the preferred choice.
Will this procedure be covered by my medical insurance?
- While cataract surgery is typically billable to Medicare and many insurance companies, LenSx® is a premium-enhanced procedure that requires an out-of-pocket fee from the patient.
- Please check with your insurance company for specific eligibility and coverage benefits.
What are the advantages of LenSx® vs. traditional cataract surgery?
- Precision- LenSx® automates the most challenging procedures in cataract surgery. It creates the highest level of precision available with a cool laser instead of a blade.
- Safety- LenSx® may increase safety and potentially minimizes risk by providing a faster and less invasive procedure. (not in text – but since this is new tech – still being studied.)
- Control- LenSx® offers real time images to guide the surgeon for proper alignment.
- Better astigmatism management than traditional methods.
How does LenSx® reduce or eliminate astigmatism?
- The LenSx® laser places incisions on the cornea in specific areas to “relax” the eye to a more round shape (like a basketball). The precision of using a laser instead of a blade may result in better outcomes.
What should you expect after surgery?
- The ability to see more clearly, without fogginess, halos, and other symptoms.
- Generally, greatly improved vision. You may begin noticing the improvement in as little as 24 hours.
How long does the LenSx® laser procedure last?
- At Jenkins Eye Care, Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery with the LenSx® is an outpatient procedure lasting an average of 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
How many people have cataracts?
- Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older. By age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataracts. (American Academy of Ophthalmology 2009)
Click here to view the LenSx® article written by Dr. Tyrie Jenkins and featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser
Contact us to discuss your vision needs and if LenSx® is right for you.