LenSX™ Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery (LCS) and FLACS
Schedule at any of our Ohio locations: Canton, Canfield, or Alliance
what is LensSx femtosecond laser cataract surgery (fLACS)
LenSx™ Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery (FLACS) is relatively new (2011) technology. At Roholt Vision Institute, we have always been in the forefront of advancements in eye surgery, and the doctors here have experience with FLACS. However, most patients elect CustomCorrection eye surgery because of the added expense and no real benefit of FLACS. We can offer LenSx™ FLACS to patients who desire CustomCorrection™ eye surgery, at any one of our three locations, Canton, Alliance, or Canfield. However, we feel that the outcomes utilizing this technology are not significantly better and do not warrant the added surgical time and out-of-pocket expense to the patient.
This procedure is a safe, effective alternative to current, state-of-art techniques such as Roholt Vision’s CustomCorrection™. We will look at what FLACS does, then examine recent research.
how fLACS Works
The basic concept of FLACS is to use the following three major components: docking, optical aiming, and femtosecond laser. A vacuum docking system that connects the laser to the eye. It is similar to the suction device used for LASIK or bladeless LASIK. An imaging device in the LenSx system takes detailed pictures to plan the surgery. The last component is using the laser, which can perform the corneal and lens capsule incisions and softens up the cataract
how is the procedure performed
In Laser Cataract Surgery, LCS or FLACS, the procedure is performed as follows: the treatment plan is loaded into a computer, drops are administered, the eye is docked, the laser first cuts the incisions (into the eye and on the lens capsule). Then the patient is brought to the operating room so the cataract can be removed and the lens implant placed in the usual manner. LCS takes longer because, although some steps are performed automatically, the patient usually needs to be transferred from the laser to the operating room, in addition to the laser procedure.
LensSx surgery vs. CustomCorrection cataract surgery
With the FLACS here’s what can be done well: incisions are precise (although most FLACS surgeons complete the incision with traditional blades), the cataract lens capsule opening is perfectly round and centered (but not as precisely as with the Zepto device used at RVI). Less energy is used to remove the cataract with FLACS. But the cut edge of the capsule is not as strong as when it is performed with Zepto. Postop Day One corneal swelling is less than conventional surgery (although FLACS causes increased inflammation). Visual results after surgery with the use of the LenSx Laser, or other lasers that perform FLACS are equivalent to advanced cataract surgery or CustomCorrection™. (FLACS compared to traditional cataract surgery)
will insurance cover fLACS cataract surgery
The additional cost for the use of this technology is an out-of-pocket expense for the patient since it is not covered by Medicare or Private Insurance Companies.