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Refractive Laser Assited Catarct Surgery arrives!

Refractive Laser Assited Catarct Surgery arrives!

I am excited to announce the arrival of Refractive Laser assisted cataract surgery (ReLacs) at East Carolina Center For Sight.

ReLacs is a package of services including:

The LenSx Laser from Alcon: A Femtosecond laser to make all incisions in the eye including the lens to achieve the most accurate and reproducible currently available surgery. Use of the laser results in a safer procedure. Less ultrasound is necessary to remove the lens particles as well.

Multiple additional eye measurements using different methods  and multiple different methods of calculation to allow me  to get the most accurate determination of your intraocular lens power. This is in addition to the standard measurements done in regular cataract surgery.

The ReLacs package can be paired with a Lifestyle lens; Multifocal or Toric to allow the best correction and rehabilitation of your vision.

Animation LenSx

Live surgery with LenSx  , Ultrasound is used in second half of surgery to remove lens fragments but the amount of energy is much less than conventional surgery.

The most recent software updates have made the laser faster, the imaging sharper, and the interface better improving the procedure even more.

See if you are a candidate for ReLacs with the LenSx Laser! Schedule your evaluation Today.


About the Author:Dr. Charles Titone

Charles W. Titone, M.D. is Board certified in Ophthalmology, licensed in North Carolina, New York and Florida. Dr Titone attended Howard University College of Medicine as one of handful of 6 year BSMD students and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1984. He is a member of The American Academy of Ophthalmology and, The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.

4 Responses to Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Comming to East Carolina Center for Sight

  1. Shelly Slader July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    So what are the differences between this and bladeless laser cataract surgery?? I am trying to weigh my options.

    • Dr. Charles Titone October 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Bladeless catarct surgery is a generic term , some Ophthalmologists use a standard Femtosecond Laser to make the corneal incisions only; while this is advantageous it does not take advantage of the lens opening and dividing features of the LenSx or other newer lasers desinged for Laser assisted cataract surgery.

      • I had lasik back in April. It didn’t hurt at all. Afterwards, all I had was a little dysenrs, maybe a little burning, but nothing that I would even consider uncomfortable. All of this went away in just a few days, and they give you drops that completely ease this. All I can say is that it was the best thing that I have done in a long time. Waking up the next morning and being able to see things clearly, there is nothing like that.One thing that I did do was research the doctors in my area. I ended up paying almost $4000 for my surgery, but I got the best. (your eyes are nothing to skimp on).There are some downsides to consider. 1) It is sort of a trade off. You get nice clear distant vision, but as you age, your reading vision will decline. At around 40 (average) you will need reading glasses at about the same strength of your current distant vision. On the other hand, everybody loses reading vision as they age anyway. I figure. I would have ended up needing reading glasses when I get old anyway, plus I much prefer only wearing glasses for reading as opposed to all the time for the rest of my life. Also, I am 37 now, and my reading vision is perfect so far.2) You may hear some people say that you will see a halo around lights after the surgery, but this is temperary, and is mostly just around LED lights, and it never bothered me much.A doctor will map your eye so that the best outcome is achieved. So as long as you find a good doctor, you will be fine.The actual procedure takes about 10 min. total. They lay you down under the machine, numb your eyes with drops. Then, they place a thing around your eye to hold the lid open (doesn’t hurt, just a little pressure) then they will tell you to look at a light and the laser cuts the flap. The doctor folds the flap back, and for a second your vision goes blurry. Then the laser zaps off the correct amount of your cornia in the exact spots that your eye map dictates. Then the dr. folds the flap back down and then he will use a surgical wipe to wipe down the flap on your eye. You will see all of this, but all you will feel is wetness from the solution. Then, he swings you around under the other side of the machine, and does everything on the other eye. Plus, you will feel totally relaxed, because they give you a valium before starting. Was this answer helpful?

        • Dr. Charles Titone July 26, 2014 at 11:52 am

          I am happy your LASIK was successful, this is the expirence most people have. The Laser in this article is for Catarct surgery not LASIK.