The Fernández-Vega Ophthalmological Institute is committed to the latest femtosecond laser technology, which, despite the higher investment cost, offers the surgeon extra security during the procedure, which in turn benefits the patient´s peace of mind for being in good medical and technological hands.
Peace of mind and assurance
The femtosecond laser offers greater precision and safety in cataract surgery, generating peace of mind for the professional in the use of this technology, since it simplifies and makes intervention easier, especially in the most complex cases. In addition, it offers the patient offers greater safety, a faster recovery and the assurance of knowing that the latest technology is being used by the professional.
This technological tool brings speed, as it performs the cut in less than half a minute. The femtosecond performs cuts by emitting pulses of ultra-short laser light, lasting less than a picosecond, in the order of femtoseconds (1fs = 10-15 s), with very precise diameters and depth and controlled at all times by a visualisation of the incision in real time on screen.
Greater accuracy and safety in cataract surgery
Among the most common surgical approaches for the treatment of cataracts is the phacoemulsification technique. It consists of the ophthalmologist making an incision in the cornea in order to introduce a microprobe with ultrasound to fracture the lens core. Subsequently, the lens is then removed by suction and replaced by an intraocular lens.
In the procedure, the femtosecond laser is used combined with the posterior suction of the lens. This technique is known as 'femtophaco' or also through the acronym in English FLACS (Femto Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery).
Spain, a pioneering country in cataract surgery
The cataract, the opacity of the natural lens of the eye due to aging, is the leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Age-related cataracts cause 48% of blindness, that is, more than 18 million people, and cause poor vision in many millions more.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures and nearly 22 million operations are performed worldwide each year.
In Spain, the number of surgical procedures to solve cataract problems exceeds 400,000 a year, according to the data provided by the expert.
At the Fernandez-Vega Ophthalmological Institute, we have a consolidated trajectory in excellent cataract surgery, which is why we are in favour of using the latest technology available in our daily work.