CATARACT

LASER-ASSISTED
CATARACT
SURGERY

HOOPES VISION

In the field of cataract surgery, the most exciting new development of the decade has been, without a doubt, the advent of laser-assisted cataract procedures.


Laser cataract surgery automates the first steps in the cataract surgery procedure: the initial incisions (including additional incisions for correcting astigmatism, if necessary); the capsulotomy, which is the opening of the lens capsule; and breaking up of the cloudy natural lens in preparation for removal. These steps, performed with hand-held blades and ultrasound probes in the traditional procedure, are performed by a fast, extremely accurate, computer-guided laser. This leads to improved precision, which can be consistent with better surgical outcomes for patients.

The unrivaled precision, speed, and safety of the laser-assisted procedure are pointing the way to a new era in the way cataracts are treated. Hoopes Vision was an early adopter of this new technology and was, in fact, the first surgery center in the world (and still one of only a very few worldwide) to have acquired multiple laser cataract platforms: the Alcon LenSx and the Optimedica Catalys.

Our
Technology

Hoopes Vision surgeons use the Catalys™ to create a custom treatment plan using the advanced 3D imaging technology that building a 3D image of the unique features of each patient’s eyes. Then, initial incisions are created (including those for astigmatism correction, if necessary). Next, our surgeons use the Catalys™ laser to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. As shown in clinical studies, creating this opening with the Catalys™ laser is approximately 10 times more accurate than with manual instruments. Finally, the laser is used to break up and soften the hardened, cloudy lens, which allows for easier and gentler cataract removal.

How does it work?

Hoopes Vision surgeons use the Catalys™ to create a custom treatment plan using the advanced 3D imaging technology that building a 3D image of the unique features of each patient’s eyes. Then, initial incisions are created (including those for astigmatism correction, if necessary). Next, our surgeons use the Catalys™ laser to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. As shown in clinical studies, creating this opening with the Catalys™ laser is approximately 10 times more accurate than with manual instruments. Finally, the laser is used to break up and soften the hardened, cloudy lens, which allows for easier and gentler cataract removal.

Head-To-Head Comparison

Because Hoopes Vision was the first practice in the world to acquire multiple cataract laser platforms, we were uniquely positioned to be able to compare their performance and results first-hand. The surgeons of Hoopes Vision conducted an extensive head-to-head comparison study of the Alcon LenSx and Optimedica Catalys, the first of its kind to be carried out anywhere in the world. This cataract laser study compared and contrasted the patient experience, surgeon’s experience, and patient outcomes from the two platforms. Based on the results of the study, we have elected to use the Catalys Precision Laser System exclusively for our patients.

LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY

Frequent Asked Questions


Many prospective patients have questions about laser-assisted cataract surgery. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the procedure.

WHAT IS LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY?

Laser-assisted cataract surgery utilizes a bladeless, computer-controlled laser allowing the surgeon to plan and perform your surgery to exact individualized specifications, not attainable with past cataract surgery methods.

WILL MEDICARE AND INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY?

Sadly, Medicare and most insurance companies refuse to pay the additional costs to provide this newer and more precise way of removing cataracts. They will, however, allow the patients who can to pay the extra cost and expenses to be able to have laser cataract surgery. We believe this is a more precise way to remove cataracts and will be the future of modern cataract surgery. We encourage our patients who can afford the extra expense to consider using our cataract laser during their surgery.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY?

Some of the benefits laser-assisted cataract surgery provides a patient include:

  • A technologically advanced procedure using 3D imaging
  • A treatment with potentially little or no discomfort
  • A more precise treatment
  • Gentler and easier cataract removal

AM I A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR LASER-ASSISTED CATARACT SURGERY?

Most cataract patients are candidates for laser cataract surgery. During your consultation, it is important to discuss your treatment options and visual expectations after cataract surgery with your doctor.

WILL I STILL NEED GLASSES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?

Today, cataract surgeons can provide you options to REDUCE your dependence on glasses or contact lenses, not eliminate altogether. Depending on the freedom you desire, technology is available to allow you to perform most daily activities without corrective lenses. The most common circumstances where corrective lenses were required after surgery are night driving, reading in low-light situations, and reading very fine print.

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Our Experience

Our team of cataract specialists is among the most experienced in Utah. Most importantly, they are among the most experienced in the country at laser cataract surgery and among only a handful of surgeons worldwide with the advantage of experience with multiple laser systems.

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Our Facility

Our on-site, state-certified, Medicare-approved ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, is a premier destination for laser cataract surgery. It was designed from the ground up for laser cataract surgery, and hosts visiting surgeons from around the world who wish to see this groundbreaking technology in action.

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Affordability


While our goal is to provide the safest, most advanced cataract procedures possible, we are also very proud of how affordable our care is. We work with almost all major insurance companies, and any upgrades not covered by insurance are often eligible for no-interest payment plans.