The Benefits Of Two Powerful Tools For Modern Cataract Surgery

Cataract Before and-after Picture - LocateadocLike any surgery, when cataract surgeries were first performed they were pretty risky, painful and required lengthy recovery periods. With the application of modern technology systems, cataracts surgery is safer and easier than ever. When you choose the right eye doctor with a supportive team in addition to the latest equipment out there, your eye surgery will go by like a breeze.

Two of the latest cataract surgery technologies out there are the Optiwave Refractive Analaysis (ORA) and the femtosecond laser technology. The average patient may wonder why they need to know about the specific technologies, but the difference between machines can make a huge difference in the results and comfort of a cataract surgery. We’re going to briefly, in plain language explain what makes these two machines so remarkable.

The Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA)

When a cataract surgery is performed, the eye lens is replace with a intraocular lens, or IOL. The ORA machine helps to precisely measure which type of lens should be used to replace the IOL. Before, this decision was made by the doctor who would do their best to select one that would reach the patient’s vision enhancement goals, but the doctors could not measure as accurately as an ORA can.

The ORA uses a beam of low intensity laser light during surgery. The beam is directed into the eye where it bounces off the retina. When the light reflects back it helps the sensor specifically measure the eyes focusing abilities, so it can pick out the best IOL by analyzing the data then choosing your implant’s power.

The Fetmosecond Laser Technology

Before lasers, painful blades were used to slice the eye open for cataract surgery. No longer, now computer-controlled femtosecond lasers, like the LenSx®, make a bladeless incision instead. Not only does this create a cleaner cut, but the computer enhance the amount of control in imperative parts of the cataract surgery. Using this technology the eye doctors can customize the treatment to match the exact dimensions of the eye.

As a result, the procedure is streamline and better result while also being a lot safe. If that weren’t enough, due to the specific nature of the lasers, doctors can treat different conditions in the same surgery using the laser, i.e. like an astigmatism.


Technology brings a lot of changes for good and for bad, but without a doubt these new machines have made all the difference in cataract surgery. If you have any additional questions about modern cataract surgery consult with your eye doctor.

To find a qualified board certified ophthalmologist to perform cataract surgery, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about its benefits.

Further Reading

  • An innovative new laser that may effectively remove cataracts was presented at the American Academy of Opthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in October 2009. The laser is currently undergoing clinical trials, and if it makes it to market, will be the first commercialized technology available for treating cataracts.