Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery Now Available in Sioux Falls
Jun 24, 2015 08:22PM ● Published by MED Magazine
Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls is now offering new technology for performing the most common surgery in the US – cataract surgery.
ReLACS (Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery) is a custom, blade-free, laser assisted cataract removal option that allows surgeons to plan and perform cataract surgeries to exacting, individualized specifications unattainable with standard cataract surgery.
“We’re excited because the same technology that we offer in our bladeless LASIK program is now available to folks who suffer from cloudy vision due to cataracts.” says Vance Thompson, MD. “There are no two eyes that are exactly the same, so our ability to use a laser to bladelessly treat the growing cataract population is really exciting.”
Since cataract surgery using ReLACS uses the laser to perform the most critical steps of cataract surgery, which used to be done by hand, patients not only receive the highest precision in surgical incision but can also reduce their dependence on glasses after their surgery.
“We see firsthand that just because someone needs eye surgery, doesn’t mean they want to be dependent on their spectacles or reading glasses,” says Dr. John Berdahl.
“For years we have offered advanced intraocular lenses that replace the cloudy lens we remove in cataract surgery,” says Dr. Thompson. “These lenses, when used in conjunction with ReLACS may mean a lot more freedom from glasses after cataract surgery for this group of people who remain very active for decades after their retirement.”
Vance Thompson Vision was the first center in the world to offer the technology.