So today’s topic is going to be on Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery also known as FLACS. In particular, we’re going to be discussing whether or not the literature supports the marketing.
It’s quite common for those who have had cataract surgery to notice tearing, foreign body sensation, mild soreness, “scratchy eye”, or a “tired eye” for a period of time after surgery. Although not entirely understood there are a few likely suspects including…
Most everyone with cataracts is old enough to have gained some basic wisdom regarding advertising: “Don’t believe everything you’re told.” With regard to “laser cataract surgery” that wisdom could serve you quite well indeed.
Dr. David Richardson talks about cataracts, cataract Surgery, types of intraocular lenses, and laser cataract surgery or laser-assisted cataract surgery.
FAQ #1: “Why haven’t I heard of this lens before?” Staar is a relatively small company compared to Alcon, AMO, and B&L (the big three IOL makers in the USA). As such, Staar simply doesn’t have the marketing budget to compete. Hate to break it to you, but doctors are just as likely to be swayed by marketing as anyone else.
A multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) focuses both distance and near images onto the retina at the same time. Amazingly, our retinas and brains are generally able to “see” both images clearly. This results in a greater range of clear vision with a reduced need for spectacles after cataract surgery. There are, however, some downsides to the multifocal IOL: