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Published on February 29, 2012

Latest Technology: Eye Center at UCH Uses Laser Device for Cataract Surgeries

LenSx laser improves surgical precision, patient recovery and outcomes.

Aurora, Colo. – Eye surgeons at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) are using their scalpels less. Instead, they're embracing the latest technology for removing cataracts: bladeless cataract surgery. 

The LenSx® machine uses an incredibly precise laser to make incisions in the cornea, resulting in better patient outcomes and fewer complications compared to traditional cataract removal surgeries. The UCH Eye Center is the first in Denver to offer this technology.

Left untreated, cataracts can worsen over time

A cataract is a cloudiness of the lens inside the eye, which gradually worsens as we age. Cataract patients might need more light to read or see glare or haloes around lights. Most people with a cataract will experience a gradual decrease in eyesight.

Richard Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson

In addition to the precise, computer-guided incisions, the LenSx laser will also help break the cataract into small pieces so it can then be more easily removed.

Using precise measurements of the eye obtained prior to surgery, the surgeon will then place an artificial lens inside the eye. This lens will correct the patient’s vision, and it can even correct their astigmatism.

Richard Davidson, M.D., a specialist in cornea and cataract surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital Eye Center, says his patients have been very pleased with the procedure.

“The LenSx laser helps make this entire procedure incredibly quick and accurate,” said Davidson.  “Our patients are home the very same day and oftentimes state that their vision has never been better.”

The LenSx® femtosecond laser is the first laser in the United States to be FDA approved to perform laser-based, blade-free, cataract surgeries.  Femtosecond lasers emit pulses with durations of about one quadrillionth of a second.

Patients interested in more information should call the University of Colorado Hospital Eye Center at (720) 848-2020 to request an appointment.

About University of Colorado Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center. It is recognized as the highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivering quality health care by the University HealthSystem Consortium, and is ranked as the best hospital in the Denver metro area and one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. UCH is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to the patient bedside. The hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. Based on the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO, the hospital is where patient care, research and education converge to establish the future of health care delivery.

Contact: Dan Weaver 720-848-7852 or dan.weaver@ucdenver.edu

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