‘Cataract surgery safer with laser’


High-tech: A visitor going through an eye check at the StarLIVE event – Robotics Technology for Safer Cataract Surgery – held at Menara Star.

PETALING JAYA: Safer cataract surgeries are now available due to technological advancements, say eye specialists.

Vista Eye Specialist chief consultant ophthalmologist, cataract and refractive surgeon Dr Aloysius Joseph Low said the Femtosecond laser system has led to increased precision and consistency during such surgery.

“Laser is highly accurate and precise, so the cuts are repeatable and consistent.

“When you have high precision and accuracy in your (surgery) cut, healing is faster and the accuracy makes it a safer surgery,” said Dr Low, who was one of the speakers at the StarLIVE talk titled “Robotics Technology for Safer Cataract Surgery”, which was held at Menara Star here yesterday.

Vista Eye Specialist senior consultant ophthalmologist, cataract and refractive surgeon Dr Alan Koh said the recovery time for cataract surgery was faster through the use of the system.

“For most patients, their corneas are clear by the next day, so they have clear vision by then. They can resume their daily activities the day after their surgery,” said Dr Koh.

He said this was one of the reasons that younger cataract sufferers preferred the laser-assisted cataract surgery.

Patients undergoing the conventional types of cataract surgery often take about a month to recover, he added.

Both Dr Low and Dr Koh said Malaysians are increasingly more aware of technological advancements in cataract surgery.

“This is the importance of education and awareness programmes for Malaysians,” said Dr Low, adding that technological advancements have helped the laser systems to be more accurate, precise and safer over the years.

Vista Eye Specialist chief executive officer Lim Boon Siong said that about 3,000 Malaysians have undergone Vista’s No-Blade Cataract Surgery at the company since it brought in the technology in 2011.

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