LenSx Surgery

LenSx Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

ONE OF KANSAS CITY’S
FIRST LenSx
OPHTHALMOLOGISTS

For years, patients have asked us why LASIK can’t be used for cataracts. Now it can! LenSx puts the power of the same femtosecond-laser technology in the hands of our cataract ophthalmologists, enabling a safer, faster and more customizable procedure.

How does LenSx work?

To appreciate the excitement behind LenSx, it helps to understand traditional cataract surgery. In the first three steps, an ophthalmologist  makes several tiny incisions to:

  • Open the clear, cellophane-like capsule that wraps the eye’s natural lens (anterior capsulotomy)
  • Soften and break up the cloudy, cataract-affected lens (fragmentation)
  • Prepare the cornea for the replacement lens

 

While always painless, the incisions are made by hand with a small, bladed instrument. With LenSx eye surgery, however, these critical steps can be performed with a computer-controlled, blade-free cataract laser.

 

Like fingerprints, no two eyes are exactly alike. LenSx gives the ophthalmologist a brilliant three-dimensional map of each eye, allowing the femtosecond LenSx laser to be applied in the most precise and accurate manner possible.

 

What is a femtosecond laser?

 LenSx is a femtosecond laser, which is a device that creates bursts of laser energy at an extremely fast rate. This rate is measured in terms of a unit known as a femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second). Femtosecond lasers work similarly to LASIK lasers, using ultra-fast energy pulses to target and break up tissue or other substances at a molecular level without damaging nearby areas of the eye.

 

Why choose LenSx?

 LenSx is safe and is used in the initial phase of your cataract surgery. Your surgeon employs the LenSx laser to precisely make the surgical incisions that are needed for cataract removal. It can also aid in eliminating corneal astigmatism as well as softening the cataract for easier removal.  

 

What should I expect after LenSx surgery?

 You may experience some redness of the eye, dryness, a foreign body sensation or scratchiness. Some of this can be relieved by using artificial tears. You may experience some blurriness while your eye heals. You will be prescribed eye drops to use after surgery. Postoperative visits are scheduled for one day, one week and three to four weeks after surgery. 

  • Did You Know?

    Cataract surgery is the second most common type of surgery performed in the United States. (Cesarean childbirth is first.)

  • Cataract Surgery: Traditional Vs Laser

  • LenSx Specialist

    Dr. Timothy Walline, M.D. Dr. Walline sees patients at the Independence, Leawood and Warrensburg Eye Centers, plus Truman Medical Center – University Health and Lakewood locations.

For emergency or time sensitive appointments, call 913-261-2020
or 1-800-742-0020 (toll free).

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  • Examples: cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration.
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DO YOU QUALIFY FOR
LenSx

In general, anyone with cataract(s) and otherwise healthy eyes can be a candidate for LenSx. Conditions such as corneal opacity, glaucoma, a poorly dilating pupil and previous corneal surgery may preclude LenSx treatment, however.

Why Sabates Eye Centers for LenSx?

Sabates Eye Centers was one of the first to bring LenSx to the region, and it has made quite an impact in a short time. That doesn’t mean it’s the right option for everyone. We still perform traditional cataract surgery, because it remains highly effective, safe and, for most patients, economical.

 

The first step is always a thorough eye exam and consultation with a Sabates Eye Centers ophthalmologist. We’ll evaluate the conditions of your eye(s) and determine the best treatment together. Whether the choice is LenSx or conventional cataract surgery, the doctor helping you decide is the one who actually performs the procedure.

 

Is LenSx surgery covered by insurance?

Medicare and most insurance plans do not cover any of the LenSx cost. Our surgical concierge will check your benefits with your insurance carrier prior to surgery. You will know any out-of-pocket expenses before surgery. We have financing options available and your surgical concierge will assist you in this process. The surgeon’s fee is paid a week prior to surgery. The facility fee is paid on the day of surgery.