What exactly is cataract surgery?
Thanks to innovative medical advances, cataract surgery is one of the safest and most successful procedures performed today. Cataract surgery is generally a common outpatient procedure, generally with little discomfort, requiring only a few hours and topical anesthetic. The goal of the operation is to break the old, cloudy lens into pieces, remove the pieces from the eye and insert a replacement lens to replace the natural lens. Traditionally, the surgeon would accomplish these tasks by making a tiny incision in the eye and then using an instrument about the size of a pen tip. Now, patients also have the option of choosing a bladeless, computer-controlled refractive cataract laser to perform several of the most critical steps of cataract surgery.
A custom tailored solution for your eyes.
While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is just a bit different in terms of size, depth, curvature of the cornea and other key features. Which is why every eye must be carefully measured and mapped prior to cataract surgery. While these measurements have been routinely performed prior to surgery, the LenSx Laser uses a range of highly advanced technologies - including integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) - to capture precise, high-resolution images of your eyes. These images are then used to plan and perform a surgery to exacting specifications not attainable with traditional surgery.
Is the usage of this technology covered by my insurance?
No, the LenSx Laser is not, and may never be, a covered benefit by health insurance. However, we do offer different packages for patients to choose from, please call for more information.
Please complete the following questions below, AFTER watching the above video:
1. In regards to cataract surgery, what decision is now available to patients?
a. They don't have any decisions to make
b. They can choose how the doctor conducts the entire cataract surgery
c. They can choose how their cataracts will be removed
2. What is the name of the new form of surgery?
a. New Technological Cataract Surgery
b. Laser Refractive Cataract Surgery
c. Lasik Laser Lens Removal Surgery
3. What is the name of the machine used?
a. Femoluscent Laser Machine
b. LenseFx Laser
c. Femto Laser & LenSx Laser
4. What is this new piece of technology designed to do?
a. To bring a new level of accuracy and reproducibility to refractive cataract surgery
b. To establish a means of transferring surgeries from physicians to machines
c. To perform robotic cataract surgery, since robots are more technological
5. This new technology allows the surgeon the ability to create precise repeatable incisions using a image guided laser.
6. What is the medical term used to describe the removal of the outer layer of the lens?
7. What is the purpose of the laser?
a. Zap opens the patients eye, to make it easier for the surgeon
b. Correct the patients vision
c. Allow the surgeon access to removing the cataract
8. The use of laser for cataract surgery is the same as lasik surgery.
9. This new laser technology is covered by:
a. Some commercial insurance plans
b. No insurance companies
c. Only by medicare insurance
10. If a patient calls and asks if Dr. Rinderknecht does laser cataract surgery, what should your response be (write it out):
11. How much is our charge for the laser technology, not including the facility (BEI) charges?
a. $400 for the laser plus an additional charge if the patient wants a Toric or Restor lens replacement
b. $1000 for the laser plus an additional charge if the patient wants a Toric or Restor lens replacement
c. $700 for the laser plus an additional charge if the patient wants a Toric or Restor lens replacement
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