With refractive cataract surgery, instead of using a surgical blade, we use a laser to create a small opening in the front layer of the lens of the eye.
We then use the laser to break up the cloudy lens into smaller pieces.
The laser creates small incisions in the cornea allowing access to the cloudy lens inside the eye.
We then remove the pieces of lens using a tiny ultrasound suction device that we place through the incision.
Once we have completely removed the cataract, we insert an artificial lens through the tiny incision into the position where the natural lens used to be.
Because the incision is so small, it does not require any sutures.