AUG 15, 2011
We have been lucky enough to be one of the first sites to perform refractive laser-assisted cataract surgery (ReLACS) with the LenSx laser at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, S.D., where I practice. Straight out of the box, I found this to be an impressive technology that was an improvement over standard cataract surgery, particularly the ability to perform astigmatic keratotomies and beautiful, perfectly-centered and round capsulorhexes. As I stepped on the pedal to begin my first ReLACS procedure, I felt like I was operating sometime in the future; the quality of the imagery and the precision of the laser was incredible. Based upon my initial experience with ReLACS, which I describe in this article, I can say confidently that the hype surrounding ReLACS is justified and the technology is an improvement over manual cataract extraction. Dr. Berdahl also videotaped one of his first ReLACS cases.