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Bladeless Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

  • Understanding the Procedure

    Gleneagles Singapore, Bladeless Cataract Surgery

    Bladeless femtosecond laser cataract surgery is a form of cataract surgery where femtosecond laser technology is used to make the cut in the patient's eye. The name of the procedure comes from the length of the pulse used, which is measured in femtoseconds or quadrillionths (10 – 15) of a second.

    Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, with millions affected each year. Symptoms of cataracts include:

    • (a) Blurry, cloudy or dim vision
    • (b) Double or multiple vision
    • (c) Glare/halos
    • (d) Increasing myopia (short-sightedness)
    • (e) Declining night vision


    Cataract surgery has gone through several evolutionary waves, with bladeless femtosecond laser cataract surgery being the fourth and most advanced form available.

  • With bladeless femtosecond laser cataract surgery, the entire laser process is done under computer-guided imaging. This means there is greater control and reliability of the cut, which allows a perfectly shaped, perfectly sized and accurately centered capsule opening to be made into the cataract lens. This allows a more accurate positioning and insertion of the artificial lens implant, which improves the visual outcome. The femtosecond laser is also used to cut the cataract into 4 – 6 pieces, and this reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed to remove the cataract.

    Gleneagles Hospital's established team of highly specialised ophthalmologists and doctors, supported by a strong multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists, nurses and therapists, will guide patients with professionalism and care through the entire process from surgery to recovery and back to independence.

  • We understand that patients value efficient and effective treatment above all else, and that is what we provide at Gleneagles. Our highly-accomplished team of specialists and staff at Gleneagles Hospital will make it their priority to place your needs first in formulating a course of treatment.

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