Natural aging processes and other factors (e.g. family, injury, diabetes, eye surgery) can lead to clouding of the lens, colloquially known as cataract. The cloudiness reduces visual acuity and contrast vision, and colours are perceived differently. Vision is "foggy". The only way to treat cataracts is surgery. This is one of the most common medical interventions worldwide and has developed into a very safe technology over the last decades, which allows for optimal visual acuity and a gain in quality of life.


Standard method (phacoemulsification)

To be able to aspirate the lens, a circular opening of the lens capsule is first performed manually. The lens is then divided manually and crushed and aspirated with ultrasound. The foldable artificial lens is placed in the now empty capsular bag, where it remains for a lifetime.



Laser method
This modern technique is used for individual steps of the operation. First, the eye is measured extremely accurately on the operating table. The laser can perform the opening of the lens capsule extremely precisely (round and perfectly centered). The cloudy lens is cut up with the laser so that it can then be suctioned off without or with less ultrasonic energy, i.e. more gently. Unlike the standard method, which is practically always applicable, the femtolaser cannot be used in certain cases (eyes too small or pupils too narrow). The extreme accuracy of the femtolaser cannot be achieved manually.


Both methods have excellent results. The health insurance companies cover the costs of the standard operation, but not the use of the laser. During the preliminary examination we will discuss with you whether the newer laser method is appropriate for you