Femto second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) 

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Femto second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) Facts

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Our cataract surgeon in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Madhava Rao, holds rich experience in the field and has been offering precise laser cataract surgeries for years to individuals with vision problems. 

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts present more than just typical vision problems, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. They manifest as cloudy areas on the lens of the eye, primarily impacting older individuals and worsening over time. Without intervention, they can lead to partial or complete vision loss. Cataract surgery is often advised for those affected, aiming to eliminate the cloudy cataract and restore clear vision. 

Laser cataract surgery, a modern approach, offers enhanced precision and outcomes compared to traditional techniques. 

The Concept of Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser cataract surgery involves the removal of a cloudy lens by an eye surgeon using a laser, followed by the insertion of an artificial prescription lens to restore clear vision. This approach typically leads to improved healing and reduced complications compared to traditional cataract surgery in Abu Dhbai, which utilizes a scalpel. While the procedure is generally considered safe and effective, it is not completely devoid of risks. 

The entire process lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours from check-in to discharge, with the actual procedure consuming less than 30 minutes. While most individuals remain conscious during the surgery, they receive medication to induce relaxation. Initially, medication is administered to dilate the eyes, typically in the form of eye drops. This dilation aids in utilizing 3D mapping technology and allows the surgeon to thoroughly examine all eye structures. 

Each eye is treated separately, with the surgical area numbed to ensure a painless experience. You may observe the laser’s flashing lights and feel slight pressure, although some individuals report no sensation at all. 

Steps involved in Laser Cataract Surgery

Our eye surgeon performs Laser cataract surgery in Abu Dhabi as an outpatient basis which allows patients to return home on the same day. 

The procedure involves several steps: 

  • Incision: A femtosecond laser creates a precise incision in the eye, guided by built-in optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging, which provides a detailed image of the eye. 
  • Capsulotomy: Using the femtosecond laser, a circular opening is made within the lens capsule to facilitate access to the cataract. This ensures precise sizing, shaping, and centering over the cataract, as well as accurate positioning of the new lens.  
  • Cataract fragmentation: The femtosecond laser may be utilized to fragment the cataract into smaller pieces, making it easier to remove with ultrasound vibration, particularly beneficial for dense cataracts. 
  • Phacoemulsification: High-speed ultrasound vibration dissolves the cataract into tiny fragments, which are then gently suctioned out of the eye. 
  • Replacement: A new lens is manually inserted into the existing capsule, completing the procedure. 

The laser device is used for performing the incision, cataract fragmentation, and capsulotomy, while the insertion of the new lens is carried out manually. 

For whom is laser cataract surgery recommended?

People experiencing a smudged or murky window vision or individuals with cloudy, foggy, blurry, or hazy may be advised a laser surgery. 

Laser-assisted cataract surgery may also be recommended for individuals requiring correction of astigmatism during the procedure or those in need of a specialized lens implant, such as a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL). These advanced procedures demand a level of precision beyond what can be achieved with manual cataract eye surgery. 

Recovery and Healing

Recovery Period 

Following laser cataract surgery, the healing process typically spans several weeks, although clarity of vision may improve within a few days post-procedure. While driving may become possible within the initial week, it is advisable to await approval from your healthcare provider before resuming this activity. Prescription antibiotics and anti-inflammatory eye drops are usually prescribed post-surgery to aid in the healing process. 

You will have a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider within the first week, and if an adjustable IOL was inserted, another visit approximately two weeks later is recommended for vision assessment and adjustment of the prescription using ultrasound light. Further evaluation is scheduled a few months after surgery, with full recovery anticipated within about three months. 


During the healing period, which lasts several weeks, it is crucial to shield your eyes from potential harm. Avoid exposing your eyes to water or chemicals such as hairspray and household cleaners. Wear sunglasses outdoors to safeguard your eyes from sunlight and bright indoor light. 

It is common to experience visual disturbances like bright lights or halos during the healing process. Additionally, you may encounter sensations of dryness or grittiness in the eyes. Artificial tears can provide relief in accordance with your healthcare provider’s recommendations. 

Traditional and Femto second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

Traditional cataract surgery involves the use of manual techniques, such as a handheld blade, to make incisions and remove the cloudy lens. In contrast, laser cataract surgery employs advanced laser technology to perform precise incisions, fragment the cataract, and create an opening in the lens capsule. This laser-assisted approach offers increased accuracy and customization, potentially leading to better visual outcomes and reduced risk of complications. Additionally, laser cataract surgery may result in quicker recovery times and improved overall patient satisfaction compared to traditional methods. 

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Advantages of Laser Cataract Surgery

What prompts individuals to opt for laser surgery over conventional methods? There are several notable advantages: 

Considering Femto second Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (FLACS) in Abu Dhabi? Consult our eye and cataract surgeon in Abu Dhabi - Dr. Madhava Rao 

If you’re in the process of deciding upon a laser cataract surgery in Abu Dhabi, look no further than consulting with our esteemed Ophthalmologist in Abu Dhabi  – Dr. Madhava Rao. With his expertise and dedication to patient care, Dr. Madhava ensures the highest quality of treatment tailored to your individual needs. Rest assured, you’re in capable hands as you embark on your journey towards clearer vision and improved eye health. 

Schedule a consultation with Burjeel eye doctor, Dr. Madhava today to explore your options and take the first step towards a brighter, cataract-free future. 

& Memberships

Accolades - 
Your Eyes are in Award-winning Hands

Ophthalmologist Education Award

A testament to Dr. Rao's commitment to advancing ophthalmic education and sharing knowledge with the next generation of eye care professionals.

International Ophthalmology Scholar Award

Recognizing his significant contributions to the global ophthalmology community, this award highlights Dr. Rao's role in enhancing the understanding and treatment of eye diseases worldwide.

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