Stamford eye doctors perform bladeless laser cataract surgery

Posted by: admin on: January 4, 2012

Two local eye surgeons in Stamford are on the cutting edge of the latest technology for cataract removal. As the only doctors in New England to have been trained to use the recently FDA-approved bladeless laser refractive surgery, Drs. Jonathan Stein and Robert Noecker from Ophthalmic Consultants of Connecticut (OCC) are reporting improved precision in some of the critical steps in cataract surgery.


  • The laser makes cataract surgery bladeless and needleless, said Dr Jonathan Stein of the LenSx Laser.
  • The initial portion of a cataract surgical procedure involves suction and placing precise pressure on the eye, he said and added the laser offers a reproducible precision that produces excellent final vision results.
  • Stein, a specialist in corneal disease and refractive surgery, said he has cared for thousands of refractive surgery patients during his career, and has performed thousands of traditional cataract surgical procedures since 1999.
  • According to the Alcon website, the manufacturer of the LenSx, early proponents of the system report that, however precise their manual procedures seemed in the past, they see measurable improvements when using the LenSX Laser.
  • There is a certain level of precision beyond what the human hands are capable of, said Stein.
  • While traditional cataract surgery still offers excellent results, use of the laser in correcting astigmatism provides wonderful vision correction, said Stein.
  • A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye which will eventually impair normal vision.
  • The most common risk factors for cataracts are age, diabetes, eye injuries, drugs such as cortisone, cigarette smoke, alcohol and Vitamin E deficiency.
  • Symptoms of cataracts include: blurred or dimmed vision, difficulty with fine print, disabling glare, color distortion, double-vision or frequent eyeglass changes.
  • The laser, which has been used for vision correction surgery such as LASIX, received FDA approval in Feburary 2011 for use in cataract-surgery application.
  • I received didactic training and performed ten cases under supervision before performing the surgery on my own, said Stein.

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