A new laser is already available in Spain, the Wavelight FS200, which is faster, more accurate and safer to perform surgical interventions on the cornea, from transplants to refractive surgery, a treatment that is frequently used to correct visual disturbances as prevalent as myopia, presbyopia or astigmatism.

The type of laser used so far to carry out these treatments needed much more energy than the FS200 and also exerted more pressure on the cornea than the new device, which also does not damage the surrounding tissues, so the procedure, as Jorge Luis García Pérez explains, ophthalmologist of the Clinic Rementería de Madrid, is safer for the patient and allows the specialist to work more accurately.

With the new device, the cornea transplant (keratoplasty) lasts about half an hour, does not require hospital admission, and the patient regains sight in a week.

With this laser, the intervention of corneal transplantation (keratoplasty), which consists in totally or partially removing the damaged tissue -by infections, injuries, illness ...- and replacing it with another healthy one from a donor, lasts about half an hour, not it requires hospital admission, and the patient regains sight in a week. In addition, according to experts, the new technique also reduces the risk of rejection.

A study published in the prestigious journal American Journal of Ophtalmology reveals that patients undergoing keratoplasty with the new laser recover earlier and improve their visibility with daylight and their sensitivity to contrast.

Source: Rementery Clinic

Advances in Corneal Transplantation (November 2019).