ReLACs™ – or Refractive Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery – is a custom, blade-free cataract removal procedure now offered at Vance Thompson Vision. Traditional cataract surgery has always involved a blade to create several small incisions during the procedure. With ReLACs, these incisions are now made with a laser. This technology allows our surgeons to plan and perform cataract surgeries with laser precision. Surgeons experience more control and flexibility, plus ReLACs features real-time tools for an accurate visual of what’s going on inside the eye.
As the first and only practice in the region to offer ReLACs, the surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision have participated in clinical development of this new laser and many vision technologies. When used in conjunction, ReLACs and a variety of intraocular lenses may give patients even more visual freedom after cataract surgery, helping them remain active for decades. At your cataract consultation, you will be educated on the traditional blade-based approach and the ReLACs laser-assisted approach to cataract surgery so that a decision can be made for your situation and goals.
The LASIK procedure is the right answer for most patients who are considering refractive surgery to improve their vision. However, in patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness or farsightedness, the cornea may be too thin to allow full refractive correction.
In these cases, surgical implants may be the best alternative. These special devices are placed in the eyes to improve their focusing ability.