The way to a clear vision

The way to a clear vision with the Z-Cataract procedure consists of different steps which are all equally important. Ask your doctor if you need further information on how the procedure works and to determine if you are suitable for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery. You can expect the following steps:

Step One

Step Two

Step Three

Assessment and preparation

First, you will have a preoperative examination where your eyes will be measured so that your doctor can select the proper artificial lens for you. The measuring device reveals what prescription of lens you will need by measuring the length of the eye from front to back. This measuring procedure is absolutely painless.

Following the informative discussion with your surgeon, you will schedule a date for your surgery. Typically, each eye will be treated on a different date, allowing the newly operated eye to first heal. Your eye doctor will help you decide  what time interval between the two surgeries would be best for you.

Make sure to follow general guidelines given by the surgeon to best prepare for the operation.


The day of the surgery

On the day of your treatment you will have another opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you may still have.

Before the operation, you will be asked to lie down on the comfortable bed. You keep your own comfortable clothes on for surgery. The area around your eye is disinfected and covered with a sterile cloth. Your eye will be anesthetized, so you do not feel pain during the procedure.

Once everything is ready, the laser is aligned with your eye and your surgeon begins his work. The entire procedure takes about 15 - 20 minutes and is completely painless. Learn more about the Z-Cataract procedure here

After the procedure you can stay in the hospital to recoverfor a while  before you head back home. Since your vision will be affected after the surgery for some time, it is recommended to have an accompagnying person to pick you up.

After the procedure

You will have to attend several follow up appointments. It is very important that you closely follow your doctor’s instructions on post-surgical eye care to avoid infection and ensure good healing. For the first few days, don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends or family members as you will not have your vision restored right away.

It is extremely important to not touch the eye during the healing process. Rubbing the eyes is strictly forbidden as it can cause damage to the tissue. In addition, you should try not to strain the eyes during the first few days by reading or watching too much television. Last, exercise or physical exertion during the initial recovery phase should be avoided.

Read through our FAQ (frequently asked questions) or ask your eye doctor if you have more questions.









Important Safety Information
Cataract and lens surgery is one of the most frequently performed and safest operations in medicine today. However, make sure to discuss your medical history and medication use with your doctor prior to scheduling a surgery. The use of cardiac or blood thinning medications such as Warfarin should be discussed with your doctor. Complications from cataract surgery can occur as surgeries of any kind will carry some risk. While femto cataract surgery is considered a safe and effective treatment option for most people, your doctor may suggest an alternative treatment that best fits your individual needs.

Ziemer FEMTO LDV lasers are prescription medical devices that can only be used by accredited eye care professionals for cataract and other approved surgical procedures. Only a trained eye care professional can determine if a FEMTO LDV laser procedure is appropriate for your condition. Talk to your doctor if you have a family history of keratoconus, glaucoma, other eye-related diseases, diabetes, a history of herpes simplex or herpes zoster keratitis, retinal detachment, severe allergies or have had changes in your vision over the past year.

Results may vary for each individual patient due to the surgical operation and the type and placement of artificial lens. Speak with your doctor about which artificial lens may be right for you. In order to reduce post-operation complications, make sure to follow your doctors instructions for eye care. If you your surgeon has prescribed drugs to take before or after surgery, follow the dosage instructions. After surgery, avoid risky activities such as sports, face painting, heavy lifting, contact with water etc.