Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery Now Offered In Lakeway, TX

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Dr. Rhodes to perform laser-powered eye surgery at Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center

This technology will revolutionize and ultimately improve the outcomes of cataract surgery. We are at the start of a new era.

Dr. Kyle Rhodes, founder of the Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center, is proud and excited to announce the arrival of the latest advancement in cataract surgery, Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery. This new technology is just one of the many great offerings of the Lakeway Eye Center. Started in late 2010, Lake Travis Eye and Laser center opened with the goal of bringing state-of-the-art eye care and eye surgery to Lakeway and the surrounding West Austin area. Dr. Rhodes began by focusing on providing compassionate care enhanced with cutting edge diagnostic equipment.

In 2012, Dr. Rhodes performed the first cataract surgery at the new Lakeway Regional Medical Center, and implanted the first astigmatism-correcting toric lens and ReSTOR lens implant in Lakeway, Texas. These breakthroughs have all proved to be great strides for Dr. Rhodes, and this new Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery procedure will also be a great milestone for eye care in the Lakeway area.

Dr. Rhodes explains, “The femtosecond laser that brought new levels of safety and accuracy to LASIK is now advancing cataract surgery.” He passionately furthers, “Even after performing just one case with the Lensx device, it was obvious that the use of the femtosecond laser marks an amazing improvement in the precision of the procedure, which is extremely important when using premium lens implants and treating astigmatism. We are currently at the tip of the iceberg. This technology will revolutionize and ultimately improve the outcomes of cataract surgery. We are at the start of a new era,” Dr. Rhodes excitedly adds.

With traditional phacoemulsification cataract surgery, the surgeon still manually performs several steps of the procedure with a surgical blade, bent needle, or forceps. With the laser approach to cataract surgery, the surgeon creates a precise surgical plan with a 3-D computerized image. A bladeless, computer-controlled laser surgery is custom-planned for your eye. First, the laser creates a circular opening in the front part of the lens, called a capsulotomy. Studies have shown that only 10 percent of manually created capsulotomies are as accurate as a laser capsulotomy. Second, the laser fragments, or breaks the lens into pieces. Third, the laser creates the corneal incisions, including arcuate incisions that help to reduce or eliminate astigmatism. After your native lens is removed through these tiny corneal incisions, a new artificial lens is implanted into your eye. The incisions then self-seal, without the need for sutures. Amazingly, the entire procedure normally takes between 10-20 minutes and requires only topical anesthesia.

"The entire surgery was so easy, and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Completely painless. I feel very well taken care of by Dr. Rhodes and his staff,” says Bertha Schwenk.

More information about and videos describing laser cataract surgery can be found on Dr. Rhodes’ website, , and at You may also email any questions to Dr. Rhodes at appointments(at)laketraviseyecenter(dot)com.

About Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center

Lake Travis Eye and Laser Center provides complete eye care and general exams, specializing in cataract surgery, premium lens implants, glaucoma care, and refractive surgery including LASIK. Dr. Rhodes is a graduate of UT Austin and Baylor College of Medicine. His ophthalmology residency was completed at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California, and his glaucoma fellowship was completed at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

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