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Laser Cataract Surgery



The use of femtosecond lasers within cataract surgery is becoming more common. Femtosecond lasers are used to minimise the use of surgical blades and needles, providing precision and micron accuracy. The femtosecond laser constructs the wound and then breaks up the cataract in approximately 50 seconds allowing the surgeon extract the broken up cataract and introduce the artificial lens. Laser cataract surgery (or, more accurately, laser-assisted cataract surgery) is fairly new and significantly increases cataract surgery cost, primarily because the laser machine is very expensive. While studies have shown that lasers can improve accuracy during the procedure, they may not necessarily improve cataract surgery safety, recovery time and visual outcomes in every case.