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A 34-year-old member asked:

Could cataracts of the eye be treated with laser technologies?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Not really: Laser is a means of delivering energy and if aimed at the lens will induce a cataract. A cataract is a semi-solid tissue which has to be removed from the eye and laser will not do that. Laser has been used to be an adjunct to certain parts of the standard phacoemulsification procedure with the aim of making it more predictable or safer. But removal of the cataract requires access by instruments.
Dr. Niraj Patel
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Cataracts: Yes, there are new modalities including femtosecond laser technologies to help in cataract surgery. However, these technologies are in their infancy. The vast majority of cataracts are removed using ultrasound (phacoemsulsification).

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for cataracts of the eye to be treated with laser technologies?

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Dr. Benjamin Rubin
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Yes: New machine just released that heaps perform cornea incision and first part of catararact surgery called lensx.
Last updated May 28, 2014

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