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A 31-year-old member asked:

how effective is the new laser cataract surgery?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Witlin
LASIK Surgery 46 years experience
Good for parts: Laser assisted cataract surgery is just that. The new femtosecond laser helps make the incision part of cataract surgery more precise and predictable than traditional methods. The laser does not do the entire operation--only parts of it. There is a considerable extra expense to using the laser that is paid for by the patient.
Dr. Patrick Chan
Lasik Surgery 13 years experience
Very: Its strength in cataract surgery lies in its accuracy and precision to make incisions in both the cornea and the lens. The laser can also soften the nucleus of the lens, effectively decreasing the amount of ultrasound energy needed to remove the lens. The laser can minimize certain risks during these steps during traditional cataract surgery.
Dr. Rajesh Khanna
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Very Precise: The newest laser cataract surgery has made the procedure quicker. The laser provides more accuracy.
Dr. Jodi Luchs
LASIK Surgery 30 years experience
Important advance: Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is an important advance which will pave the way for even more advances. The laser adds precision and accuracy to the cutting portion of the surgery and softens the hard cataract to reduce the ultrasound energy required for the rest of the operation, potentially increasing safety. As with any new technology, it is good now, and will get better with time.
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Time will tell but laser cataract surgery holds great promise. More data is needed.
Sep 5, 2013
Dr. Harvey Fishman
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Precise: In my hands , femtosecond cataract surgery offers precision that can exceed current techniques . Most impressive is the ability to perform corneal incisions that reduce astigmatism . This is a hot button topic and an evolving technology that is hotly debated in our field.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I have laser correction after cataract surgery?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Yes. As long as the patient is otherwise a good laser candidate, a patient may have laser vision correction after cataract surgery.
A 42-year-old female asked:

Is cataract surgery done with a laser?

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Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 38 years experience
Sometimes: Until a couple of years ago all cataract surgery was performed manually. In fact most still are. The femtosecond laser is a relatively new device that makes incisions and breaks the cataract up into pieces.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Is this is posible to have laser surjery after cataract surgery .

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Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
Ophthalmology 45 years experience
Absolutely: We frequently do lasik after cataract surgery to improve vision without glasses.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why do patients prefer laser cataract surgery?

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Dr. Deepak Raja
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
New technology: Lasers are able to perform some steps of the surgery to make the surgeons life easier and the surgery more "perfect". The hope is that perfection gives stable predictable results and the prescription is hopefully very close to what the doctor and patient were expecting.

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