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Can laser eye surgery help me if cataracts?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rajesh Khanna
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

If you are talking about the usual lasik eye surgery then it will not help you.
Although today, many surgeons are advanced and use laser cataract surgery, in which the procedure is more precise.

In brief: No

If you are talking about the usual lasik eye surgery then it will not help you.
Although today, many surgeons are advanced and use laser cataract surgery, in which the procedure is more precise.
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Dr. Richard Lehrer
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

If patients desire laser vision correction surgery, cataracts should be ruled out first.
If the cataract is the cause of poor vision, surgery for the cataract will usually correct it. Vision correction for astigmatism and presbyopia can be done at the same time if desired.

In brief: Usually not

If patients desire laser vision correction surgery, cataracts should be ruled out first.
If the cataract is the cause of poor vision, surgery for the cataract will usually correct it. Vision correction for astigmatism and presbyopia can be done at the same time if desired.
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES

But most likely is not indicated.
If you have problems due to the cataracts, the cataracts need to be fixed. A laser may only be a temporary fix.

In brief: YES

But most likely is not indicated.
If you have problems due to the cataracts, the cataracts need to be fixed. A laser may only be a temporary fix.
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Dr. Richard Witlin
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery

In brief: No

A cataract is a loss of clarity of the lens of the eye.
it is treated by removing the lens. Although we can use a laser to help remove the cataract (femto-laser assisted cataract surgery), this is an entirely different laser than the one used to correct your prescription in performing laser eye surgery. The presence of a cataract normally disqualifies a person for laser eye surgery

In brief: No

A cataract is a loss of clarity of the lens of the eye.
it is treated by removing the lens. Although we can use a laser to help remove the cataract (femto-laser assisted cataract surgery), this is an entirely different laser than the one used to correct your prescription in performing laser eye surgery. The presence of a cataract normally disqualifies a person for laser eye surgery
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Dr. Robert Chang
Ophthalmology

In brief: New technology

Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery is now available at some centers at a cost to help make incisions and to carve the lens into small pieces for removal.

In brief: New technology

Femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery is now available at some centers at a cost to help make incisions and to carve the lens into small pieces for removal.
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