Both methods are extremely successful and safe.” To translate that into simpler terms, on average, the evidence suggests that patients who have laser-assisted cataract surgery tend to see about as well as patients who have traditional cataract surgery. Not significantly better, or worse.
What are the disadvantages of laser cataract surgery?
The major disadvantages of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery are high cost of the laser and the disposables for surgery, femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery-specific intraoperative capsular complications, as well as the risk of intraoperative miosis and the learning curve.
Which operation is best for cataract surgery?
Phacoemulsification (a type of ultrasound) is the most common method used to remove the cataract. After the natural lens has been removed, it often is replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL).
Is laser-assisted cataract surgery worth the extra cost?
We found there were no (zero) benefits over phacoemulsification/IOL surgery either in terms of visual outcome or complications. It was more uncomfortable for the patients. The use of the laser did not replace or improve any part of the procedure -it just added another expensive and time-consuming step.
Is manual cataract surgery safe?
Comparing laser cataract surgery (LCS) with manual cataract surgery (conventional phacoemulsification) based on meta-analysis currently reveals slight differences in refractive and visual outcome. Both methods are extremely successful and safe.
What is the safest cataract surgery?
Traditional and laser-assisted cataract surgery are both safe, complications are rare, and both methods produce clear vision with little discomfort. But there are higher risk levels associated with traditional cataract surgery.
How many days rest is needed after cataract surgery?
Most people are able to return to work or their normal routine in 1 to 3 days. After your eye heals, you may still need to wear glasses, especially for reading. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.
What is the latest procedure for cataract surgery?
Laser-assisted cataract surgery uses a femtosecond laser to create a bladeless incision with unparalleled accuracy. The surgeon creates a surgical plan with a 3-D image of the eye called OCT (optical coherence tomography).
How long is laser cataract surgery?
The surgery takes from 15 to 20 minutes, and you should expect little or no discomfort. During the laser portion, patients describe seeing a kaleidoscope of lights and feel only slight pressure.