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Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery

What is femtosecond laser (laser assisted cataract surgery)?

Laser assisted cataract surgery is an advanced type of cataract surgery that uses femtosecond laser technology to bring a new level of precision and accuracy to specific steps in cataract surgery that traditionally have been performed with a hand-held surgical device.

What is the difference between regular cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery?

The difference is how the incisions for removing the cataract is made. In traditional cataract surgery,
the incisions for removing the cataract are made by hand. With laser surgery, the incision is made with
a laser, which is more precise.

What are the benefits of laser assisted cataract surgery?

Accuracy, speed, astigmatism. Accuracy: The precise dimensions and 3d mapping created by the laser
technology results in more accurate vision repair after the patient has healed. This can optimize vision
results. Speed: The laser can help reduce the energy to break up the cataract so some patients experience reduced post op corneal swelling. This can result in faster vision restoration. Astigmatism. Laser creates small precise incisions that can help treat low levels of astigmatism, leading to more clear vision.

How Safe is it?

The femtosecond laser brings a new level of precision to portions of cataract surgery and has the potential to increase the already high safety profile of cataract surgery.

Is laser assisted cataract surgery covered by insurance?

Traditional cataract surgery is covered by most private medical insurance and Medicare, however laser
(bladeless) cataract surgery requires patient to pay out of pocket for the portion of the procedure that
insurance doesn’t cover. Your surgical counselor will go over this with you. Whether regular cataract surgery or laser assisted surgery, surgeries are performed by a skilled doctor. Laser Assisted Cataract surgery isn’t for everyone. Your East West Eye doctor will best assess whether laser assisted cataract surgery is the best choice for you.