Laser cataract surgery may also reduce the risk of capsule breakage that can cause vision problems after surgery.
The reduced phacoemulsification energy required in laser cataract surgery may also make the procedure safer to the inner eye, which reduces the chance of certain complications, such as a detached retina.
Can cataracts be removed by laser surgery?
With laser cataract surgery, the incisions may be made with the laser, which is also used to create a more precise opening into the lens capsule. In addition, the laser energy is used to soften the cataract before removal.
Is Laser better for cataract surgery?
Better Vision Following Cataract Surgery
The laser is useful when a cataract is dense or the opening is difficult to create. Because the laser requires less energy than ultrasound to break up the cataract, it also reduces the risk of corneal swelling, which can impact vision.
How much does laser cataract surgery cost?
In 2017 the average basic laser cataract surgery cost in the U.S. ranged from $3,600 to $6,000 per eye, if you paid everything yourself. For an advanced technology lens, which corrects astigmatism, there’s usually an additional $500 or $1,000 cost per eye.
What is the difference between laser cataract surgery and regular cataract surgery?
Both traditional and laser cataract procedures are relatively painless and have a quick recovery period. However, laser cataract surgery takes less energy and less surgical time, which helps to reduce recovery time. The laser has replaced the need for blades to make incisions and to correct astigmatism.