Scientific article

Femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery: a review

Published inActa Ophthalmologica, vol. 92, no. 7, p. 597-603
Publication date2014

Introduced in 2008, the femtosecond laser is a promising new technological advance which plays an ever increasing role in cataract surgery where it automates the three main surgical steps: corneal incision, capsulotomy and lens fragmentation. The proven advantages over manual surgery are: a better quality of incision with reduced induced astigmatism; increased reliability and reproducibility of the capsulotomy with increased stability of the implanted lens; a reduction in the use of ultrasound. Regarding refractive results or safety, however, no prospective randomized study to date has shown significant superiority compared with standard manual technique. The significant extra cost generated by this laser, undertaken by the patient, is a limiting factor for both its use and study. This review outlines the potential benefits of femtosecond-laser-assisted cataract surgery due to the automation of key steps and the safety of this new technology.

  • Capsulotomy
  • Cataract surgery
  • Femtosecond
  • Phacoemulsification
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
ABOUZEID, Hana, FERRINI, Walter. Femtosecond-laser assisted cataract surgery: a review. In: Acta Ophthalmologica, 2014, vol. 92, n° 7, p. 597–603. doi: 10.1111/aos.12416
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