Manual cataract surgery is considered one of the safest surgical procedures in the world today, with a success rate of 99%. Laser cataract surgery makes a safe procedure even safer.
Many people have confused laser eye surgery with cataract surgery. Laser cataract surgery was first performed in Budapest, Hungary in 2008, and has been available in the US since February 2010 and Australia since April 2011.
The laser is used to perform the first three stages of laser cataract surgery. The final steps – removal of the lens fragments, cleaning of the lens capsule and the insertion of the intraocular lens – are performed in the operating theatre.
As with any new technology, laser cataract surgery costs more than blade technology cataract surgery.
No, there are certain patients that are not suitable; your surgeon will only know if you are suitable after a thorough examination.
Yes. In fact, most surgeons who offer both technologies would now recommend laser technology exclusively for a lens replacement procedure.
Depending on your level of health insurance, you are likely to be covered for at least part of your cataract surgery, but there is currently no rebate available for the laser step of the procedure. Medicare also contributes to the cost of surgery. Our staff will provide you with all the financial details, including any out of pocket expense, before you go ahead with surgery.