Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery provides surgeons an exciting new option to potentially improve patient outcomes and safety. Over the past 2 years, 4 unique laser platforms have been introduced into the marketplace. The introduction of this new technology has been accompanied by a host of new clinical, logistical, and financial challenges for surgeons. This article describes the evolution of femtosecond laser technology for use in cataract surgery. It reviews the available laser platforms and discusses the necessary modifications in cataract surgery technique and the logistics of incorporating a femtosecond laser into one's practice. Financial Disclosure Dr. Davidson is on the advisory board for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (Lensx). Dr. Hamilton is on the speakers bureau for Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., Reichert Technologies, and Ziemer USA, Inc. Dr. Jackson is a consultant to Bausch & Lomb and on the speakers bureau for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Stonecipher is a consultant to Alcon Laboratories, Inc., and Bausch & Lomb and on the medical advisory board for Alcon Laboratories, Inc. (Lensx). Dr. Yoo is a consultant to Alcon Laboratories, Inc. and Optimedica Corp. No other author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems