Harvard Health Letter

Update on cataract surgery and replacement lenses

Ophthalmologists have been using high-speed lasers for some time to perform LASIK procedures.  Now some are using similar technology to perform cataract surgery. Proponents say these lasers, which are guided by computers, will make cataract surgery that much safer. But so far, these are just claims without a great deal of quality evidence to back them up. One question, though, is whether the technical improvements in the operation will translate into significantly better outcomes. Then the question becomes whether they are worth the additional cost.
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