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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 285-291

Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery: A current review


1 Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah, John A. Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2 The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Correspondence Address:
Majid Moshirfar
John A. Moran Eye Center, 65 Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, UT-84132
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.90129

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To evaluate the safety, efficacy, advantages, and limitations of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery through a review of the literature. A PubMed search was conducted using topic-appropriate keywords to screen and select articles. Initial research has shown appropriate safety and efficacy of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, with improvements in anterior capsulotomy, phacofragmentation, and corneal incision. Limitations of these studies include small sample size and short-term follow-up. Cost-benefit analysis has not yet been addressed. Preliminary data for femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery shows appropriate safety and efficacy, and possible advantage over conventional cataract surgery. Questions to eventually be answered include comparisons of long-term postoperative complication rates-including infection and visual outcomes-and analysis of contraindications and financial feasibility.


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