Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery and Other Emerging Technologies for Cataract Removal

Murali K. Aasuri, Surenadra Basti*

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Abstract

As we near the end of this century, refractive cataract surgery has become a reality through concerted contributions from ultrasonic phacoemulsification, foldable intraocular lens (IOL) implantation technology and keratorefractive surgery. As we enter the new millennium, our sights are set on realizing another dream: accommodative IOL surgery. Towards achieving this goal, many advances have been made in both techniques and technology of cataract removal. Lasers in particular have been under investigation for cataract removal for nearly two decades. The technology has now reached a stage where cataract can indeed be removed entirely with laser alone. Neodymium:YAG and erbium:YAG are the laser sources currently utilized by manufacturers of laser phaco systems. Initial clinical experience reported in the literature has served to highlight the capabilities of lasers and the need for further refinement. Despite the excitement associated with the availability of this alluring new technology for cataract removal, it is necessary to develop more effective laser systems and innovative surgical techniques that optimize its capabilities if laser phaco surgery is to be a genuine improvement over current techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalIndian journal of ophthalmology
Volume47
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

Keywords

  • Erbium:YAG laser
  • Laser phaco
  • Nd:YAG laser
  • Phacotmesis
  • Plasma blade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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