The use of FDA-approved femtosecond lasers is considered the best surgical procedure for removing cataracts, states All About Vision. These are deemed better than traditional methods — phacoemulsification and extracapsular extraction — having improved the precision during certain steps and reduced the use of surgical blades and other handheld tools.
Laser-assisted surgery, however, does not essentially diminish the risk of the cataract surgery or improve recovery time and visual outcomes in each case, according to All About Vision. Further, being a new technology, the cost of the equipment is high. The acquisition cost is placed anywhere between $300,000 and $500,000. This cost is transferred to the patients, considerably increasing the cost of cataract surgery.