Review of laser-assisted cataract surgery published (Dec 2019)

This month, a review paper has been published in the European Journal of Ophthalmology authored by specialists at multiple central London teaching hospitals. This paper has systematically looked at the published evidence base to date for laser-assisted cataract surgery.

Upon reviewing 121 suitable publications, the authors have concluded that “the current clinical outcomes of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery are not different to conventional [cataract] surgery and it is not cost effective when compared with conventional [cataract] surgery. In its current technological form, it is a useful surgical tool in specific complex cataract scenarios, but its usage has not been shown to translate into better clinical outcomes.”