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The femtosecond laser has been designed to provide better visual outcomes and reduce the overall risk to the patient during cataract surgery.  Femtosecond lasers produce continuous anterior incisions that are twice as strong and more than 5 times as precise in size and shape as manual incisions.   Access to the cataract is initiated through small incisions that are about 2mm in length into the peripheral cornea. It is a preferred method for surgeons accessing the anterior chamber of the eye during cataract surgery. Although cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures performed in medicine today, laser cataract surgery improves the precision of many key surgical steps to provide even better outcomes and potentially make cataract surgery even safer.   Medicare and Medicaid consider the femtosecond laser to be a non-covered refractive surgery; therefore the surgeon can bill the patient separately. The initial price tag may be overwhelming but there are many patients who are willing to pay for the upgrade in new technology.   The role of femtosecond laser in The US is projected to rapidly increase, according to the 2013 Laser Cataract Survey.  With the introduction of laser technology, there is tremendous potential to alter the future of cataract surgery.

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