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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 616478, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/616478
Review Article

A Comparison of Different Operating Systems for Femtosecond Lasers in Cataract Surgery

B. M. Wu,1,2 G. P. Williams,2,3 A. Tan,4 and J. S. Mehta2,3,5,6

1Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, 8 College Road, Singapore 169857
2Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Group, Singapore Eye Research Institute, The Academia, 20 College Road, Discovery Tower Level 6, Singapore 169856
3Singapore National Eye Centre, 11 Third Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168751
4Department of Ophthalmology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, 10 Medical Drive, Singapore 117597
5Ophthalmology Academic Clinical Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, 8 College Road, Singapore 169857
6Department of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, 8 College Road, Singapore 169857

Received 27 February 2015; Revised 6 June 2015; Accepted 23 June 2015

Academic Editor: Marco Lombardo

Copyright © 2015 B. M. Wu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The introduction of femtosecond lasers is potentially a major shift in the way we approach cataract surgery. The development of increasingly sophisticated intraocular lenses (IOLs), coupled with heightened patient expectation of high quality postsurgical visual outcomes, has generated the need for a more precise, highly reproducible and standardized method to carry out cataract operations. As femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) becomes more commonplace in surgical centers, further evaluation of the potential risks and benefits needs to be established, particularly in the medium/long term effects. Healthcare administrators will also have to weigh and balance out the financial costs of these lasers relative to the advantages they put forth. In this review, we provide an operational overview of three of five femtosecond laser platforms that are currently commercially available: the Catalys (USA), the Victus (USA), and the LDV Z8 (Switzerland).