For more than 15 years, a few doctors have told their patients they were having laser cataract surgery. This was a simplification to avoid explaining the complex nature of the ultrasonic vacuum device used to remove the cataract. It was not a laser.
The Eye Clinic of Austin uses the LenSx femtosecond laser in cataract surgery. This allows us to make precise and reproducible incisions in the cornea, both to enter the eye and to reduce astigmatism; as well as inside the eye to open the lens capsule and break the lens into pieces for removal.
Surgeons have good hands, but no matter how good those hands are, the laser is more precise. This degree of precision leads to more predictable results from cataract surgery because it reduces some of the variables. The laser lens fragmentation reduces the amount of ultrasonic energy required to remove the cataract with phacoemulsification, which reduces the general irritation to the eye. Both of these improvements lead to better results and an increased chance that you will get the results you and your surgeon want.