Which is the most common cataract surgery in Singapore between femtosecond laser versus phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and why?Eye Health Cataracts
May I know which is the more common procedure between the two in Singapore, and why?
Between the two methods, the most common cataract surgery remains the standard phacoemulsification cataract surgery. This is because after the advent of femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery, many studies have been performed to show that there is no improvement of visual outcome or success rate with the use of femtosecond laser.
Hence, given its higher cost to the patient and no added benefit to the patient’s visual outcome, most surgeons choose to use phacoemulsification and only opt for femtosecond laser if patient’s eye condition truly requires it.
Dr Claudine Pang
MBBS, MRCSEd, FRCSEd, FAMS (Ophth)
Phacoemulsifiation is the commoner of the 2. Femtosecond cataract surgery has been available for about 5 years now and remains relatively less popular. The reason is due in large part to the fact that femtosecond cataract surgery has yet to show superiority in post-operative results but yet saddles the patient with significantly higher costs. Femtosecond cataract surgery though is found to be a useful tool by surgeons in certain complicated cases.
Dr David Chan
MBChB, MMed, FAMS, MRCS, FRCS
290 Orchard Road
#07-09 Singapore 238859
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