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Old 07-28-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Question Cataract Laser Surgery?

I have to decide whether or not to have "laser-assisted" cataract eye surgery - that's versus normal surgical eye surgery.
This is a newish technique where several of the surgery steps (3 or 5, I'm told) are done by laser incision. My specialist seems to think its a good idea, although it was not really clear to me what the exact advantages were - say one or two years later on. (That's what I asked.)
In Australia they call this particular procedure "Alcon - LenSx". There is no health fund cover for it and it costs $650/eye more. So my out-of-pocket cost per eye will be about $1500 (AU). This is after Medicare and Health Fund rebates - versus about $650 less for usual manual surgery.
No doubt this is a common procedure in the US and elsewhere and I wondered what ppl generally thought about it. Supposed to be more precise and the healing is supposedly quicker. It uses a machine and a cup over the eyeball.
Any comments or experiences would be greatly appreciated as I must decide soon.
Thx, Beefsteak.

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