Laser Surgery for Cataracts (Video)

One of 10 breakthroughs that will change medicine

Eye close-up

Consider this: 75 percent of Americans over age 60 will show signs of cataracts, a common eye ailment that dulls vision.

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That’s why cataract surgery is the most commonly performed procedure in the country. It’s about to get better, too, because of the femtosecond laser technology, already in use for the popular LASIK eye surgery. A femtosecond is one quadrillionth of a second. That’s how fast a laser pulses to soften and break up the cataract in this new form of cataract surgery — all without blades.

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