Eight years after femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) was introduced, controversy about its role continues. Cost remains the main obstacle to adoption of the procedure, but enthusiasts among FLACS users appreciate the precision, reproducibility and safety that the femtosecond (FS) laser brings and believe its full potential to provide benefits remains untapped.
To support, improve and expand its use, researchers are conducting studies investigating outcomes, the effects of technique refinements, and implementation strategies that would enable wider adoption.
During the XXXV Congress of the ESCRS, an international panel of expert FLACS users gathered to share their research and insights, and to learn from the experiences of their colleagues.
Dr Julian D. Stevens of Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, United Kingdom, led the meeting in which more than 20 surgeons participated. The attendees came from Egypt and countries across Europe and all have been using different FS laser systems.