OSN round table: How to become a better femtosecond laser cataract surgeon

At the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting, Ocular Surgery News gathered an international panel of experts to discuss their experiences with femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, with the objective of improving the procedure. The first part of that wide-ranging discussion, moderated by William B. Trattler, MD, is featured in this issue of OSN.

William B. Trattler, MD: We are all experienced femtosecond-assisted cataract surgeons, and each of us has worked with one or more of the available femtosecond laser platforms. The first topic for discussion is educating patients on laser cataract surgery.

Mark Cherny, MD: A key part of my communication with my patients is to explain to them that we are privileged to have access in our center to this laser technology that I believe adds to the safety of the surgery and that I believe I should be doing this for all of my patients. We have been able to make it affordable. One hundred percent of my cataract patients are scheduled for laser.
Robert J. Weinstock, MD: What is it about the technology that makes you feel so strongly?

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More about Robert J. Weinstock MD

Robert J. Weinstock, M.D. #drrobertweinstock is a board-certified ophthalmologist and is fellowship-trained in cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Weinstock has joined the practice in 2001 after completing his residency at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is the Director of Cataract and Refractive Services #astigmatism at the Eye Institute of West Florida and The Weinstock Laser Eye Center. He also is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, and serves as the Surgical Director of the Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center. He was named one of 250 in Premier Surgeon’s List of Leading Innovators of 2010 #eyeinstituteofwestflorida for his contributions to cataract surgery and premium IOLs. In addition to performing thousands of vision correcting cataract and LASIK procedures each year, Dr. Weinstock speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on customized cataract surgery #cataracts and surgical innovations. #cataractsurgeons He is continuously engaged in clinical research and studies to evaluate new technology, many of which are sanctioned by the FDA. He is recognized internationally #lasikeyesurgery as an expert on new implant technology and microincisional surgical techniques. He has authored many book chapters on cataract surgery and continues to write journal articles on cataract and refractive surgery.