Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery | Procedure, benefits, & cost

Our surgeons at OCL Vision perform femtosecond laser cataract surgery with the use of a bladeless, femtosecond laser (the latest advance in cataract surgery), which offers a new level of precision to traditional cataract surgery. Our surgeons are the earliest adopters of this technology in the UK, and it is currently only available in a limited number of UK clinics.

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is the latest advance in cataract surgery.

This new generation of cataract surgery uses a special type of laser to precisely create incisions and break up the cataract without the use of traditional blades or scalpels. The laser, known as a femtosecond laser, is programmed to make a precise incision in exactly the right place within the cornea and lens.

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Femtosecond laser surgery is a new procedure that is currently only available in a limited number of centres in the UK, including OCL Vision.

If you would like to know more about femtosecond laser cataract surgery and whether it is the right option for you, contact us on 0203 369 2020 to arrange an appointment.

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The procedure

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery achieves the same results as traditional, manual cataract surgery using state-of-the-art, ultra-precise laser technology. It is a simple procedure to remove cataracts – a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye – and insert an artificial lens to correct the patient’s vision.

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Laser precision

As with traditional cataract surgery, an incision is made in the cornea; however, in femtosecond laser cataract surgery the cut is made using a special laser rather than a surgical knife. The laser is programmed with the exact depth and size of the incision, so the procedure is extremely precise.

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High accuracy

The laser then makes an opening in the capsule bag (known as a capsulotomy) that surrounds the lens allowing access to the cloudy lens protein which forms the cataract. In manual cataract surgery, this is done with a needle but in femtosecond laser cataract surgery the laser is used, for a more accurate result.

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Cataract removal

Finally, the cataract is fragmented using the femtosecond laser instead of an old style ultrasonic device with final removal performed by the surgeon

Benefits of femtosecond laser cataract surgery

Femtosecond laser cataract surgery has introduced a new level of precision to the cataract procedure. Some of the benefits over traditional cataract surgery may include:

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Safe and precise

Femtosecond laser surgery enables surgeons to pre-plan the exact locations of their incisions down to micron level, dramatically improving accuracy and reducing the risk of error.

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Blade and needle free

Laser cataract surgery reduces the need for multiple instrumentation during the cataract procedure and eliminates the need for blades.

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More efficient

Using a femtosecond laser minimises the ultrasound energy required in the removal of the cataractous lens.

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More effective

Laser surgery increases the stability of the replacement lens (due to the precision of the laser in making the hole in the capsule bag).

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Stronger healing of incisions

Using a laser for extra precision means that the cut made in the cornea is more likely to be self-sealing after the operation. Healing is also likely to be stronger.

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Optimised visual results for patients

Premium intra-ocular lenses implanted during surgery are now extremely effective. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery allows the visual benefits of these newer lenses to be realised fully.

The cost

Cataract Surgery
Monofocal Lens

  • Surgery
  • Eye drops & reminder app
  • Follow-up appointments
Total Cost
£2500
per eye
Finance From
£94 p/m
per eye
From £94 for 24 months 0% APR
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Cataract Surgery
Premium Monofocal Lens

  • Surgery
  • Eye drops & reminder app
  • Follow-up appointments
Total Cost
From £2900
per eye
Finance From
£109 p/m
per eye
From £109 for 24 months 0% APR
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Cataract Surgery
Toric Lens

  • Surgery
  • Eye drops & reminder app
  • Follow-up appointments
Total Cost
From £3200
per eye
Finance From
£120 p/m
per eye
From £120 for 24 months 0% APR
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Cataract Surgery
Multifocal, Trifocal, Extended Range Lens

  • Surgery
  • Eye drops & reminder app
  • Follow-up appointments
Total Cost
From £3600
per eye
Finance From
£135 p/m
per eye
From £135 for 24 months 0% APR
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Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Surgery costs £500 on top of the cataract surgery cost.

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Cataract surgery: NHS or private?

There are a number of differences between going to the NHS for your cataract surgery, and going privately through OCL Vision. Here are some of the key ones. You can read more here.

NHS
OCL Vision
No long waiting lists
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Consultant surgeons only
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Premium lens technologies
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Correct astigmatism as standard
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Femto laser cataract surgery
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Laser refinement of vision possible
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In-depth knowledge of LASIK and LASEK
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If you suffer from blurred or cloudy vision and would like to discuss potential cataracts treatment options, make an enquire or call on 0203 369 2020

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Last updated on November 24th, 2022 by Ms Masara Laginaf