Cataract Surgery Vision Correction
This animation depicts modern cataract surgery with phacoemulsificaiton of the lens and IOL implantation.
That said, recently, laser cataract surgery was approved by the FDA. This vision correction procedure does not actually use a laser to remove the cataract but many of the traditional steps in cataract surgery are performed with a femtosecond laser.
Cataracts are the leading cause of visual loss in adults age 55 and older and the leading cause of blindness worldwide. By age 65, most people will develop a cataract. Cataracts are very successfully treated in the United States and through advances in both cataract surgery and intraocular lenses (IOLs), more people are gaining back useful vision through cataract surgery.