Shooting Holes in Laser Cataract
• Re: "Laser Cataracts: Will Bladeless Surgery Catch On?" (November, page 20). If you have a good surgeon who has taken the time to learn the fine art of a capsulorhexis, you don't need to invest in a half-million dollar machine to do the same thing, and then charge a thousand dollars per eye to the patient — when the same outcome can be achieved with a less-than-a-dollar cystotome needle and a good surgeon. I am all for technology, but this one is a waste in this economy, when people need jobs and every dollar counts. When the laser can actually do the phacoemulsification portion of the surgery, we might have a conversation. Until then ... this is not better patient care or safer patient care — it's a revenue maker.
Lauren Belleza, ST
Physicians Eye Surgery Center