advertiser banner advertiser banner
Digital Issues

Archive >  December, 2012 XIII, No. 12

Letters & E-mails

Outpatient Surgery Editors

laser cataracts

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
Everett, Wash.
laurenl@lasikdrs.com

 
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

DID YOU SEE THIS?
Infection Control

These Products Make GI Endoscopy Safer and More Efficient

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Editor's Page: Graying of the Surgical Workforce

Why are so many OR nurses and managers delaying their retirement?

Editor's Page: Staying Upright in the OR

Fallproof your operating rooms before another person hits the deck.

Editor's Page: Deadly Case of Distracted Doctoring

Don't let technology come between you and your patients.