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Femtosecond laser cataract surgery: time of surgical phases

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First Author: A.Baldascino ITALY

Co Author(s):    A. Villano   C. Radini   F. Mocini   A. Caporossi           

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To evaluate the time of surgical phases in femtosecond cataract surgery performed by a single surgeon in 50 consecutive cases.


Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome,Italy


LenSx femtosecond laser (Alcon Laboratories, Inc.,Fort Worth,TX) has been used to perform anterior capsulotomy, lens fragmentation and corneal incisions in 50 consecutive cases with topical anesthesia. The time of surgical phases was recorded by a digital chronometer: laser procedure, corneal incisions opening, anterior capsulotomy opening, phacoemulsification, cortex aspiration.


Mean Laser procedure time was 128 seconds(range, 69-182sec); mean corneal incisions opening time was 48 sec(range, 26-79sec);mean anterior capsulotomy opening time was 5sec(range,1-15sec),mean phacoemulsification time was 157sec(range,89-259sec),mean cortex aspiration time was 89sec(range,51-184sec).


Laser assisted surgery seems to be a very reproducible procedure; although in hard cataracts,phacoemulsification could need a longer time.

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