More to laser cataract surgery


The recent letter to the editor to beware of laser cataract surgery omits certain facts. There are laser procedures that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are, accordingly, covered by insurance carriers, namely capsulotomy and lens fragmentation. Research also provides that laser cataract surgery can be performed exactly, without the variable of surgeon experience.

In today’s health care environment, patients need to precisely know their insurance coverage as there are medical providers that will attempt to mislead by alleging procedures are not covered by insurance in order to charge and collect the full price.

There are also health care practitioners who will inappropriately attempt to utilize toric and multifocal lenses for custom cataract surgery, when these lenses, whose costs are not covered by insurance, are not the correct choice.

Yes, ”buyer beware” is certainly extremely appropriate and patients need to perform an appropriate level of due diligence on the procedure as well as the provider. Practitioners should be involved in medicine for the science, ”always do the right thing” and possess ethics and integrity.

Brent D. Berkman