Laser assisted cataract surgery
AKA 'femto-phako'

The new 'gold standard' of cataract surgery

Until recently, there have been relatively few major technological advances in cataract surgery since phakoemulsification, utilising foldable lens implants, began to be practised more widely 15-20 years ago.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery or femto-phako is the new gold standard for the treatment of cataracts. Advances in technology and research coupled with surgical expertise has allowed David Gartry to be a pioneer in using femto-phako. This results in a better patient experience, a more accurate outcome and a faster operation time. Patients undergoing laser-assisted cataract surgery are extremely happy with their results – you might like to check some of our recent testimonials or if you have any questions on this groundbreaking procedure please do get in touch.

Laser-assisted cataract surgery or ‘femto-phako’ is the gold standard of cataract surgery and most patients opt for this procedure.

The femtosecond laser

Just as the femtosecond laser revolutionised the creation of the corneal flap in LASIK laser eye surgery, the laser has now been modified to carry out many of the processes involved in cataract surgery and clear lens extraction, resulting in a safer, more predictable and stable result for the patient. David Gartry has been at the forefront of laser-assisted cataract surgery and has been treating patients for over two years using this procedure. Since the laser was first installed at Moorfields Eye Hospital in September 2012 David Gartry has performed over 2000 laser-assisted cataract surgery procedures.

Some patients may not be suitable candidates for laser-assisted cataract surgery (for example, those with particularly cloudy lens tissue); however, it is anticipated that the new technique will soon become the treatment of choice for the vast majority of cataract patients. A further application of femto-phako is in the creation of corneal relaxing incisions, a treatment for astigmatism in patients who may be unsuitable for more traditional laser eye surgery techniques.

The Procedure

Whilst routine cataract surgery is highly successful in the hands of an experienced surgeon, David Gartry is confident that the new laser-assisted methods are the way forward, and adopted these new techniques at Moorfields Eye Hospital in September 2012. He currently performs around 500 of these treatments per year and this is now his default cataract / lens procedure.

How does the femtosecond laser work?

With laser-assisted cataract surgery (known as femto-phako by ophthalmologists) the laser creates the tiny incisions through which the cataract is removed (and the new lens implanted) and breaks up the cloudy lens (cataract) into fragments. The accuracy of the femtosecond laser also allows the opening created in the front of the lens capsule to be perfectly circular and centralised. This means that the replacement lens can be positioned more precisely, thereby minimising any glare or haloes after surgery.



– More precise incisions

– Safer and more predictable

– Reduces phakoemulsification time (shorter surgery time)