Standard cataract surgery involves using stainless-steel or diamond blades to create tiny micro-incisions in the eye. With laser cataract surgery, these tiny incisions can be made with the femtosecond laser. The laser can also be used for other steps during the cataract surgery, such as opening the anterior lens capsule, and “softening” of the cataract to make it easier to remove. The actual removal of the cataract still requires the use of ultrasound phacoemulsification and remains the same as standard cataract surgery. Although medical insurance covers standard cataract surgery, the use of the femtosecond laser is not covered by medical insurance, therefore the patient is responsible for the additional cost of the laser.