Now offering patients a customized laser cataract procedure with unparalleled precision and exceptional comfort.

A cataract is a common condition in which the normay clear lens of the eye becomes increasingly cloudy. Compared to vision with a clear lens, your vision with a cataract may look fuzzy, colors might be muted, and you may experience difficulty reading signs while driving at night.

The symptoms of cataracts are progressive and con not be corrected with glasses or contacts. When symptoms become bothersome or limit your daily activities, it’s time to consider treatment. Treatment for cataracts involves a simple surgery to remove the cataract and replace it with an artificial lens that can restore clear vision. Cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure worldwide and is very safe and successful.

 

Key Benefits

Customization with 3D imaging

Life a fingerprint, every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, CATALYS images your eye and makes precise 3D maps of relevant structures. This enables your surgeon to create a tailored treatment plan that is customized for your eye

Laser precision

Your surgeon can use the CATALYS to create a perfectly sized, shaped and centered circular opening to access and remove the cataract. This precise incision helps your surgeon place the new artificial lens exactly where intended.

Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS than what is achievable by hand.

Gentle approach

Your surgeon can use the laser to soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the CATALYS laser enables your surgeon to remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery.

May decrease need for glasses

If you desire to see well without glasses or contacts after surgery, ask about your options. Your surgeon may recommend a tailored treatment that could include precise CATALYS laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens implant type.

 

What to Expect

Quick Treatment

Cataract surgery usually takes less than 30 minutes. The CATALYS laser portion of treatment usually takes just a few minutes.

Comfort

You can expect little or no discomfort during treatment and after surgery. During the laser portion, patients describe seeing a kaleidoscope of lights.

Speedy recovery

Most people resume normal activities the very next day. And your sight may continue to improve for several days or weeks after surgery.

 

FAQ – Bladeless Cataract

What is a cataract and what is cataract surgery?

A cataract is a common condition in which the normally clear lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy. When light passes through a clear lens, the light can focus to a point, creating a clear view. When light passes through a cataract, the light gets distorted, creating a blurred view. Compared to vision with a clear lens, your vision with a cataract may look fuzzy, and colors might be muted. These visual disturbances from cataracts are progressive, and when they become bothersome or limit your daily activities, it’s time to consider treatment.

Treatment for cataracts involves surgery to remove the cataract and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. It is the most common surgical procedure in the US and around the world and is considered to be an extremely successful and safe procedure.

What is laser cataract surgery? 

Many of the steps of cataract surgery are traditionally performed using handheld tools. Now, they can be completed with the precision of a laser. Using the Catalys Precision Laser System, your surgeon can offer you unprecedented accuracy and customization in your cataract surgery procedure.

Your surgeon can use CATALYS to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS than what is achievable by hand[1,2]. CATALYS then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal [3].

Depending on your pre-­‐operative vision and desired visual result, your surgeon may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-­‐precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens implant type (e.g. Multifocal lens for near and far vision). This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery.

How is laser cataract surgery different from traditional cataract surgery? 

In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using handheld blades to access the cataract. Your surgeon will then use a surgical instrument to manually create an opening in the lens capsule of the eye that holds the cataract. The goal in these steps is to make the corneal incisions precise and the opening in the lens capsule as circular as possible, in the right location, and sized to fit the replacement lens.

With Catalys, your surgeon can make the corneal incisions with exceptional precision and accuracy. Moreover, your surgeon can create the circular opening with the exact intended size, shape and location using the precision of the laser.

Your surgeon can also use the laser to break up and soften the hard cataract. Softening the lens with the Catalys laser enables your surgeon to then remove the cataract more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than is used in traditional manual cataract surgery. This gentle, low energy approach reduces inflammation and helps speed visual recovery. [4].

In traditional cataract surgery, incisions in the cornea are made using hand held blades. With the Catalys laser, your surgeon can make these incisions with exceptional precision and accuracy. Depending on your pre-­‐operative vision and desired visual result, your surgeon may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-­‐precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens implant type (e.g. Multifocal lens for near and far vision). This tailored treatment may reduce your need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery.

What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery? 

  • A highly customized treatment using advanced 3D imaging
  • A treatment with little or no discomfort
  • A more precise treatment
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal
  • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation [4]
  • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-­‐focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery

Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery? 

In our experience, most cataract patients are suitable patients for laser cataract surgery. Your doctor and his/her support staff will discuss your candidacy in more detail during your cataract evaluation exam.

How long has the procedure been performed? 

Thousands of procedures have been successfully performed using the Catalys Precision Laser System, and lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. Catalys represents the new standard in precision laser cataract surgery and was FDA cleared in 2011.

What should I expect on the day of surgery? 

When you arrive, you will check-in at the reception desk.  You may be asked to complete some additional forms and sign some consent forms.  Be sure to ask any questions you have about these forms.   If you wear glasses, and/or hearing aids, they will need to be removed (remember to bring a case to store these items).   Shortly thereafter, a member of our surgical staff will take you into the pre-op area of the surgical suite.  Here you will be assessed and monitored by nurses, technicians, and the anesthesia provider, and prepared for your specific procedure.  An intravenous (IV) catheter will be started and sensors placed on your chest for monitoring you heart and a blood pressure cuff placed on your arm to monitor blood pressure.

How does the laser work? What is it doing to my eye? 

Every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, the Catalys Precision Laser System scans your eye making a precise 3D map of relevant structures. This process enables your surgeon to create a highly customized treatment plan that is tailored for your eye. The laser then focuses light to create precise incisions exactly where intended. The laser makes the incisions in a matter of seconds. You should experience little, if any, discomfort.

What will I feel? 

You can expect little or no discomfort during your treatment. During the laser portion, patients describe seeing kaleidoscope of lights and slight pressure only.

How long does the procedure take? 

You can expect to be at our center for 2-3 hours. And you will be in the laser procedure room for 15-25 minutes. The 3D imaging and laser portion of the treatment only takes a few minutes.

What should I expect for recovery? 

After your procedure, you will be taken to our recovery area. Here you will be monitored by a Registered Nurse and be prepared for discharge. You will be offered a light snack and given discharge instructions including your follow-up appointment and your surgeon’s contact information. Be sure to keep all post surgery appointments that you have with your surgeon. Call your provider’s office for any questions that you might have.

 

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