Christenbury Eye Center Now Delivers Laser Cataract Surgery with the Catalys Precision Laser System

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Cataract Surgery Just Got Safer and Easier with this Latest New Technology. Christenbury Eye Center, a premier laser eye clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, announces the arrival of the Catalys® Precision Laser System by OptiMedica® Corporation for laser-assisted cataract surgery.

Jonathan Christenbury MD, Christenbury Eye Center

Dr. Jonathan Christenbury

We always strive to bring the latest technology to our patients. The addition of the Catalys laser will deliver more accurate results with faster recovery time.

Christenbury Eye Center, a premier laser eye clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, announces the arrival of the Catalys® Precision Laser System by OptiMedica® Corporation for laser-assisted cataract surgery. The Catalys laser combines a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser, 3D imaging and sophisticated software to help the surgeon provide patients a comfortable, custom surgery with the highest level of accuracy. Patients who choose this procedure experience faster healing times, a potentially lower risk of infection and improved visual results over traditional cataract surgery.

The arrival of this new laser makes Christenbury Eye Center the first eye clinic in North and South Carolina to provide the Catalys laser on-site for laser cataract surgery. With the Catalys laser, patients experience many benefits, including:

  •     The ability for the surgeon to pre-plan the treatment for cataract incisions
  •     3-D Imaging of the eye for perfectly placed laser incisions
  •     Results that are 10 times more precise and accurate than manual cataract surgery
  •     Faster vision recovery
  •     Simultaneous laser correction of astigmatism to eliminate the need for distance glasses

The Catalys laser is similar to the femtosecond laser technology used in LASIK laser vision correction. This new laser replaces the most technically demanding steps in cataract surgery that previously were performed manually. The Catalys laser provides more stable and consistent treatment in several steps of cataract surgery – the initial incisions in the cornea, creation of the opening in the lens capsule perfectly centered in the pupil and the laser fragmentation of the cataract.

“The precision of the Catalys laser allows more perfect centration of the intra-ocular lens,” says Dr. Christenbury.

"We always strive to bring the latest technology to our patients. The addition of the Catalys laser will deliver more accurate results with faster recovery times,” Dr. Christenbury said. "Since astigmatism is corrected simultaneously, most patients do not require distance spectacle correction to drive. If the Catalys laser cataract surgery is combined with the ReSTOR® intra-ocular lens, reading glasses can be eliminated after cataract surgery.”

Cataracts are present in 22 million people over age 40, and 31 million by 2020. Cataract surgery is the most common outpatient procedure in the U.S. They occur when the lens becomes cloudy with age, first affecting night vision, and then causing daytime blurry vision, often not helped with spectacle change. The only cure for cataracts is replacement of the cloudy lens with an artificial lens. Traditionally, this procedure is a manual process, and, therefore, the reason the incorporation of the Catalys laser greatly improves the accuracy of this procedure.

The Catalys Precision Laser System was developed by OptiMedica Corporation in Silicon Valley, California. The technology was developed in close collaboration with a Medical Advisory Board of cataract experts from around the world. OptiMedica was recently granted a fundamental patent for Laser Cataract Surgery by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, effective March 12, 2013. The Catalys laser allows Christenbury Eye Center to perform Laser Office Cataract Surgery with Astigmatism Correction.

It's no surprise that Dr. Jonathan Christenbury is on the forefront of laser eye technology as he performed the first LASIK surgery in the Carolinas and more than 75,000 LASIK surgeries in the past 15 years and 10,000 cataract procedures over 25 years. He continues to adopt the latest and most advanced technologies.

Dr. Christenbury was recently interviewed during a filming by the Discovery Channel, and he and the practice will be featured in an upcoming show expected to air in Spring, 2013. Watch our Facebook page for more information. For more information about cataract surgery, the Catalys Precision Laser System and a free consultation, contact Christenbury Eye Center at (877) 702-2020 or visit the Christenbury Eye Center website.

About the Christenbury Eye Center
Dr. Jonathan Christenbury established Christenbury Eye Center in 1987 and is known for his groundbreaking work in vision care. For more than a decade he has consistently been one of the first surgeons in the Carolinas to perform many pioneering vision care procedures including LASIK, Visian ICL, and ReSTOR.

Dr. Christenbury performed the first LASIK procedure in the Carolinas in the early 1990s and since that time has performed more than 75,000 laser vision correction procedures. He also performed the first IntraLASIK procedure on the East Coast in 2002 and the first WaveFront Customized IntraLASIK in the Carolinas in 2005. In the Spring of 2005, the doctor was the first Carolinas eye surgeon to perform the ReSTOR® procedure, used both for the treatment of cataracts and for Presbyopia, eliminating reading glasses and bifocals. Today, Dr. Christenbury is the most experienced ReSTOR surgeon in the United States.

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