The Mitchell Eye Centre in Calgary Becomes One of the First Eye Care Facilities to Use the Catalys Precision Laser System in Western Canada

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The Mitchell Eye Centre in Calgary recently became one of the first corrective eye care facilities in Western Canada with surgical access to a Catalys Precision Laser System through the Southern Alberta Eye Center.

The Mitchell Eye Centre in Calgary recently became one of the first corrective eye care facilities in Western Canada with surgical access to a Catalys Precision Laser System through the Southern Alberta Eye Center. The arrival of this innovative technology for use in cataract removal marks the Mitchell Eye Centre’s continuing role as a leader in corrective eye surgery.

As ophthalmic surgeons are already aware, the use of femtosecond lasers has significantly improved how cataract surgery is performed. However, compared to other femtosecond laser technologies, the Catalys Precision Laser System offers unparalleled accuracy, customization, and comfort for patients undergoing cataract or refractive surgery.

A demonstration video of the Catalys System is available on the Mitchell Eye Centre website.

Benefits for Ophthalmic Surgeons

In recent years, femtosecond laser and 3D imaging technology have been incorporated into cataract surgery to enhance the precision and ability to customize the procedure. The Catalys Precision Laser System offers a level of precision and safety that is superior to all other femtosecond lasers currently available.

  • A highly customized procedure that can reduce astigmatism and improve post-op uncorrected vision
  • Advanced 3D, real-time OCT creates a safe environment for the femtosecond laser
  • Fluid coupling results in less IOP elevation, increased patient comfort, and more accuracy, particularly for capsulorhexis and lens fragmentation
  • Less phako energy is required - particular benefit for severe cataracts
  • Little or no patient discomfort
  • More rapid visual recovery due to reduced phako energy at the time of surgery
  • Works particularly well with the premium IOLs
  • Greater predictability in patient outcome

Using the Catalys Precision Laser System for corrective eye surgery allows ophthalmologists to offer a safe, customized procedure with a level of precision that’s not achievable with traditional surgical methods.

Benefits for Cataract Patients

While all eyes share the same basic anatomy, there are individual differences in size, depth, and curvature. Calays’ imaging technology builds a unique 3D map of each patient’s eye and then uses sophisticated software to customize the surgeon’s treatment plan to each patient. This enables surgeons to create a perfectly sized and shaped incisions and to break up and remove the cataract and place the intraocular lens (IOL) in the exact intended position.

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

Patients can book cataract surgery appointments directly at at the Mitchell Eye Centre website. Ophthalmologists interested in becoming certified on this technology for use with their own patients are recommended to contact Krista Wills by phone 403-258-1773 at the Mitchell Eye Centre.

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