Brookline, MA (PRWEB) January 16, 2013
For decades, cataract surgeons have used handheld instruments to perform some of the most challenging parts of the procedure1. Samir Melki MD PhD at the Boston Eye Group is among the first eye surgeons in New England performing these steps with a new, FDA market cleared laser system called CATALYS. CATALYS combines a femtosecond laser, 3D imaging, sophisticated software and a number of other innovative features that make the cataract procedure highly customized, gentle and significantly more precise than manual surgery.2,3 The imaging and laser portion of the treatment takes only a few minutes and causes little or no discomfort to patients.
“I am very impressed by the ability of the laser to soften hard cataracts,” said Dr. Melki of Harvard Medical School and Mass Eye and Ear, “this is a quantum leap for cataract surgery.” He performed the first procedures on December 21st, 2012 at Surgisite in Waltham, MA.
Every eye has a distinct size and shape. CATALYS’ advanced 3D imaging technology customizes the cataract procedure by building a 3D map of each eye. Dr. Melki can then automatically tailor the individual patient’s treatment plan to that map.
Next, the new laser creates a circular opening in the capsule that holds the cataract. The goal in this step is to create an opening that is as circular as possible and sized to fit the replacement lens. Clinical studies have shown that CATALYS creates these circular openings approximately 10 times more accurately than those created by hand.2,3
The circular opening then allows the surgeon to access and remove the cataract. In the traditional manual procedure, a mechanical instrument and ultrasound energy are used during this step to break up and take out the lens. With CATALYS, the laser softens the cataract and breaks it into tiny pieces. The new softening technique allows for more gentle removal by nearly or completely eliminating the ultrasound energy required. 4 This low-energy approach reduces inflammation, with faster recovery expected.5
Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Dr Melki may recommend a tailored treatment plan with CATALYS that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific lens type, such as a multi-focal lens for near and far vision. This tailored treatment may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery.
“Eliminating the scalpel from cataract surgery introduces a whole new level of precision to cataract surgery,” said Dr. Melki. “This also allows a robotic approach to the surgery enhancing its level of safety”.
The CATALYS Precision Laser System was developed by global ophthalmic company OptiMedica Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in close collaboration with a Medical Advisory Board of cataract surgery experts from around the world.
For more information, please visit our website @http://www.bostonlaser.com or Contact Rick Young at 617-5660062 or rick(at)bostonlaser(dot)com
1 2011 Market Scope Report on the Global Cataract Equipment Market
2 Friedman, NJ, et al., “Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198
3 Palanker, D., et al., “Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical
4 Dick, B. “The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: the future of small incision cataract surgery,” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3
5 Burkhard HD., “Femtosecond cataract surgery outcomes: an advance or not?” Proceedings from the XXX Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Milan, Italy. September 2012.