Catalys laser cataract



Our Surgeons are on the leading edge of cataract surgical techniques.  Now offering the femtosecond laser system Catalys to reduce astigmatism and create the incisions of your cataract surgery with laser precision.

Oak Park Eye Center is one of the first in the Chicagoland area to offer patients the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, Drs. Hennessey and Santiago can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques. Along with the toric intraocular lens, this new technology can help reduce astigmatism, improving vision obtained without glasses.

What is CATALYS?

Developed by Silicon Valley-based OptiMedica Corp., CATALYS is a new FDA market cleared medical device that features a state-of-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features that can bring numerous benefits to Oak Park Eye Center patients.

How does it work and what are the steps?

Every eye has a unique size and shape. CATALYS’ advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables Oak Park Eye Center surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Next, Oak Park Eye Center surgeons 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]. These steps set the stage for positioning of the replacement lens.

What are the benefits of CATALYS?

•A fast procedure with little or no discomfort

•A highly customized procedure with advanced 3D imaging

•A gentler and easier cataract removal

•Laser precise incisions

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1 Friedman, NJ, et al., “Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198

2 Palanker, D., et al., “Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography,” Science Translational Medicine, Vol 2 Issue 58: 1-9 (2010)

3 Burkhard HD., “The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: The future of small incision cataract surgery” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3


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