HD Cataract Surgery with the Catalys Precision Laser System
Here at EyeCare 20/20 we are always looking for the latest and greatest technological innovations that will help our patients restore their eyes back to clear vision, and our eye surgeons pride themselves on always being on the cutting edge of new procedures and treatments.
Therefore, we were thrilled to become the first medical office in New Jersey to offer laser surgery with the new Catalys® Precision Laser System in order to treat patients who suffer from cataracts.
While we have always offered non-laser surgery as a method of correcting a patient’s cataracts and removing the part of the natural lens that is impacted by clouding, a blade was always required in order to remove the cataract and implant an artificial lens into the eye. However, through laser cataract surgery, Dr. Silverman and his team are now able to perform cataract surgery without having to use blades of any kind―a significant improvement for both patients and surgeons.
The HD Cataract Surgery with Catalys® offers a new standard in precision cataract surgery, providing a highly customized, gentle cataract procedure that has not previously been available with common manual techniques.
In the simplest of terms, a cataract is the clouding of the natural clear lens inside of the eye. The lens is primarily made up of water and protein, and is arranged in a way that keeps the lens clear and allows light to pass through so that we can see clearly. However, as we age, some of this protein can clump together and begin to cloud our lens.
This common age-related vision problem is currently the leading cause of vision loss among adults over the age of 55 and it is becoming increasingly more prevalent as the years go by. In fact, the incidence of cataracts in the United States has risen 19% since 2000 alone, impacting nearly 25 million people aged 40 and older in the U.S. According to Prevent Blindness America’s Vision Problems in the U.S. report, more than half of all Americans are expected to develop cataracts by age 80.
The Advantages of Bladeless HD Cataract Surgery
New Femtosecond lasers in cataract surgery offer ophthalmologists the opportunity to literally cut a new edge in terms of the accuracy of their incisions and the precision of their actions during cataract surgery. Plus, due to the small size of the incisions, surgeons are able to leave the surrounding healthy tissue of the eye unaffected.
While these lasers have been used in LASIK surgery procedures for many years now, they just recently became available for use in cataract surgery and they are changing the way surgeons look at cataracts.
Here are just a few benefits of the Femtosecond laser:
Because Femtosecond lasers are able to tightly focus their energy on precise surgical incisions, doctors often see less capsular tear, less trauma to the endothelium and faster visual recovery. HD cataract surgery also allows surgeons with the ability to cut deeply on a single plane without collateral damage, reducing the amount of surgical trauma.
The Femtosecond laser is able to soften dense cataracts before their removal. This means using much less ultrasound energy to break up and remove the cataract during surgery. This translates into a much safer procedure, with less side effects and a quicker visual recovery.
Femtosecond lasers provide a perfectly round, well-centered and precise diameter capsulotomy. This allows doctors to improve their lens position, avoiding the most common cause of refractive error and fully exploiting the potentials of multifocal IOLs. This results in a much more accurate result.
Ophthalmologists are now also able to reduce astigmatism through precise incisions. Correcting corneal astigmatism and preventing surgically induced astigmatism is what provides patients with a high quality of postoperative vision and patient satisfaction.
The Catalys® Precision Laser System
The Catalys® laser is a new FDA market cleared medical device that is used by eye surgeons in order to perform the highest quality possible of cataract procedures. The technology was developed by Silicon Valley-based Optimedica Corp. and the technology features a state-of-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features to help bring patients the very best in laser cataract removal.
How Does The Procedure Work?
When it comes to cataract surgery, every person’s eye is completely unique, with its own individual size and shape. The Catalys® system keeps this in mind and uses advanced technology to build a 3D map of each eye and tailor specific treatment to that map. This allows surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the specific landscape of your eyes.
After your own individual treatment plan is creased, Catalys® is then used to create a circular opening to remove the cataract. Studies have shown that using Catalys® to create this opening is nearly 10 times more accurate than when the procedure is performed manually! That means reduced side effects and a better vision post-surgery than with non-laser cataract surgery. Finally, Catalys® helps to soften the hard cataract and break it into very small pieces for easy, gentle removal by the surgeon.
Praise For The Catalys® Laser System
About Our Surgeons
For unsurpassed vision care, contact EyeCare 20/20 today and speak with our HD Cataract Surgeon, Cary M. Silverman, M.D. We are located in East Hanover, near Parsippany, in northern New Jersey.
As an honored and respected ophthalmologist, Dr. Silverman is one of the most trusted names in laser vision correction.