Laser Cataract Surgery with Catalys

Cataract surgery involves removing the cataract and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. Dr. Tham is now using the Catalys Precision Laser System to perform many key steps of the procedure that he/she used to perform with handheld instruments. This laser precision allows her to offer patients cataract surgery with unprecedented accuracy and customization.

Q, What are the benefits of laser cataract surgery?

A. With Catalys, your surgeon can provide you:

  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
  • A treatment with little or no discomfort
  • A more precise treatment [1,2]
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal [3]
  • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due and reduced inflammation [4,5]
  • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery

Q. Am I a suitable candidate for laser cataract surgery?  

A. In our experience, most cataract patients are suitable patients for laser cataract surgery. Your doctor and his/her support staff will discuss your candidacy in more detail during your cataract evaluation exam.  

Q. How long has the procedure been performed?  

A. Thousands of procedures have been successfully performed using the Catalys Precision Laser System, and lasers have been used in eye procedures for decades. The Catalys Precision Laser System represents the new standard in precision laser cataract surgery, and it was cleared by the US FDA in 2011.

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
4 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.
5 Vote, Brendan, Presentation at AUSCRS 2012.