Laser (Bladeless) Cataract Surgery
Yavitz Eye Center is first in the Rockford area to offer patients the new
standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS Precision
Laser System. Using CATALYS, Edward Yavitz MD can provide a
gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not
achievable with traditional manual techniques.
What is CATALYS?
Developed by Silicon Valley-based OptiMedica Corp., CATALYS is a
new FDA market cleared medical device that features a state-of-theart
laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features
that can bring numerous benefits to our 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 Dr. Yavitz to create a customized
treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.
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Next, Dr. Yavitz uses the laser 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 requiring less ultrasonic energy.3
Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual
result, Dr. Yavitz may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could
include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea to treat
astigmatism and a specific lens replacement, such as a multi-focal lens
implant to reduce a patient’s need for glasses after surgery.
What are the benefits of CATALYS Laser Cataract Surgery?
- A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
- A more precise treatment than possible with manual techniques
- A gentler and easier cataract removal
- A more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation4
- A more perfectly centered implant for the best visual outcome
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new standard in precision cataract surgery