Commonwealth Eyes Now Offers Laser Cataract Surgery with CATALYS™

Commonwealth Eyes is first in Central Kentucky to offer patients the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS™ Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, Dr. Lance Ferguson 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-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features that can bring numerous benefits to Commonwealth Eye Surgery 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. Lance Ferguson to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Schematic of 3D treatment customization

Next, Dr. Ferguson uses 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. Positioning of the lens is especially important with high technology lenses, which demand a level of precision, accuracy and customization that traditional manual surgery struggles to provide.

Catalys System

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

To learn more about this amazing and cutting edge technology, please watch this short 5-minute video.


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