Mitchell Eye Centre

Mitchell Eye Centre

December 05, 2013 09:00 ET

Southern Alberta Eye Center Becomes First in Canada to Offer Training on Femtosecond Cataract Surgery

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 5, 2013) - This past month, Southern Alberta Eye Center, became the first training center to offer training on femtosecond cataract surgery in Canada for ophthalmology residents in their residency programme.

Dr. Lisa Lagrou, an ophthalmology resident at the University of Calgary, performed the femtosecond cataract surgery with supervising ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Mitchell. In total, the procedure took about 25 minutes to complete and was performed in one of the surgical suites at the Southern Alberta Eye Center. The cataract was removed and the patient's cloudy lens replaced with a clear intraocular lens implant.

This is an advanced technique, which is painless, and allows for a rapid visual recovery. It dramatically improves eyesight and can also correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and even presbyopia in some cases.

Dr. Lagrou's feedback on the experience of performing femtosecond cataract surgery was very positive. Using a Catalys Precision Laser System is "Faster and uses less phako energy which is safer for the patients. For ophthalmologists in their residency, this is much safer since capsularhexis is difficult when starting. This is where ophthalmic surgery will be in the next 10 years. Learning both the manual technique and the femto technique will ensure that residents can perform both in the field." Under Dr. Mitchell's supervision, the procedure went flawlessly and the patient's cataract was safely and painlessly removed.

This event marks an important step for the training of new ophthalmologists in Canada with the introduction of advanced femtosecond lasers, such as the Catalys Precision Laser System for use in cataract surgery.

For ophthalmologists and medical students in residence, the Catalys Precision Laser System represents the next generation of laser cataract removal and marks a major step forward in training new physicians.

Benefits for Ophthalmic Surgeons

In recent years, femtosecond laser and 3D imaging technology have been incorporated into cataract surgery to enhance the precision, and a dramatically improved ability to customize the procedure. The Catalys Precision Laser System offers a level of precision and safety that is superior to all other femtosecond lasers currently available.

  • A highly customized procedure that can reduce astigmatism and improve post-op uncorrected vision
  • Advanced 3D, real-time OCT creates a safe environment for the femtosecond laser
  • Fluid coupling results in less IOP elevation, increased patient comfort, and more accuracy, particularly for capsulorhexis and lens fragmentation
  • Less phako energy is required - particular benefit for severe cataracts
  • Little or no patient discomfort
  • More rapid visual recovery due to reduced phako energy at the time of surgery
  • Works particularly well with the premium IOLs
  • Greater predictability in patient outcome

Using the Catalys Precision Laser System for corrective eye surgery allows ophthalmologists to offer a safe, customized procedure with a level of precision that wasn't previously achievable with traditional surgical methods.

Ophthalmologists interested in using the Catalys System at the Southern Alberta Eye Centre for treating cataracts can now become certified on the Catalys System with training and supervision from OptiMedica staff. Physicians may contact the Southern Alberta Eye Center directly for more information about becoming certified on the Catalys Precision Laser System and using this femtosecond laser technology as part of their practice.

Patients can book cataract surgery appointments directly at the Mitchell Eye Centre website or may call 403-258-1773 for more information.

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