Southern Alberta Eye Center

April 08, 2014 05:30 ET

Southern Alberta Eye Center Becomes First Ophthalmic Facility in Canada With Two Femtosecond Lasers for Cataract Surgery

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 8, 2014) - The Southern Alberta Eye Center in Calgary has now become the first ophthalmic facility in Canada with two femtosecond lasers available for use in cataract removal.

With both a Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform and a Catalys Precision Laser System available for use by ophthalmic surgeons, the Southern Alberta Eye Center continues to be one of the most advanced ophthalmic care facilities in Western Canada.

By making these technologies available for use by ophthalmologists, the Southern Alberta Eye Center is expanding the range of treatment options available to patients. Setting another first in Canada ophthalmic history, training of femtosecond cataract surgery for ophthalmology students in their residency programme was also offered. This commitment to education helps ensure that ophthalmologists and medical students in residence can gain experience performing laser cataract removal.

This method of cataract removal is more precise, 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.

Benefits of Femtosecond Lasers for Ophthalmic Surgeons

For ophthalmic surgeons, the combination of femtosecond lasers and real-time OCT imaging technology greatly enhances precision and individual patient customization.

Compared to manual techniques, laser cataract removal significantly improves upon an ophthalmologist's abilities as a surgeon. Simply put, these two lasers can make an average surgeon good, and good surgeons great.

Advantages of the Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform and the Catalys Precision Laser System for cataract removal include:

  • Real-time OCT imaging during procedures to improve surgeon control and precision. Visualization during surgery helps to ophthalmologists plan safer, more efficient cataract removals.
  • Advanced docking systems with less vacuum and better stabilization of the eye help increase accuracy, particularly for capsulorhexis and lens fragmentation.
  • Less phako energy is required during surgery, ensuring more rapid visual recovery, particularly for patients with severe cataracts.
  • Femtosecond laser cataract removal, paired with premium intraocular lenses (IOLs), provides patients with a wide range of eye care solutions including patients seeking elective surgery.
  • A highly customized procedure that can reduce astigmatism and improve post-op uncorrected vision.
  • Greater predictability in patient outcome.
  • Little or no patient discomfort.

Femtosecond lasers represent the next generation in corrective eye surgery and cataract removal. By equipping ophthalmic surgeons with the advanced equipment available at the Southern Alberta Eye Center, they can offer their patients a more customized procedure with a level of precision that wasn't previously achievable with traditional surgical methods.

Ophthalmologists based in Calgary and throughout Alberta that are interested in using the Victus Femtosecond Laser or Catalys Precision Laser System can contact Robert Bannerman at Southern Alberta Eye Centre at 403-252-3937 or visit their website at

Certification on these two femtosecond lasers is available with training and supervision from Bausch & Lomb and OptiMedica, respectively. Once certified, ophthalmologists will be eligible to use these revolutionary femtosecond platforms as part of their own practice, benefiting their patients and providing them with safer, more comfortable, and more precise cataract removal.

Contact Information

  • Southern Alberta Eye Center