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Cataract Surgery FAQs

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Our cataract surgeons offer Cataract Surgery w/ CATALYS®

Philadelphia Eye Associates is pleased to now offer patients femtosecond assisted cataract surgery with the CATALYS® Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, our Philadelphia Eye Associates Cataract Surgeons can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques.

What is CATALYS® for Cataract Surgery?

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 our patients. CATALYS is the gold standard in femto laser-assisted cataract surgery. This state of the art laser provides the ultimate in precision, helping automate several steps in the surgical procedure including opening the cataract, softening the cataract and treating low levels of astigmatism.

What to expect during CATALYS® treatment?

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 Philadelphia Eye Associates cataract surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Next, our cataract surgeons use 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. CATALYS then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal.

Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, cataract surgeons may also recommend a tailored treatment plan that would reduce astigmatism by creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea. This tailored treatment may reduce a patient’s need for glasses or contacts after cataract surgery.

benefits Of Using CATALYS® For cataract surgery

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

What steps has Laser Cataract Surgery replaced?

The laser replaces manual opening of the cataract and manual astigmatism incisions. It facilitates other steps by softening the cataract.

Why we are top cataract surgeons in Philadelphia?

Philadelphia Eye surgeons are among the top cataract surgeons in the Philadelphia region, having performed almost 40,000 procedures, teaching cataract surgery at the Wills Eye Hospital, and have been repeatedly named Top Docs by Philadelphia Magazine and their peers.

How can I choose the right cataract surgeon in Philadelphia?

Choose a cataract surgeon who listens to your needs and your concerns and involves you in the process of planning your surgery. Today there are many options available for cataract implants, we help you choose the best one for you.

How much does cataract surgery cost?

Cataract surgery is a medically necessary procedure and is usually covered by insurance. Be sure to know what co pays and deductibles you might be responsible for. Keep in mind that newer cataract implants that help you get out of your glasses and laser assisted cataract surgery are not covered by insurance and require a separate payment from the patient. Please ask our surgery coordinators for more details.

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