Laser Cataract Surgery

Laser Cataract SurgeryVistar Eye Center is proud to offer the FDA-approved CATALYS™ Precision Laser System which represents a breakthrough in cataract surgery in Virginia and beyond. For the past several decades, cataract surgeons have used handheld instruments to perform some of the most challenging parts of the procedure. Today, the new technology offered by CATALYS™ combines a femtosecond laser, 3D imaging, sophisticated software and a number of other innovative features that make the cataract procedure highly customized, gentle and more precise than manual surgery.

How does it work and what are the steps?

Every eye has a unique size and shape. The CATALYS™ advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables the Vistar Eye Center surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Next, Vistar Eye Center surgeons use 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. CATALYS™ then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal. These steps set the stage for positioning of the replacement lens.

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