Laser Cataract Surgery with Catalys

New England Eye Center Now Offers Laser Cataract Surgery with CATALYS™

If you have you ever wondered if you have a cataract or when you will acquire a cataract, you are not alone. According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Cataracts are slightly more common in woman than in men and can occur at any age. Realistically, if you live long enough, you will get a cataract.

Catalys | Laser Cataract Surgery BostonThe good news is that cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgery within the United States. And while it is not without risk, advancements in technology combined with the experience of our Board Certified Cornea Surgeons allow the majority of people to regain very good vision somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40. The even better news is that with the FDA approved advanced lens technology available in Boston, patients have vision correction options that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses after cataract surgery. The refractive surgeons at New England Eye Center have been leaders in the community, offering many types of advanced or premium lenses since their inception. Patients who choose the option to upgrade to premium lens surgery, versus traditional cataract surgery, continue on to enjoy their daily activities with a high degree of visual satisfaction. The premium lenses allow the doctors at New England Eye Center to offer patients the ability to see near, far and in between. Today, FDA approved premium IOL’s are routinely implanted with excellent results.

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In our effort to continue to provide our patients options with the most recent advancements in vision correction technology, New England Eye Center is thrilled to offer patients access to the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS™ Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, our physicians can provide a gentle, precise and highly customized cataract procedure with accuracy not achievable using traditional manual techniques.

What is CATALYS?

Developed by Silicon Valley-based OptiMedica Corp., CATALYS is a an advanced 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 New England Eye Center 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 our surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Dr. Helen Wu and Dr. Dan Hu 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 is achievable by hand [1,2]. The physicians utilize CATALYS to then soften and break up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for a gentler, easier cataract removal[3]. Just as in the traditional cataract removal technique, these steps set the stage for positioning of the replacement lens. However, positioning of the lens is especially important with the high technology lenses our facility offers. Premium lenses demand a level of precision, accuracy and customization that traditional manual surgery struggles to provide. The Catalys Femtosecond Laser combined with the advanced lens technology now available, allows the physicians at New England Eye Center to offer Boston patients a precisely customized cataract procedure from start to finish.

What are the benefits of CATALYS for the patient and the physician?

  • Catalys offers patients and physicians a gentler and easier cataract removal
  • Catalys provides precision and accuracy that is approximately ten times greater than that achieved with manual techniques
  • Catalys will offer New England Eye Center Patients the experience of a fast but precise procedure with little or no discomfort
  • Catalys will allow the physicians to customize the procedure with advanced 3D imaging

To see your world more clearly after cataract surgery, Contact us now to learn more about precision cataract surgery with CATALYS.


  1. Friedman, NJ, et al., “Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198
  2. Palanker, D., et al., “Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography,” Science Translational Medicine, Vol 2 Issue 58: 1-9 (2010)
  3. Burkhard HD., “The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: The future of small incision cataract surgery” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3

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