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Custom laser cataract surgery increases precision and accuracy of surgery

Hoopes Vision first in world to offer multiple platforms for custom laser cataract surgery

Hoopes Vision

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Hoopes Vision's commitment to providing the latest technological advancements to their patients has led to another exciting new option for cataract patients. Earlier this year, Hoopes Vision took possession of the Optimedica Catalys(TM) Precision Laser System, introducing the world's most sophisticated laser cataract surgery system to Utah. Obtaining the Catalys(TM), in addition to the LenSx(TM) cataract laser already in use, makes Hoopes Vision the first center in the world to offer multiple cataract laser platforms, giving patients an unparalleled level of customization. The Catalys(TM) is US FDA market-cleared for performing capsulotomy and lens fragmentation and delivers unequaled precision and accuracy of laser incisions. The surgeons of Hoopes Vision have been offering laser cataract procedures to their patients since October of 2011 with the LenSx(TM) laser system. The Catalys(TM) is currently their preferred cataract laser.

Having multiple laser platforms available is highly advantageous to the surgeon as well as the patient. While all human eyes share the same basic anatomical structure, every eye is unique in terms of size, depth, curvature and other key features. Offering a range of technologies ensures that every treatment plan is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. These two laser systems embody subtle differences, allowing Hoopes Vision's surgeons the opportunity to offer patients a wider range of customization in laser cataract surgery than anywhere else in the world.

According to Dr. Phillip C. Hoopes, chief surgeon and CEO of Hoopes Vision, "It was an easy decision to obtain the Catalys(TM) Precision Laser Platform. Our core mission has always been to provide our patients with the best technology to be used by caring, experienced doctors. Our LASIK surgery suite is well-known across the country as one of the most technologically advanced. The addition of the Catalys(TM) laser will position Hoopes Vision as one of the premier destinations for cataract surgery in the world."

Catalys(TM) features a state-of-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, sophisticated software and other unique features that deliver a precise, customized procedure with exceptional patient comfort. Using Catalys(TM), Hoopes Vision's surgeons can access and remove the cataract-affected lens with accuracy that is within tens of microns. (For visual perspective, the width of a human hair is 85 microns.) This new level of accuracy may allow surgeons to position the artificial replacement lens exactly where it is intended to ultimately ensure effective performance and excellent visual outcomes.

In addition to its accuracy benefits, Catalys'(TM) sophisticated laser technology makes break-up and removal of the cataract easier and gentler on the patient. A clinical study has shown that Catalys(TM) reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed during this step by approximately 40 percent, an improvement that may enhance procedure safety.

Millions of people suffer from cataracts. Once a cataract has developed, the only way to improve vision is through surgery. This is why cataract removal is one of the most common procedures, estimated at 1.5 million cases each year in the United States. Incorporating laser technology into cataract surgery procedures has revolutionized the way this vision problem is treated.

Cataract surgery is often paired with the implantation of newer, hi-tech lenses that provide improved near and distance vision with a goal of reducing or eliminating the use of glasses - including reading glasses. Because of the improved outcomes of laser cataract surgery and these new lenses, many people opt to have a similar procedure called laser refractive lens exchange to correct their vision before the development of cataracts.

The new Catalys(TM) system is the perfect addition to Hoopes Vision's state-of-the-art facility in the Salt Lake City area. Patients who choose to have surgery with the doctors of Hoopes Vision can be confident they are receiving the highest level of customization and the most advanced technology available. For more information, please visit www.hoopesvision.com or call (801) 568-0200 to schedule a comprehensive cataract evaluation.

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