Lexington, KY – June 29, 2012 – Commonwealth Eye Surgery has become the first ophthalmic center in Kentucky to offer cataract surgery with the Catalys Precision Laser System. Catalys combines a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser, advanced 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging, sophisticated software and a host of other unique features that deliver a precise, customized procedure and an exceptional experience for cataract patients.

“The long awaited ‘new era’ has arrived…precision laser cataract surgery is now a reality. Real time imaging systems integrated with the power of femtosecond lasers will help boost refractive outcomes for cataract patients to those presently enjoyed by LASIK patients.” said Dr. Lance S. Ferguson, Surgical Director at Commonwealth Eye Surgery. “We are indeed fortunate to have been selected as the flagship for the Catalys system in this region, the fifth installation in the entire United States.”

A cataract is an age-related condition in which the lens of the eye becomes clouded or opaque, making vision fuzzy and normal daily living activities more difficult. Cataract surgery is the only treatment for cataracts and is one of the most common procedures performed worldwide, estimated at 19 million cases per year.1 In the conventional (non-laser) procedure, the surgeon must perform several critical steps by hand. This manual approach limits predictability and precision, potentially affecting visual outcomes and complication rates. In recent years, laser technology – which is used in procedures such as LASIK – has been incorporated into cataract surgery to enhance the precision, accuracy and safety of the procedure. The Catalys Precision Laser System represents the next generation of this technology and has been shown in clinical study to deliver precision that is unequaled in the industry.

Using Catalys, surgeons can access and remove the cataract-affected lens with accuracy that is within tens of microns.1 (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.2,3,4 This is especially true for premium intraocular lenses (IOLs), which include presbyopia-correcting multifocal and accommodating IOLs and astigmatism-correcting toric IOLs.

In addition to its accuracy benefits, Catalys’ sophisticated laser technology makes break-up and removal of the cataract easier and gentler on the patient.5 A clinical study has shown that Catalys reduces the amount of ultrasound energy needed during this step by approximately 40 percent, an improvement that may enhance procedure safety.

“The potential patient benefits are enormous…reducing energy required to remove the cataract preserves corneal clarity and the consistent size and shape of both internal and external laser incisions provides marked improvement in the final unaided visual acuity. Despite expert surgical technique, no human hand can approach the consistency and accuracy of the Catalys femtosecond system. And for patients’ sake, it’s time for surgeons to park their egos and embrace the technology that will ultimately become the standard of care.

Autopilots were initially denigrated by “real” pilots, but with their consistently superior computer driven performance, they are now an FAA requirement for most commercial and many private aircraft. They simply fly the airplane more accurately than their human counterparts. Likewise, femtosecond laser cataract surgery will complement the surgical skill and judgment of even the most experienced practitioner,” said Dr. Ferguson.

“Finally, patients will enjoy additional comfort as the Catalys system painlessly completes the most critical steps of cataract surgery before the patient arrives in the operating room, thereby minimizing his or her time in surgery.”

The Catalys Precision Laser System was developed by OptiMedica Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif., USA) in close collaboration with a Medical Advisory Board of cataract experts from around the world. Catalys was CE mark approved in August 2011 and market cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2011. The system is available at leading ophthalmic centers around the world.

For more information regarding precision laser cataract surgery with Catalys at Commonwealth Eye Surgery, please call 859-224-2655 or visit

About OptiMedica

OptiMedica Corp. is a Silicon Valley-based global ophthalmic device company dedicated to developing performance-driven technologies that improve patient outcomes. Exclusively focused in the cataract therapeutic area, the company has developed the Catalys Precision Laser System to deliver unparalleled precision in cataract surgery. For more information, please visit

About Commonwealth Eye Surgery

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, Commonwealth Eye Surgery is Kentucky’s first and finest optometric co-management center and the premier surgical eye care provider in the Bluegrass. Our array of services include laser cataract surgery (including the Crystalens presbyopia correcting and TORIC astigmatic correcting premium lens implants), LASIK (including True Custom Wavefront and ALL laser LASIK) and other refractive surgeries, glaucoma laser treatments, and other laser procedures. Our “team approach” creates a seamless and convenient integration of your eye care between our facility and your local eye care provider. Our surgeon, Dr. Lance S. Ferguson, has operated successfully on more than 70,000 eyes in Lexington since 1985. Known as the “Doctor the Doctors Choose,” he is the surgeon of choice of other eye doctors, having operated on more eye doctors and their families than any other eye surgeon in Kentucky.

Posted on 2012-07-02 by Chad Wilson