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    Cataract surgery hot topics carry over into 2014 and beyond for physicians

    Advances in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery, MIGS serve as drivers


    Take home

    Innovations in femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery and microinvasive glaucoma surgery continue to drive the momentum of cataract procedures into 2015.



    The introduction by Alcon Laboratories of the Centurion Vision System was one of the biggest news items in cataract surgery in 2013, and it continued to take center stage in 2014 as real world clinical experience affirmed the benefits of its proprietary new fluidics system (Active Fluidic Technology).

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    Femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) also remained a major topic of discussion in 2014 despite a relative lack of breaking news.

    Ophthalmology Times editorial advisory board members, Malik Kahook, MD, Randall Olson, MD, and Mark Packer, MD, spoke about these topics as part of an end-of-the-year review of cataract surgery.

    Safer surgery

    Although the Centurion Vision System offers several innovative attributes, its fluidics technology that allows surgeons to set and maintain a target IOP is considered one of its most outstanding features.

    “We are developing some protocols to more rigorously evaluate the system’s performance and benefits, but it is obvious to me that this is very exciting technology and will be the new standard,” said Dr. Olson, professor and chair, department of ophthalmology and visual sciences and CEO, John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

    Cheryl Guttman Krader
    Cheryl Guttman Krader is a contributor to Dermatology Times, Ophthalmology Times, and Urology Times.

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