Dr. Güell presents in Australia major innovations and trends in cataract surgery

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Dr José Luis Güell, coordinator of the Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Department at the IMO, was one of the international speakers invited to the 46th Annual Scientific Congress of the RANZCO (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists), which last November brought together more than 1,300 specialists in the Australian city of Brisbane.

One of the topics he discussed at the congress was the combination of new techniques for both penetrating and, especially, lamellar (selective transplantation of some cornea layers) keratoplasty and cataract surgery, which has also seen important developments in recent years. After the meeting, Dr Güell talked about major innovations in 2014 as regards this discipline in an interview for Personal Eyes, a leading Australian eye clinic in personalised eye care. Specifically, the specialist highlighted the pioneering application of new instruments, such as Centurion, an intelligent phacoemulsification platform that optimises and provides greater stability, security and efficiency to cataract surgery, thanks to an active fluidic technology, which is very useful for complex cases. The ophthalmologist also referred to the Verion image guided system, with which you can create a digital high-resolution image of the eye, providing highly accurate surgical planning and execution.

pioneering application of new instruments

Moreover, the use of other equipment, such as the topographer and the one-of-a-kind Cassini corneal shape analyser, based on LED technology, allows you to improve the alignment of toric intraocular lenses in cataract surgery, according to IMO specialist, who also pointed out a new concept of pseudophakic toric lenses (with lens replacement) that will be increasingly used in the measurement of posterior corneal astigmatism in the near future. Finally, the Institute's ophthalmologist shared with the Personal Eyes team the main trends in the subspecialty throughout 2015. This year, Dr Güell is confident about the widespread use of the femtosecond laser, which is expected to improve nucleus fragmentation with the phaco-rolling technique; the combination of the aforementioned Verion and the ORA system, which will allow surgeons to see in real time, during cataract surgery, the incisions and the alignment of lenses for their optimal placement; the launch of WIOL, a bioanalogic intraocular lens made of a hydrogel material which is very similar to the human lens; and, finally, the handling of corneal asphericity and its various options to increase the postsurgical focus depth with pseudophakic lenses. Please click here to read the original interview for Personal Eyes.

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