The Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular de Barcelona (IMO), today and tomorrow, will be hosting a professional meeting to be attended by 150 of the best cataract specialists in Europe, invited by Alcon, a company specialising in eye care products, to discuss its new Cataract Refractive Suite, a surgical instrument which features the application of artificial intelligence for more individualised programming and more accurate execution of cataract surgery. Alcon has organised this event at IMO, as it is one of the most advanced centres in Europe for ophthalmic surgery, as well as a pioneer in being equipped with this new platform.
Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures worldwide, with almost 22 million operations performed each year. This number is growing rapidly due to demographic changes and increased access to healthcare. In addition, standards of care for cataract surgery are advancing all around the world, creating increased demand for sophisticated equipment.
The most common and widely applied surgical procedure for cataract removal is phacoemulsification which involves making a small incision in the eye, followed by the insertion of a minuscule probe, in which ultrasonic phacoemulsification energy is used to help break up and remove the cataract from the eye. Finally, an intraocular lens is implanted to replace the eye’s natural lens (crystalline).
Greater individualisation and precision
The new device, on which IMO meeting will focus, consists of three high-tech instruments used in cataract surgery – a phacoemulsifier, a femtosecond laser and an ophthalmic microscope –, which, in turn, can be connected to a computer that can provide the surgeon with a special surgical plan for each patient by combining and optimising data relating to preoperative tests and measurements of the patient’s eye and the lens to be implanted. This processor enables greater individualisation and precision in cataract surgery.
To demonstrate the operation of this new phacoemulsification equipment, six ophthalmologists, led by doctors J.L. Güell and Daniel Elies, from the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department of IMO, will perform six operations this afternoon, which colleagues will be able to follow live from IMO auditorium and the Palais des Congrès in Paris, where the French Association of Ophthalmology is celebrating its 120th annual conference. This will enable the French cataract specialists, who were unable to travel to Barcelona due to the coinciding of both events, to also participate in the discussion.
The operations can also be followed live and free through the livestream system via the link http://new.livestream.com/IMO/alcon-innnovation-day. It is expected that the six operations will take place between 3.00 pm and 7.50 pm.
Technical specifications of the components of the new platform Cataract Refractive Suite
Alcon’s Cataract Refractive Suite features numerous innovations and sophisticated technologies, each of which is designed to be the best in its category separately, but can also be used together as part of the operating theatre suite to further enhance the benefits of each.
The CENTURION® Vision System is the only smart phacoemulsification technology available that optimises every second of cataract surgery. This new system automatically and continuously adapts to the changing conditions in the eye, providing an IOP (intraocular pressure) that is more constant and greater stability of the anterior chamber at each stage of the operation.
The LuxOR™ ophthalmic microscope range provides better visualisation throughout the procedure, as well as greater ease of use during placement and programming of the microscope, before or during cataract surgery. The LuxOR™ optical head has been designed to overcome the numerous light limitations of other surgical microscopes, which can affect visualisation, enabling the surgeon to have more light at all times.
LenSx® Femtosecond Laser
The LenSx® laser provides the surgeon with the advantages of femtosecond technology: micro-scale precision, accuracy and predictability by using focused femtosecond laser pulses for making incisions in the lens capsule, crystalline lens and cornea. This results in treatments that can be adapted to suit the specifications of the surgeon and provide an extraordinary degree of accuracy.
VERION™ Image-Guided System
Using advanced technology, the VERION™ Image-Guided System has been designed to perfectly optimise planning and surgical guidance in the operating theatre, systematically addressing many of the key factors for a good refractive result: accurate preoperative measurements, effective surgical planning, size and location of the capsulorhexis, planning surgically induced astigmatism (SIA), size and location of the incision and position and alignment of the IOL.
This enables surgeons to better plan and execute some of the most challenging steps of the procedure through a patented technology, capable of capturing a high-resolution reference image of the patient’s eye, which provides real-time monitoring and exact positioning details in order to perform the incision and align the IOL accurately.