Faster, safer cataract surgery

Organization: 219 Design LLC, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, LUNAR, Mid-Penninsula Ophthalmology Medical Group, National Instruments, OptiMedica, Seibel Vision Surgery, Stanford University, Talamo Laser Eye Consultants
Co-Developer(s): Daniel Santos (co-developer), David Bim-Merle (co-developer), David Boosalis (co-developer), lawrence Miller (co-developer), Darrell Pham (co-developer), William Culbertson (co-developer), Matt Durack (co-developer), Neil Friedman (co-developer), James Sm
Year: 2012

2012 R&D 100 WinnerWith more than 3 million procedures performed annually, cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the United States. In the procedure, a cataract, or opacification of the crystalline lens in the eye, is removed and replaced with a synthetic intraocular lens (IOL). The Catalys Precision Laser System, developed by OptiMedica, Sunnyvale, Calif.; LUNAR, San Francisco; 219 Design LLC, Mountain View, Calif.; and National Instruments, Austin, Texas, allows refractive and cataract surgeons to perform image-guided laser lens conditioning and corneal incisions to prepare the eye for cataract removal and IOL insertion.

Intuitive, template-based planning software facilitates treatment plan creation. A fluid-filled liquid optics interface (LOI) ensures stable and comfortable system-patient attachment and optimizes the clarity of the optical path for imaging and laser delivery. The suction pressure in the liquid optics interface results in a minimal rise in intraocular pressure, substantially lower than in the conventional curved applanating lenses used in LASIK procedures and on competing cataract laser systems.

Integral Guidance, a 3D optical coherence tomography imaging system enhanced by sophisticated algorithms, delivers automated 3D treatment customization and ensures the femtosecond laser pulses are delivered safely and precisely to the intended location.

Technology Laser-guided cataract surgical instrument

DevelopersOptiMedicaLUNAR219 Design LLCNational Instruments

Development Team

(l-r): David Mordaunt, OptiMedica George R. Marcellino, OptiMedica; Mark S. Blumenkranz, Stanford University; Dan Andersen, OptiMedica; Michael Wiltberger, OptiMedica

Daniel Palanker, Stanford University

The Catalys Precision Laser System Development Team OptiMedicaDan E. Andersen, Principal Developer David G. Angeley Christine Beltran Raymond Chen Steve Christensen David Dewey Shereen Elezaby Rob Eno Javier Gonzales Phillip Gooding Lou Haggerty Rene Hugues Lowell Hunter Antonio Lucero George Marcellino Lorenzo Marte David Mordaunt Madeleine O’Meara Brian Riley Georg Schüle Dave Scott Maria Shamuel Katrina Sheehy Michael Simoneau Michael W. Wiltberger Raymond Woo Bruce Woodley Jan Wysopal Ambert Yeung

219 Design LLC Daniel Santos David Bim-Merle David Boosalis Lawrence Miller Darrel Pham

Rest of Team Mark S. Blumenkranz, Stanford University William Culbertson, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Matt Durack, LUNAR Neil Friedman, Mid-Peninsula Ophthalmology Medical Group Daniel V. Palanker, Stanford University Barry Seibel, Seibel Vision Surgery James Smith, National Instruments Jonathan Talamo, Talamo Laser Eye Consultants