American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Meeting
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Meeting
April 29, 2014
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Femtosecond laser safely, successfully creates free-floating capsulotomies

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BOSTON — A short-pulse femtosecond laser was used to create free-floating capsulotomies with few complications, according to a study presented here.

Y. Ralph Chu, MD, elucidated results obtained with the Victus femtosecond laser (Bausch + Lomb) at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery annual meeting.

 

Y. Ralph Chu

“We can successfully create free-floating capsulotomies with the Victus platform,” Chu said. “It did not seem to be associated with increased suction loss or difficulty docking. We can create predictable capsulotomies with minimal complications.”

Investigators set out to identify the rates of free-floating capsulotomy creation with the Victus laser. They also assessed complications, suction loss and difficulty with docking.

The study included 192 eyes of 129 patients undergoing cataract surgery. Target capsulotomy diameter was 5.5 mm.
Free-floating capsulotomies were created in 99.5% of eyes — all but one eye.

Mean suction time, reported for 180 eyes, was 2.5 minutes (range: 1.7 to 4.2 minutes). Surgeons experienced no difficulty with docking.

Subconjunctival hemorrhage occurred in 30 of 191 eyes (15.7%).

Disclosure: Chu is a consultant for and has received research and travel funding from Bausch + Lomb.