Laser Cataract Surgery with CATALYS®

Dr. Jeff Wong of Honolulu Eye Clinic is one of the first surgeons in Hawaii to offer patients the new FDA-approved CATALYS Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, Dr. Wong can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques.

What is CATALYS?

CATALYS is a new FDA market cleared medical device that features a state-of-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features that can bring numerous benefits to Honolulu Eye Clinic patients.

How does it work and what are the steps?


Every eye has a unique size and shape. CATALYS’ advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables Dr. Wong to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.

Next, Dr. Wong uses CATALYS to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS than what is achievable by hand.1,2 CATALYS then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal.3


Depending on the patient’s pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Dr. Wong may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific clear lens type, such as a multi-focal lens. This tailored treatment may reduce a patient’s need for glasses or contacts after surgery.


What are the benefits of CATALYS?


  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
  • A treatment with little or no discomfort
  • A more precise treatment
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal
  • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation
  • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery



“I’m really excited to be able to offer this revolutionary technology to my patients,” said Jeff Wong, M.D. after performing his first cases on 7/31/13 at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii. “Laser cataract surgery with the Catalys represents a paradigm shift in the way surgeons will treat cataracts, and I think it will eventually become the standard of care.  I was amazed at how gentle the experience was for the patient, and at the accuracy of the machine.  I am convinced that this technology will lead to a quicker recovery, and a safer, more precise outcome for the patient.”


1 Friedman, NJ, et al., “Femtosecond Laser Capsulotomy,” Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, 2011 July; 37(7): 1189-1198

2 Palanker, D., et al., “Femtosecond Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery with Integrated Optical Coherence Tomography,” Science Translational Medicine, Vol 2 Issue 58: 1-9 (2010)

3 Burkhard HD., “The synergy of MICS and femtosecond lasers: The future of small incision cataract surgery” Ophthalmology Times Europe, 2012 April; Vol 8 Issue 3

4 Burkhard HD., “Femtosecond cataract surgery outcomes: an advance or not?” Proceedings from the XXX Congress of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in Milan, Italy. September 2012.