HEI Evaluates New Cataract Surgery Technology


In September, HEI faculty and residents got a special hands-on preview of the CataRhex3, a Swiss phaco machine for cataract surgery, a month ahead of the official product launch at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago. This unique wetlab featured presentations by Oertli Instruments Switzerland and its United States distributor, Katalyst Surgical.

“The HEI Skills Transfer Center offers state of the art training for the next generation of eye surgeons,” said Aaron Waite, MD, director of Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery at HEI. “The surgeons in training truly benefit from synergy with technology developers such as Oertli.  This event allowed them the opportunity to use the newest technology in a lab setting with direct access to the training team.”

Second-year resident Hank Wynn, MD, said, “It was a privilege to be among the first physicians in the country to work with the Oertli phaco machine and a fantastic opportunity to experience the latest technologies avail-able to an anterior segment surgeon.”

Residents Andrew Meador, MD, and Rebecca Epstein, MD, get tips from Oertli Sales Manager Thomas Huggler in use of the CataRhex3.

Residents Andrew Meador, MD, and Rebecca Epstein, MD, get tips from Oertli Sales Manager Thomas Huggler in use of the CataRhex3.

Residents Andrew Meador, MD, and Rebecca Epstein, MD, get tips from Oertli Sales Manager Thomas Huggler in use of the CataRhex3.

Residents Andrew Meador, MD, and Rebecca Epstein, MD, get tips from Oertli Sales Manager Thomas Huggler in use of the CataRhex3.