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AMO notifying surgeons of suction loss during FLACS

Today Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) sent out notice to all surgeons who use the CATALYS® System to inform them of the possibility of suction loss during femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery during (FLACS). Even though AMO maintained that suction loss during laser treatment for cataract is a remote, low probability event it nonetheless can occur and may result in scoring of the cornea during lens fragmentation with laser.

Randal Pham, MD, FACS has addressed this issue of suction loss in his article in Modern Plastic Surgery (MPS) entitled “Combined carbon dioxide laser lateral canthotomy and femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery.” In his article, Randal Pham, MD described a laser technique that provides increased surface area for the suction ring, thereby preventing suction loss during laser treatment. Using the CO2 laser Pham incised the lateral canthus, creating additional space for the suction ring. This technique can be applied to any laser procedure that requires the use of suction on the eye to stabilize the eye during laser procedure.

Posted March 5, 2015

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