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French health system to use CATALYS for laser cataract study

Béatrice Cochener, MD announced at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting in Barcelona that the French FEMCAT study the cost-effectiveness of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery almost achieved the 1800 enrollment target and is expected to be completed by midyear of 2016. According to Cochener, this prospective randomized study aims at providing the scientific basis for adoption of the femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery (FLACS) within the French health system.

Cochener touted that the FLACS has proven so good that it is comparable to hip surgery and superior to knee arthroplasty or defibrillator implantation. Cochener also reported that following a competitive bid involving 5 lasers the CATALYS® system (Abbott Medical Optics, Milpitas, CA) was selected to be the laser used in the study.

Posted September 15, 2015

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