New technology can improve outcomes of complex cataract cases in glaucomatous eyes, said Alan Crandall, MD. “There are a bunch of new tools that we have that makes it a lot easier to do these cases,” he added.
Dr. Crandall, professor and senior vice chairman of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and director of glaucoma and cataract at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, explained the advantages of the latest medical gadgets.
For example, the Active Fluidics Technology of the Centurion Vision System (Alcon Laboratories) “makes chamber maintenance much easier than our old systems,” he said. He called Whitestar Signature (Abbott Medical Optics) “a beautiful machine as well.”
On the list
Also on the shopping list for surgeons who treat cataracts in glaucoma cases, Dr. Crandall added capsular tension rings and intraocular stains. “Trypan Blue helps visualization in some of these typical cases,” he said. “You need to have vitreous stain available in case you run into issues.”