By Heah Jun Rong, Optometrist, International Eye Cataract Retina Centre

Modern micro-incision cataract surgery is continuously evolving to become a more advanced, effective and safer surgical procedure. A giant leap in technology is the use of a digital operating microscope to improve the comfort and safety for patients and the surgeon.

Dr Ajeet Madhav Wagle, Medical Director and Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist at International Eye Cataract Retina Centre in Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and Farrer Park Medical Centre, recently used the Zeiss Artevo 800 Digital Operating Microscope for modern micro-incision cataract surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore.

Zeiss Artevo 800 is the first digital operating microscope available for cataract surgery. It truly lets the surgeon ‘see more’ during the surgery with the enhanced depth of focus and zoom capabilities of the 3D visualisation system on a 55” 4K monitor.

The surgeon sits in a comfortable ‘heads up’ position and looks at the screen through special ‘3D glasses’ during the entire surgery. This is unlike conventional operating microscopes where the surgeon looks through the eye piece of the microscope downwards while the patient lies on the operating table.

The patient also benefits from significantly reduced light intensity of the microscope during eye surgery and the integrated Zeiss Callisto® system which provides the perfect capability for excellent alignment of the axis of a toric intraocular lens implant to correct astigmatism for more precise vision outcomes.

In conclusion, the digital operating microscope is a welcome change to make the modern micro-incision cataract surgery even more comfortable, efficient and safe for patients.