The Case for Outsourcing Cataracts

This article was originally featured in the June 2015 issue of Outpatient Surgery Magazine.

The Case for Outsourcing Cataracts

Not sure if ophthalmology’s hottest technology is right for your facility? Take it for a test drive.

Daniel Cook, Executive Editor

Femtosecond lasers have the potential to completely transform cataract surgery, but the platforms are expensive — costing upwards of $500,000, plus annual maintenance costs — and you need to attract plenty of patients who are willing to pony up for improved refractive outcomes in order to make that significant investment worth it. There is a way to see if laser cataracts will work at your facility with essentially no financial risk and no operational headaches. Outsourcing firms bring lasers right to your door and handle all the logistics of setup. All you have to do is schedule cases and count the profits.

Ophthalmologist Paul Koch, MD, the founder of Koch Eye Associates in Warwick, R.I., was drawn to the reported benefits of laser cataract surgery back in 2013, but wasn’t willing to invest in the hype. “We didn’t know for sure what role femto lasers would play in cataract surgery, and almost every comment made about it was by someone with a direct tie to one of the manufacturers,” he says. “So to purchase a unit at that time was quite a financial commitment, and one we weren’t willing to make.”

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The Complete Solution: Sightpath Medical

The femtosecond laser signifies a bold leap forward in cataract surgery by bringing image-guided computer precision to surgeons seeking to provide a targeted refractive outcome to their patients. Our comprehensive suite, MoFe, is the leading provider of mobile solutions for laser-assisted cataract surgery. We provide the femtosecond laser, instruments and supplies, manufacturer-certified engineer, clinical support, an implementation guide and access to customizable practice marketing tools — all without the initial capital outlay, maintenance expenses and upgrade costs that come with ownership.

See Dr. Paul Koch describe the benefits of the femtosecond laser procedure and the value of working with Sightpath to deliver outstanding outcomes for his patients.