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ORA Technology

Introducing Breakthrough ‘Intraoperative’ ORA Technology

What is ORA Technology?

For the first time in medical history, cataract surgeons have the on-demand ability to measure outcomes, correct astigmatism and verify lens implant calculations in real time during cataract surgery with the introduction of Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA).  This technology is one of the most dramatic breakthroughs in intraoperative cataract care in the past two decades. The ORA is now available with Berkeley Eye Center for patients at our state-of-the-art Caplan Surgery Center.

How Does ORA Work?

During cataract surgery, the surgeon removes your cloudy, natural lens and replaces it with an intraocular lens implant, or IOL. The ORA is attached to the surgical microscope and utilizes intraoperative wavefront aberrometry to measure the refractive power of the eye once the cataract is removed.  This on-demand power calculation is then used to ensure proper implant power, IOL placement, and/or determination of the magnitude and direction of astigmatism. Each time the ORA is used, it performs 40 nearly instantaneous different calculations to measure the refractive power of the eye which needs to be corrected by the intraocular lens implant.  This enables us to perform custom refractive cataract surgery.

Our goal with refractive cataract surgery is to reduce or eliminate a patient’s need for prescription eyewear after surgery.


Who is a Candidate for ORA?

Having the ability to measure, refine and affirm outcomes during the actual surgical process allows us to take cataract surgery to an entirely new level. Making real-time surgical course modifications with on-demand measurements of the most critical components of cataract care enhances outcomes and reduces potential post-op complications.  This technology is helpful in all patients, but can be especially useful in patients who have previously been more challenging when calculating the customized power of the intraocular lens (IOL) that is implanted at the time of cataract surgery.  This may occur in patients who have had previous refractive surgery such as LASIK, PRK, or RK, extreme near or far-sightedness, or higher amounts of astigmatism.

Why Should Cataract Patients Choose ORA?

Modern-day cataract surgery is considered to be one of the most successful and common surgical procedures performed today. Each year, nearly two million men and women undergo cataract surgery to restore their vision. When you combine the benefits of ORA with our new cataract lens implant technology, patients today are experiencing a higher quality of post-operative vision than at any other time in history.

Depending on the vision correction option you and your doctor choose for your cataract surgery, your doctor will determine the treatment plan best suited for the visual outcome you desire.  This treatment plan may include the use of ORA System Technology.

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