The CataRhex 3 in cataract surgery

The CataRhex 3 makes cataract surgery incredibly fast, safe, calm, and – thanks to its excellent mobility – economical and everywhere accessible. The space-saving and portable surgical platform ensures safe cataract surgery of the highest level, both in cutting-edge high-performance operating theatres and under awkward circumstances or unusual conditions. Thanks to easyPhaco, you achieve unsurpassed chamber stability, efficient fragment aspiration and perfect emulsification. Capsulorhexis is considerably easier with HF capsulotomy. In addition, the CataRhex 3 also offers decisive advantages and excellent characteristics in anterior vitrectomy.


In the development of cataract surgery, capsulorhexis created a milestone. It leads to greater safety in interventions and reduces the risk of radial capsule ruptures significantly. Work on the anterior lens capsule with needle or forceps is still regarded the standard procedure in phaco interventions. However, the Femto laser assisted capsulorhexis has gained increasing importance in the last few years. Oertli has successfully taken another path – using HF capsulotomy, developed in joint collaboration with Professor Rudolf Klöti, Zurich.

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Cataract surgery is one of the most frequent operative interventions in the world. Phaco – phaco emulsification –  is the golden standard for an operative treatment of cataract. A small cut into the cornea (scleral cut) is performed, which closes itself again after the surgery. A cannula is inserted into the cut. Then, the lens is reduced to small pieces with ultrasound energy, and aspirated afterwards. With its easyPhaco technology, Oertli has taken phaco to an entirely new level – boasting chamber stability, impressive followability and a particularly gentle application.

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Irrigation / aspiration

Thanks to combined I/A instruments, irrigation (input of irrigation fluid) and aspiration (suction of lens material) can be perfectly performed in one go. Oertli’s surgical platforms enable application for Quick Tips and Safety Design that provide the highest degree of safety in combination with the SPEEP pump when removing residual lens material. 

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Diathermy is used in manifold ways in cataract surgery and can be a sensible alternative to capsulorhexis and forceps, e.g. when it comes to capsule opening. Thanks to the cleverly thought out technology, Oertli surgical platforms have paved the way for extremely fine and directly controllable dosing of high-frequency energy. Therefore, applications of bipolar technology such as endo-diathermy can be performed even more precisely and safely.

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Anterior vitrectomy

In anterior vitrectomy, the vitreous body content is removed, and generally, a replacement fluid is inserted. The procedure is used, for instance, in the case of a loss of lens fragments in the vitreous body following a posterior capsule rupture. In such cases, Oertli brings to bear the advantages of both physics and fluidics in a highly impressive manner – safe and traction-free.

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