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The Oertli surgical platform CataRhex 3 impressively demonstrates that great platforms can sometimes be very small. With hitherto unachieved compactness and a lightweight of five kilogrammes, the CataRhex 3 device is consistently geared to mobility and portability – without making any compromises on performance. The CataRhex 3 is newly featured with the unique SPEEP pump, which provides even more flexibility and control. easyPhaco was developed for a safe and efficient phacoemulsification. Thanks to the HF capsulotomy tip, capsulorhexis has become incredibly easy. In the I/A mode, the SPEEP pump ensures even greater safety. A compressor has been integrated for anterior vitrectomy, and in glaucoma surgery, the HFDS application ensures excellent long-term results.

Make the difference – with the CataRhex 3 by Oertli.


    «I have found the CataRhex 3 to be the ideal phaco unit for teaching and implementing cataract eradication programs. The efficiency and easy setup are remarkable. The portability due to the compact size makes for easy transport and service. The Oertli support and service have exceeded all expectations. The learning curve in teaching new surgeons to use the Oertli is very quick. A truly exceptional phaco experience.»

    Kevin Barber, MD
    Advanced Center for Eyecare Global, USA

    «We have been thrilled with the CataRhex 3, which our practice is using for 100% of our in-office phacos. The machine is indestructible, utterly reliable, and completely intuitive, so there is zero learning curve. The machine is beautiful in its simplicity and a true joy to use.»

    Jack Parker, MD PHD
    Parker Cornea Alabama, USA

    «The CataRhex 3 is an amazing Swiss-engineered precision phacoemulsification device. It is one of the most underrated phaco machines on the US market. I have used the CataRhex 3 on hundreds of cases in direct head-to-head comparison with the other major phaco machines. The CataRhex 3 is like the David to all the other Goliath machines. The fluidics are astounding. The phaco power is more than enough even for the most dense lenses.  It is easy to set up and has a small footprint. It is my go to machine for all cataract cases.»

    Aaron Waite MD
    Waite Vision Eye Centre, Lehi, Utah, USA

    «The best fluidics and versatility compared to other technologies. My professional life has changed since I started using Oertli.»

    Dr. Fernando Aguilera
    Instituto de Ojos, Mexicali, Mexico

    «After using the CataRhex 3 for more than 5000 cataract cases, my opinion is: the anterior chamber is really stable, can be used for any grade of cataract, safe for cornea endothetial, faster visual recovery, and very ideal for World Vision 2020 program. Moreover, the consumables and the maintenance of the machine are economical. It’s a truly mobile phaco machine.»

    Dr. Rezaldi Pratama
    Ichsan Medical Centre Hospital Bintaro, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia

    «CataRhex 3 is the safest high performance phaco machine ever invented, yet it’s the smallest. Brilliant!»

    Dr. Indra Syarief
    Rumah Sakit Ibu dan Anak Zahirah, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

    «Until now I have strong confidence in the Oertli phaco machine regarding the power, holding strength and anterior chamber stability. The six-piezzo phaco handpiece remains cold throughout the procedure. This machine is portable, lightweight and versatile for use in mass eye-camp cataract surgery and performs well at any site.»

    Dr. Vidyapati Mangunkusumo
    Jakarta Eye Center, Menteng, Jakarta, Indonesia

    «Wonderful machine. Excellent fluidics. Oertli CataRhex 3 never disappoints me whatsoever dense cataract it is.»

    Dr. Naveed Ahmed Qureshi
    Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

    «Very good machines. Compact, efficient and very reliable.»

    Dr. Georges Saadeh
    Haykal Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon

    «I have been using the CataRhex 3 for the past years in most of my cataract cases. I found it satisfactory and I am really happy with the effectiveness in all kinds of cataracts. Stable, reliable and effective.»

    Dr. Ayman Mdanat
    Ammon Eye Center, Amman, Jordan

    «As running three different OR teams, I need CataRhex 3 platforms, that all my teams can easily and efficiently rely on. Still what impresses me the most, is using the Oertli easyTip. Specially, in stony hard cataract cases what we handle in Upper Egypt.»

    Dr. Lotfy Girgis Abdalla Eshak
    Sohag Teaching Hospital, Sohag, Egypt

Aaron Waite - How to work with the CataRhex 3

Aaron Waite MD fondly remembers working with us when the CataRhex 3 was introduced to his eye clinic Waite Vision. He is still amazed how we managed to fit all surgical requirements into a mobile and 5 kg compact surgical device.


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Jeff Pettey - Why I use the CataRhex 3 for the most difficult cases

For the most difficult cataract cases, Jeff Pettey, MD from the Moran Eye Center relies on the incomparable power of the CataRhex 3. In his function as residency program director and in the global outreach division he really understands phacoemulsification and knows how different machines behave and why the CataRhex 3 is also used in premier eye centers.


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Small platform, great performance

The CataRhex 3 by Oertli is a consistently compact and portable surgical platform for cataract and glaucoma surgery. The whole load of Oertli’s innovative power is hidden in an impressively small housing. The perfectly precise flow control, the powerful performance and the high user-friendliness of the CataRhex 3, make it the ideal device in eye surgery – in any situation anywhere.

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SPEEP - speed and precision

The CataRhex 3 is now available with the unique pump innovation by Oertli. The SPEEP pump* offers you more efficiency and precision in your cataract surgery through its precise control of flow and vacuum. With the SPEEP pump, you are given a highly effective tool for even easier, safer and more efficient work in your daily surgical routine.

*Modulation according to the principle of the peristaltic pump

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Fluidics – perfectly used

That it is for good reason Oertli is considered the innovative leader in eye surgery when it comes to making best use of fluidics and physics, is proved by the CataRhex 3 as well. The fluidics concept works with physical laws in a consistent way and makes additional software manipulations unnecessary. Nor is the CataRhex 3 device dependable on complicated electronics and sensor systems. Thanks to the perfect flow control of the peristaltic principle, the CataRhex 3 develops incredible precision and tremendous power, with easyPhaco in phaco emulsification, and in I/A and anterior vitrectomy. The flow can be controlled at steps of 0,1ml. With the innovative SPEEP pump, the I/A vacuum can be built up instantly, and the flow can nevertheless be precisely limited. The vacuum sensor integrated into the tubing system ensures reliable monitoring.

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The multifunctional pedal

The strong multifunctional pedal of the CataRhex 3 enables reliable and precise steering and control of the system by making simple foot movements. The pedal is waterproof, requires very little space, and only weighs 2.6 kg. It can easily be moved aside with the foot and ensures fatigue-free operation.

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Precise flow control

The flow control of the peristaltic pump of the CataRhex 3 allows for perfect control and absolute precision. Vacuum build-up happens in an incredibly short time. In their finest form, flow and vacuum then become a dynamic tool allowing for incredibly fast and precise surgery in the anterior segment.

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easyPhaco technology

easyPhaco – Fluidics based on physics

The easyPhaco technology has been developed for safe and efficient phacoemulsification. Thanks to Oertli's unique fluidic concept, easyPhaco allows a direct fragment followability and provides a strong fragment holdability. The occluded fragments absorb the U/S energy and are then aspirated efficiently without clogging. The seven times higher infusion capacity allows a constant intraocular pressure for a stable anterior chamber. easyPhaco is available for incisions from 1.6 mm to 2.8 mm.

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HFDS® for modern MIGS surgery

HFDS stands for High Frequency Deep Sclerotomy. In micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), HFDS creates direct access from the anterior chamber to the Schlemm’s canal and further into the sclera. The resistance of the trabecular meshwork is thus bypassed. The HFDS glaucoma tip is inserted through 1.2 mm paracentesis and, by means of diathermy output, it creates six small sclerotomy pockets in the iridocorneal angle, ensuring improved outflow of aqueous fluid.

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Catarhex 3 from side view

Simple and safe operation

Especially in unusual situations or under pressure of time, it is essential that eye surgery can be performed simply and efficiently. That is why the surgical platform CataRhex 3 has been consistently geared to user-friendliness and does without complicated menu navigation. Entries and commands can be easily performed via pleasantly tangible keys. Each of the clearly arranged operating buttons always has the same function, which can be activated instantly by key pressure. This makes sure that – when it has to go quickly – it actually goes quickly.

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Accessories of unique quality

As all Oertli devices, the CataRhex 3 surgical platform is a closed system that does not only comprise perfectly matching instruments but also tailor-made device accessories. The optional infusion pole and the easily mountable instrument table make the CataRhex 3 a flexible surgical platform. And, the both handy and elegant carrying case ensures easy and comfortable transportation of this mobile device.

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With the CataRhex 3, everything that matches has come together. This particularly applies to the instruments, which have been perfectly integrated into the surgical system. The hand pieces of high-quality titanium are ergonomic master accomplishments that demonstrate tailor-made perfection in every respect. And, easyPhaco is a success story for itself.

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How to install the CataRhex 3

Watch the step-by-step guide to setting up the CataRhex 3 for surgery.

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