BMI Southend Hospital to offer latest advance in laser eye surgery


VICTUS platform designed to provide greater precision compared to manual cataract and refractive surgery techniques

BMI Southend Hospital has today announced that it can offer patients eye surgery for cataracts with an advanced laser system, the VICTUS femtosecond laser platform.

The versatile VICTUS platform, developed by Bausch + Lomb, is designed to provide greater precision compared to manual cataract and refractive surgery techniques.

"BMI Southend Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the UK to have acquired this new technology for cataract surgery. With the VICTUS platform, we are now able to automate some of the steps that we have commonly performed manually," said consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Rajesh Aggarwal of BMI Southend Hospital.

"While my colleagues and I have performed thousands of successful cataract surgeries, the VICTUS platform helps us to improve the procedures to give our patients the best outcomes possible."

The VICTUS platform features a sophisticated, curved patient interface with computer-monitored pressure sensors designed to provide the most comfort during the procedure.

The VICTUS platform also offers real-time, three-dimensional imaging of the eye to aid the team of consultant ophthalmic surgeons, including Rajesh Aggarwal, Sam Kasaby and Niral Karia in planning and monitoring the operation. The laser itself has a rapid pulse rate that allows the portion of cataract procedure performed on the VICTUS to be completed in just a few seconds.

"Everything about the VICTUS platform was designed to give us a greater degree of control and more real-time information during the procedure," said Kasaby, a fellow consultant ophthalmic surgeon at BMI Southend Hospital.

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"VICTUS enhances our ability to offer the latest, most-advanced surgery to our cataract patients and give them the results this community has come to expect from us."