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First 3D Heads-Up Cataract Surgery Performed in Asia

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2013

Professor Clement C. Y. Tham, one of the most highly respected and innovative ophthalmological surgeons performed the first 3D “heads-up” cataract surgery in Asia using the TrueVision® 3D Surgical System. The first surgery, performed at the Hong Kong Eye Hospital, took place on December 12, 2012, and used the advanced TrueVision® 3D Visualization and Guidance platform for high-definition, real-time, stereoscopic microsurgery.

“We’re very glad to be the first center and the first hospital in Asia to use the 3D TrueVision® System for heads-up cataract surgery,” said Professor Tham, who is the S.H. Ho Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Chief of Service of Hong Kong Eye Hospital.

TrueVision® is a stereoscopic high-definition visualization system that displays the surgical field of view in real-time on a 3D flat-panel display in the operating room. It is used for refractive cataract, corneal, glaucoma, and retinal surgeries. The advanced technology is used to visualize, record, and playback microsurgery and to stream live stereoscopic video of the surgical field, making it an unparalleled teaching tool. The Refractive Cataract Toolset® is the first 3D computer-guided application for the correction of astigmatism and advanced IOL placement used to potentially improve surgical efficiencies and patient outcomes.

Prof. Tham, who performed 8 cases over the course of the day, said using the TrueVision® 3D Surgical System provided distinct advantages in visualization and ergonomics in cataract cases.

“I performed cataract surgeries by looking at the TrueVision 3D display without being tethered to the optical eyepiece of the microscope,” said Professor Tham. “One advantage is that I could operate in a much more relaxed posture. This benefit may be even more obvious during more prolonged surgical procedures.”

“Advanced technology like this allows our eye surgeons to deliver high quality and very safe procedures for our patients,” continued Professor Tham. “The greatest potential strength of the TrueVision system lies in the new 3D computer-guided applications for primary incision optimization, toric lens alignment and limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs).”

About The Chinese University of Hong Kong Eye Centre (CUHKEC)
The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 1994. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Eye Centre (CUHKEC) is the clinical arm of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences ( The CUHKEC is a major regional ophthalmic research centre, accredited by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of the People’s Republic of China. The CUHKEC also provides comprehensive and world-class subspecialty-based clinical ophthalmic services.

About Professor Clement C. Y. Tham
Clement C.Y. Tham is the S.H. Ho Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Honorary Chief-of-Service of Hong Kong Eye Hospital. Prof. Tham is the Ophthalmology Editor of Hong Kong Medical Journal and previously the Editor-in-Chief of Hong Kong Journal of Ophthalmology.

The primary academic interest of Prof. Tham lies in angle closure glaucoma, and the laser and surgical treatments of glaucoma. Prof. Tham has over 90 peer-reviewed and indexed publications on glaucoma and delivered over 80 invited lectures. He was Instructor in over 40 instruction courses at major international ophthalmology conferences and authored 17 book chapters on the management of glaucoma. He has presented over 150 papers in major scientific conferences and has held over 10 major research grants.

Prof. Tham is the Secretary-General of Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), and is also the Chair of the APAO Congress Committee. He is Chair of the Scientific Program Committees of the 27th APAO Congress 2012 in South Korea, the Inaugural Congress of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society 2012 in Indonesia, and the 28th APAO Congress 2013 in India.

For his work in the prevention of blindness, Prof. Tham was awarded the inaugural Nakajima Award by the APAO in 2005. In the same year, Prof. Tham was one of the awardees of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong. Prof. Tham received the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2008, the APAO Achievement Award in 2010, the APAO Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award in 2011, and the APAO Distinguished Service Award in 2013. At the 28th APAO Congress 2013 Hyderabad, Prof. Tham presented the Holmes Lecture, which is the highest award for contributions to prevention of blindness in the Asia-Pacific region. Prof. Tham has also received numerous other awards in recognition of his contributions to research and teaching in the field of glaucoma.

About TrueVision® 3D Surgical
TrueVision® 3D Surgical is the world leader in 3D visualization and guidance for microsurgery. Santa Barbara, Calif.,-based TrueVision® combines 3D visualization and guidance software focused on improving accuracy, efficiency, and outcomes for both surgeons and patients. The Refractive Cataract Toolset® is the first guidance application released by the company. Visit for more information.

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TrueVision 3D Surgical, Inc.

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