Katalyst Surgical

Ophthalmic Instrument Buyers Guide...


We know the vast array of challenges ophthalmic professionals face each day when purchasing new instruments and equipment. Our goal is to offer all the help we can in choosing the right ophthalmic instruments for your practice. Opening your own practice? Looking for replacement ophthalmic instruments and supplies? Katalyst Surgical wants to offer you the best buying experience possible.

Don't forget to visit the Ophthalmology Innovation Network (OIN) for updated information and articles regarding the eye care industry.


Consumable Ophthalmic Instruments...

Investing in ophthalmic instruments can be very stressful and time consuming. When you finally do find that right instrument, many do not think about the maintenance of it. We at Katalyst Surgical find it imperative to properly protect and maintain your ophthalmic instruments. From maintenance to instrument repair, Katalyst Surgical has developed three programs to help ensure that your instruments last and performs throughout each procedure. The Lifetime Repairs Program, Unlimited Lifetime Replacement Program (ULR), & Repair Improvement Program (RIP) are three initiatives we at Katalyst Surgical have taken to ensure you receive the full value of each instrument. Please visit our ophthalmic instrument repair page for additional information.

Buying ophthalmic instruments for your practice is an investment. Like any other investment in goods, those goods need to be maintained. If properly maintained, your ophthalmic instruments will last longer and ultimately, cost you less. By treating your ophthalmic instruments like your luxury car, you’ll make your practice more profitable and efficient. Below are some tips from Katalystsurgical.com on how to maintain your surgical tools:
Keep clear and cogent records of your ophthalmic instruments. To best utilize your budget, a quality instrument tracking system should be in place. Quality statistics and history behind each tool is very important when receiving the full value of your purchase. By developing these profiles or history behind each instrument, your staff and practice will never be plagued with any downtown as your records will keep you up to date when to re-order, sharpen, etc.
Another tip is to keep spare ophthalmic instruments on hand. Having a dedicated ophthalmic instrument closet is a smart idea if affordable. Many practices throughout the world, keep new replacement instruments on hand so that their practice has no down time.


Titanium Vs. Stainless Steel...

Surgical instruments have been made from stainless steel for centuries. In the 1960's the aerospace industry saw growth in the use of titanium. At that time, surgical companies began to researching the advantages of using Titanium instead of stainless steel. Katalyst Surgical has always taken the extra steps to assure their customers use a premium product that will last. Titanium has proved to be very well suited to the requirements for surgical instrumentation, offering advantages such as no oxidation, non-magnetic, lightweight and yet extremely durable. Titanium metal requires new techniques in manufacturing and Katalyst Surgical has perfected working with titanium as it is very different from manufacturing in steel. Katalyst Surgical has produced some of the finest most precise medical instruments and today is known as one of the leaders in titanium ophthalmic surgical instruments.

The natural look of titanium is grey in color. But Katalyst Surgical has developed a metal anodizing process that does not require dyes or paints. The anodizing process consists of the product being submerged in an electrolytic solution and electricity is applied. This current affects the titanium at the molecular level which in turn changes the way light reflects back and gives a specific color. Katalyst Surgical has most commonly used a blue color as it helps the glare from microscope lights.

Benefits of Titanium to Ophthalmic Surgeons

The lightness of Titanium metals is a positive aid to reducing fatigue of the surgeon.
Having anodized instruments provide a non-reflective surgical instrument. This is essential in microsurgical operations.
Titanium instruments can withstand repeat sterilization without compromising the quality or precision of the instrument. The material is corrosion resistant and very strong.
Titanium is non-magnetic. Therefore does not cause a reaction with other steel instruments or equipment.


Disposable Vs. Reusable...

As most of ophthalmic professionals know, there is a huge market for disposable ophthalmic instruments. Disposable instruments are used once during a procedure or check up and then discarded to minimize contamination. These products are usually made of a lesser material and not intended to be re-used. Katalyst Surgical has developed the Gemcision™ Sapphire Blade and iQ™ MICS instrument lines, which are fully reusable, but not repairable. These instruments can be used several times, and are replaced when worn out. They are a very cost effective alternative to both expensive reusable and disposable instruments. We believe that the quality and performance of our instruments has surpassed our competitors and have doctors throughout the world coming back to the Katalyst brand. An instrument built to last and perform at an affordable price will be most cost effective to your practice that is running through boxes of disposable instruments.


Surgeon Push-Back...

Surgeons throughout the world want the latest technology and hospitals want to attract the greatest surgeons. Keeping these two elements in check can be a balancing act. Knowing how to balance the surgeon's desires with the practice or hospitals budget can be very important. One of the easiest and most widely used practices to adhere to this element can be summed up in one word, compare. Katalyst Surgical has developed an in depth cross-reference system to assist our customers in their purchase. Our cross reference numbers are located on every ophthalmic instrument page and also throughout our catalog Other venders in the industry have no cross-reference capabilities and cannot help doctors find their same instruments under a different brand. Katalyst Surgical is able to cross-reference our instruments with the brands that you previously used or prefer. Our staff at Katalyst surgical will assist you on selecting and purchasing your next instrument. Our staff members will help you do cost comparison quickly, effectively, and in an organized fashion.


Technology Advances...

As technology and the OIN continue to facilitate advancement in our industry, doctors and eye care professionals are kept on their toes. Manufactures and surgical instrument designers such as Katalyst Surgical have improved manufacturing processes over the past couple of years. In addition to the manufacturing processes, many minimally invasive surgical instruments can be disassembled or cleaned in an easier fashion. The improved cleaning techniques have led to a cost reduction in repairs needed. Resposible instruments are an example of how technology has changed the overall cost of a given instrument.


Warranty & Guarantees...

When buying ophthalmic instruments it is very important to have a sense of security with your purchase. Many companies in the Eye care industry have very vague or unclear Warranty & Guarantees. We at Katalyst Surgical have developed a clear in depth Warranty & Guarantee program. Because customer satisfaction is our most important initiative, our warranty & guarantee program allows for doctors and practices to gain the trust for our products. When purchasing ophthalmic instruments, a guarantee can surely effect the purchasing decision. If you would like additional information about our program please visit the arranty and Guarantees section of our site.