Cataract Outsourcing & Resource Blog

The B&L Stellaris Elite

Cataract Tech Highlight Today, we’d like to highlight the latest Phaco platform on the market, the Bausch & Lomb Stellaris Elite Vision Enhancement System. We’ll highlight some of the exciting features introduced with this system and how they might benefit your surgical process. Before we get into the details, maybe you are reading and already […]

Your Personal Cataract Concierge

Chances are that if you are reading this post, you know that Cataract Surgery is a delicate and complicated surgical procedure. Despite the surgery’s high success rate and seemingly “routine feel” in comparison to other medical specialties, Cataract surgery has very fine margins that if off by millimeters could cause negative post-surgical outcomes. Surgical Direct […]

Mobile YAG & SLT Lasers

The efficiency of surgical procedures in today’s Ophthalmic landscape is an always-increasing priority for surgeons and facilities alike. For most Ophthalmologists, time is very valuable, and we understand the need to increase surgical efficiency as much as possible without decreasing patient care and optimal outcomes. Our goal at Surgical Direct Inc has always been to […]

Cataract Equipment Failure

Preparing for Cataract Equipement Failure

Cataract Equipment failure can be a big source of frustration in your OR on surgery day, bringing the potential for surgery cancellations, revenue loss, and unhappy patients and surgeons. Phaco Machines, Phaco Handpieces, Microscopes, and Instruments all play vital roles in surgery and all have the potential for failure. Honestly, it’s inevitable that your OR […]

What is Your Vision?

Partnering with Surgical Direct Inc provides your OR with the industry’s best cataract outsourcing service available, and behind the scenes, our Practice Growth Team works on your behalf to learn what your vision is for your practice, and we help you with a map to get there successfully.  We replace the obstacles with a growth-centric […]

3 Vital Components for a Smooth Eye Day

Here at Surgical Direct, we’ve been supporting OR facilities and Ophthalmologists achieve smoother (more efficient) surgery days for nearly 20 years. We’ve picked up a few methods, routines, and systems along the way that can help refine the operations of a cataract surgery day, to be as smooth as possible. Of course, every facility will […]

How much are cataracts really costing you?

When purchasing cataract equipment (phaco machines and ophthalmic microscopes), not only do you have to take into consideration the initial cost but also the long-term expense it will take to keep your equipment maintained and surgery-ready. On top of that, cataract costs can go even deeper into your profit margins when managing your own inventory […]

Why a Cataract Outsourcing Partnership makes sense in 2019

Welcome to 2019! The 2019 National Cataract Reimbursement rates were just released. ASC reimbursements slightly dropped from 2018 and Hospital reimbursements remained the same. There is has never been a better time to try mobile cataract services. A cataract outsourcing partnership with Surgical Direct raises your efficiency and profitability when it comes to cataracts. Efficiency […]

The Growing Need for Cataract Instruments

The Situation with Sterilization. Surgical procedures, in general, require a lot of instrumentation to be sterilized in preparation for surgery. Like all specialties in surgery, Ophthalmology requires very specific instrumentation. When we are talking about ‘cataract instruments’, we are talking about the ophthalmic instruments (cataract tray), the phaco handpiece, and IOL insertion devices. One notable […]

Ophthalmic Microscope

Are you using the right Ophthalmic Microscope?

Technology does make a difference. Today’s Ophthalmic market offers outstanding options in regards to microscopes. Just like the phaco market, Microscopes have adapted new advanced technologies in the last 10 years that far outweigh the years before. We’ve encountered many different personality types in our surgeons. Some prefer to use what’s comfortable to them, regardless […]

Upgrading Cataract Technology Improves Safety & Efficiency

From a physician’s point of view, the safety of their patients during cataract surgery is of utmost importance. No surgeon wants to put their patient at risk during an operation. No surgeon wants anything less than the best outcomes in their patient’s vision. What if I told you that using old equipment puts your patients […]

5 Headaches Eliminated with Mobile Cataract Services

As with every surgical procedure, Cataract Surgery comes with a fair share of preparation, work, and readiness in order to have a smooth day with good outcomes. Whether you use Mobile Cataract Services or not, preparation is essential for a smooth “eye day”. Pre-operatively, there are supplies to be ordered and pulled, lenses to be […]

Upgrade from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion

Why upgrade from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion?

In 2013, Alcon introduced the Centurion Vision System to the North American Market. Alcon for decades has been an industry leader in cataract surgical technology, leading the charge in innovative surgical platforms such as the Legacy, Infiniti, and now the Centurion. With decades of experience in cataract surgery at Surgical Direct, we have never seen […]

Why Cataract Outsourcing makes sense.

Let’s say your hospital or ASC has come to a point where you have realized that acquiring new cataract equipment is inevitable. Your current equipment is old and outdated, repairs and maintenance costs are becoming more frequent, and your surgeon is starting to request the latest technology on the market.  You will likely be met with 2 options […]

Medical Reconnaissance Mission to Thailand

At Surgical Direct, our reach into medical missions continues to grow. Partnering with Hands of Hope ministries (HOH), our Mission’s director, Chris Thele, traveled to Pattaya Thailand earlier this year on a reconnaissance mission in hopes to open doors for future medical opportunities in Thailand. Chris, along with the HOH team, met with the international relations director […]

Benefits of Phaco Outsourcing

Kevin Francis, President and founder of Surgical Direct Inc, recently published an article in Ophthalmology Business Magazine on the benefits of phaco outsourcing (or other Ophthalmic equipment needs) as opposed to purchasing. With Ophthalmic technology rapidly progressing, and that technology rapidly increasing in price, Kevin shows how outsourcing your equipment with the right company saves you large […]

Meet Dr Matthew Thompson & Friends of Haiti

Meet Dr Matthew Thompson. Surgical Direct provided cataract equipment services for Dr Thompson and his practice in central Illinois up until his move to Wisconsin, over 5 years ago. Just recently, we reconnected with Dr Thompson and wanted to spread the word about his medical missions work and how we can help Dr Thompson in […]

Surgical Direct Supports Eye Surgeon’s Mission Trips in Africa

Hundreds of people in Africa in need of cataract surgery have benefited from free procedures provided by Dr. Ukeme Umana, who is originally from Nigeria but practices in southern Illinois. Surgical Direct has donated phaco equipment and supplies for his trips, and two of our technicians have traveled with him to assist with procedures. Dr. Umana’s trips are organized […]

Surgical Direct now offers LenSx and Allegretto Wave Lasers

Surgical Direct Announces New Open-Access Cataract and LASIK Suite in St. Louis. LenSx® and Allegretto Wave® Lasers are now available to surgeons on an as-needed basis at our new Surgical Direct Complete Cataract and LASIK Suite. Access to the suite allows surgeons to offer laser surgery to patients without investing in expensive state-of-the-art equipment. The Surgical […]

Cataract Surgery Saves Lives

We found an interesting article on sharecare.com about the benefits of having cataract surgery. Little did we know that our business not only helps people greatly improve their quality of life, but that we may actually be helping extend those patient’s lives. Anyway, we thought it was an interesting read and we wanted to share it […]

Alcon Launches LuxOR™ Surgical Ophthalmic Microscope

The LuxOR™ expands Alcon’s ophthalmic surgical portfolio to provide a comprehensive solution for ophthalmic procedures. One of the key functions of a microscope is to provide the surgeon excellent visualization. Visualization is greatly facilitated by red reflex, which is achieved when coaxial light is reflected off the retina. Alcon’s LuxOR™ Surgical Ophthalmic Microscope has a […]

Centurion Phaco Released by Alcon

Alcon has released the CENTURION® Vision System — a new phacoemulsification (phaco) technology platform designed to provide surgeons improved capabilities in cataract removal. The CENTURION® automatically and continuously adapts to changing conditions within the eye, provides greater anterior chamber stability during each step of the procedure, and places an “optimized energy technology” at the surgeon’s […]