Patients who suffer from cataracts will now have new technology to help restore their vision without the use of a surgical blade.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Patients who suffer from cataracts will now have new technology to help restore their vision without the use of a surgical blade.
Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens, making it cloudy, and negatively impacting the vision of the patient.
This new system, the LenSx Femtosecond, is a image-guided surgical laser which will allow surgeons to precisely break up the protein buildup and remove the clouded lens. This process was done manually before.
After the lens is removed, surgeons use another new technology, the ORA System, to take precise measurements of the eye, enabling them to select and implant the correct replacement lens right away. Patients used to wait weeks before doctors could determine vision results.
"We are very pleased to offer this breakthrough new
technology to our patients at NHRMC," said ophthalmologist Alan Brown,
MD. "The inside of the eye is fragile. This laser technology is gentler
on the eye, which can reduce recovery time for the patients, and allows us to
offer more precise treatment."
The new laser-enabled technique takes less time and creates less pain during surgery. Other patient benefits include more precise and refined visual outcomes, increased safety, astigmatism correction, and customized treatment tailored specifically to each patient's eye.
"Most bladeless cataract and lens implant patients are
amazed at their results," said Katherine Ochsner, MD, ophthalmologist at New
Hanover Regional Medical Center. "One of the most striking results to my
patients is that they didn't realize that they weren't seeing colors very well
prior to surgery. Shortly after the laser surgery, many of them say they
feel like they are seeing things for the first time in years."
The following ophthalmologists currently perform laser
cataract surgery at NHRMC: