Tuesday, March 30, 2010

American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2010 Boston Meeting to Offer Laser Cataract Surgery Information

Several Cataract Surgeons will be presenting updates on new information regarding Laser Cataract Surgery and the advances in technology being developed for All Laser Cataract Surgery. Ronald Krueger, M.D., Medical Director, Department of Refractive Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation will present Femtosecond Laser Treatment of Crystalline Lens for Presbyopia, William J. Fishkind, M.D., Director of the Fishkind, Bakewell & Maltzman Eye Care and Surgery Center in Tucson, and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah will present Alternative Fragmentation Patterns in Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery, Ramon Naranjo Tackman, M.D., Director of Corneal and Refractive Surgery, National University of Mexico, and Professor of Ophthalmology, Panamerican University School of Medicine, Mexico City will present Clinical Results from the Use of a Femtosecond Laser in Cataract Surgery and Louis D. "Skip" Nichamin, M.D., Medical Director of the Laurel Eye Clinic Center in Brookville, Pennsylvania will present Use of Femtosecond Lasers to Create Corneal Incisions. Many other presentations highlighting advances in diagnosing symptoms of Cataract, Cataract Surgery techniques and advanced technology Intraocular Lens Implants (IOL) will be featured at this year's meeting that is attended by eye surgeons from all over the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia & Japan and throughout the world.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) Implant for Cataract Surgery

Obtaining the best vision after Cataract Surgery depends on the skill of the Cataract Surgeon both before and during the Cataract operation. In the future it may require his or her skill before, during and after a Cataract procedure. Here is why. It is obvious why surgeon skill is critical during the procedure. However, taking the proper Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) measurements BEFORE the surgery is also a critical part of the successful visual correction of Cataract Surgery. Patients who have had previous eye surgery such as a Corneal Transplant or LASIK Surgery sometimes are not able to have the most reliable measurement taken and thus require a mild eyeglass prescription after surgery. In the future, a new type of Lens Implant called a Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) may prove to be quite useful to these patients. The LAL allows the Cataract Surgeon to use a laser to adjust the final prescription of the lens implant in order to achieve the best possible vision. By applying the skill of the surgeon to the LAL after the Cataract Surgery it will be possible to "fine tune" the Cataract vision correction and help patients achieve their best.

FLAC™ (Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery) May Add Precision & Predictability to Cataract Surgery & Intraocular Lens Implantation (IOL)

Cataract Surgery is already a very safe and patient friendly type of surgery. Most Cataract Surgeons are able to perform Cataract removal on an outpatient basis with a minimum of discomfort and a quick visual recovery. Yet, Cataract Surgery requires an experienced, skilled Cataract Surgeon work through many painstaking steps manually in order to get the best results. It is likely that in the near future we will see the application of the femtosecond laser to the Cataract removal process so that under surgeon control the laser will actually combine and perform a number of the manual steps so that they are exquisitely precise and predictable. For example it will be possible to create a perfect size and shape micro incision, precisely and with perfect position open the front surface of the lens exposing the cloudy material and soften the cloudy cataractous lens all in a single laser step-in just a few seconds. Thus, the use of Laser Cataract Surgery makes these steps more easily surgeon controlled, precise and reliable.