Georgia Eye Institute Revolutionizing Cataract Surgery
With Introduction of First Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery in the Greater Savannah Area
SAVANNAH, GA: February 17, 2013 –Ophthalmic surgeons at Georgia Eye Institute are now able to offer patients an all-laser, blade-free method of cataract surgery that is revolutionizing one of the most common procedures performed in medicine today.
Femtosecond laser cataract surgery using the LenSx Laser System offers a reproducible, noninvasive technique to replace the least predictable – and most technically demanding – steps for surgeons during conventional cataract procedures. Cataract removal and lens implantation is one of the most common – and successful medical procedures performed today. Each year, more than two million people in the United States have their vision restored through cataract surgery.
In addition, the laser’s advanced technology makes break-up and removal of the cataract easier and gentler on the patient.
The surgeons of Georgia Eye Institute are among the top 10% surgeons in the United States to offer patients the safety, precision and accuracy of the laser assisted cataract surgery. Georgia Eye Institute is the first practice in the greater Savannah area to give patients access to this advanced laser technology.
Laser assisted cataract surgery makes laser correction of astigmatism now possible with more precise and predictable laser-guided application. In the post-operative recovery period following laser cataract surgery, there is less incidence of swelling and inflammation than with traditional cataract surgery.
According to the latest information from Alcon, Inc. – who manufactures and distributes LenSx lasers – national outcomes continue to be very promising with patients achieving early visual recovery and consistent results. The LenSx laser procedure is surgeon-directed, computer controlled and allows for added precision during surgery. This allows most patients to return to their normal activities sooner.
Each human eye varies according to size, depth, curvature of the cornea and other essential factors. In preparation for cataract surgery, every eye is carefully measured and mapped. The laser uses a combination of highly advanced technologies to capture extremely precise, high-resolution digital images of the eye. “These real-time images, plus the measurements and data they provide, are then used to plan and perform a surgery to customized specifications that were previously unachievable,” notes Dr. Reeves of the Georgia Eye Institute.
Cataract development is simply part of the natural aging process and is quite common in everyone over age 50. Cataracts occur when the natural clear lens of the eye becomes progressively cloudy, causing colors to become less vibrant normal vision to become blurred. The only method to treat a cataract is through surgical removal of the body’s natural lens and implanting an artificial lens.
Cataract surgery has evolved over the years from a procedure with less than certain outcomes, to an advanced no-patch, no-shot, no-stitch, 10-minute procedure with a swift recovery time.
Georgia Eye Institute is one of the region’s most established full-service comprehensive eye care provider. We offer patients convenient access at any one of our 13-area locations and can be reached at 912-354-4800.