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Computer Guided Laser Cataract Surgery Offers Patients Unprecedented Precision

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Apr 5, 2013 - 9:51:02 AM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - SAN DIEGO, Calif.  - Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center announces the arrival of the world's most sophisticated laser cataract surgery system in Southern California - the Catalys® Precision Laser System.  In the U.S., approximately 3 million cataract surgeries are performed each year with a 98% success rate, while a record number 19 million cataract surgeries are conducted worldwide. As the baby boomer generation finds itself with cataracts and loss of reading vision, an upward trend in the decision to opt for cataract or lens replacement surgery is increasing each day.

The Catalys® Precision Laser System combines a state-of-the art laser, imaging, sophisticated software and a host of other unique features. Baby boomers are a highly informed and tech savvy group and desire all the advances in medicine that technology can bring. While all laser, bladeless LASIK has been available for many years as an option for patients to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses, the same revolution is now spreading to cataract and lens implant surgery.

Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of Clearview Eye & Laser Medical Center says, "This breakthrough with cataract surgery enables surgeons to provide patients with a gentle and highly customized procedure. It takes an already safe and effective procedure that clears cloudy vision caused by cataracts in the eyes, and makes it much more precise, less risky, and reduces the need for glasses."  The Catalys® Precision Laser System uses advanced 3D imaging technology to create a custom treatment plan and unique 3D image of an individual patient's eye.  The laser then creates incisions including those for astigmatism correction if needed.  Next, the surgeon creates a circular opening in the thin capsule of the lens that is ten times better than that achieved by the surgeon's manual opening techniques. This step is critical to proper lens implant positioning.

Instead of using an ultrasound probe to "chop" the cloudy lens into small pieces, the femtosecond laser guided by computer control after 3D imaging is used to gently break up the lens with unparalleled ease.  This low energy approach is gentler on the delicate eye.

According to Dr. Feldman, "Patients choosing to undergo laser cataract surgery have many choices.   This latest medical advancement provides them with a highly customized procedure utilizing 3D imaging, a treatment with little or no discomfort, gentler and easier cataract removal, and the opportunity to receive tailored treatment and enjoy the benefits of new implants, which reduces the need for glasses or contact lenses after cataract surgery."  Dr. Feldman continued, "I enjoy giving my patients the option to choose not just cataract surgery with a more rapid recovery, but the option of visual freedom."

As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Feldman has participated in the FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK.  Currently, she is involved in the studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which the eye becomes misshapen and fitting of contact lenses can become challenging.  In 2009, Dr. Feldman was one of ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen in Forbes Magazine.  In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf Award, and in 2011, she was listed as a Top Doc San Diego. Additionally, Dr. Feldman was inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Clearview Eye and Laser Medical Center

6255 Lusk Blvd., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121

818.452.3937

www.clearvieweyes.com

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