Advanced Laser Offers Bladeless Surgery for Cataract Patients at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

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Advocate Illinois Masonic Vision Correction Center among first in Midwest to offer cataract treatment that is safer, more precise than bladed surgery.

With this new technology, we can be even more precise during surgery, which means even less surrounding tissue damage for the patient.

The Vision Correction Center at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is among the first in the Midwest and one of a few sites in Chicago to offer bladeless surgery for cataracts with the newly developed LenSx laser from Alcon.

This new laser system, FDA approved last year, was recently installed at the Vision Correction Center. The system offers patients even more safety and individualization in their treatment to remove cataracts, said Osvaldo I. Lopez, chair of the hospital’s Department of Ophthalmology and medical director of the Vision Correction Center.

“With this new technology, we can be even more precise during surgery, which means even less surrounding tissue damage for the patient,” Lopez said. “That means faster healing times, less swelling and a lower risk of complications.”

The bladeless system is the most accurate system available for cataract surgery, as its preprogrammed for each individual’s eye, he said. And the new procedure takes only seconds to perform.

According to Lopez, the new LenSx laser, offered at only a relative handful of vision correction centers nationwide, is the best option for premium lens cataract surgery. The laser opens the lens and breaks up the cataract more exactly than ever before, increasing the probability that patients will not need eyeglasses when combined with a premium lens implantation.

“Our physicians and technicians have undergone extensive training on the new system,” Lopez said. “With the addition of this new laser system, we’ve got one of the most advanced options for vision correction in the country.”

To schedule a consultation, please log onto or call 800.3.ADVOCATE (800.323.8622).

About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010 and 2011 by Thomson Reuters, as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010. The medical center also was named a Top Performer in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index, as well as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review for 2010. In 2008, the hospital achieved Magnet designation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit

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