Smithtown, New York (PRWEB) December 26, 2013
Ophthalmic surgeons at North Shore Eye Care 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, according to eye surgeon Jeffrey Martin, MD, Medical Director of North Shore Eye Care, who is scheduled to perform the first official Catalys laser cataract procedure on Long Island.
Femtosecond laser cataract surgery using the Catalys Precision Laser System offers a reproducible, noninvasive technique to replace the least predictable - and most technically demanding - steps for surgeons during conventional cataract procedures. “Our Catalys laser procedure is a truly a technological breakthrough in precision, accuracy and safety for today’s cataract patients,” Dr. Martin said. 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.
The Catalys combines a state-of-the-art femtosecond laser, advanced 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging, sophisticated software and a host of other unique features that allow the surgeons of North Shore Eye Care to provide patients a gentle, highly customized cataract surgery with unprecedented precision and accuracy.
“This femtosecond laser technology allows us to take an already safe procedure and make it even better by adding a new level of precision and predictability that is simply not possible with traditional manual cataract surgery,” said Dr. Martin. “It is also helping us take advanced cataract surgery from an art form to a truly digital science.” In addition, the Catalys laser’s advanced technology makes break-up and removal of the cataract easier and gentler on the patient.
Dr. Martin and his medical staff are among the top 10% surgeons in the world to offer patients the safety, precision and accuracy of the Catalys Laser System. North Shore Eye Care is the first practice in Suffolk County and the second practice on Long Island to give patients access to this advanced laser technology.
The Catalys 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.
“The national outcomes have been excellent with patients achieving early visual recovery,” reports Dr Martin. “The laser procedure is surgeon-directed, computer controlled and allows for added precision during surgery. This means our patients can 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 Catalys 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. Martin.
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.
According to Dr. Martin, 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. “The Catalys Laser is a perfect match with the state-of-the-art Lifestyle Lens Implant that helps reduce or eliminate dependency on prescriptive eyewear following cataract surgery.
The Cataralys Precision Laser System allows North Shore Eye Care surgeons to perform cataract surgery with accuracy up to 10 times greater than is possible with a manual cataract procedure. The reproducibility and accuracy of the Catalys enhances the positioning of the artificial replacement lens.
North Shore Eye Care is Long Island’s most established full-service comprehensive eye care provider. This year they are celebrating 50 years of eye care excellence since Dr. Sidney Martin founded the practice in 1962. North Shore Eye Care is also the Official Eye Care Provider for the New York Islanders and the Official LASIK Provider of the New York Mets. Several of their doctors have been voted ‘TOP DOCTORS’ in the New York Metro Area by Castle Connolly and North Shore Eye Care has earned ‘Best Of Long Island’ honors for the past few years.
North Shore Eye Care maintains offices in Smithtown, Riverhead, Holbrook, Deer Park, Southampton and Southold. They specialize in cataract care, LASIK laser vision correction, glaucoma management, diabetic eye disease, oculoplastics and retinal care. For more information about North Shore Eye Care, please contact Jacqueline Hernandez at 631-265-8780.