Gailey Eye Clinic Brings Laser Cataract Surgery to Bloomington: Bladeless, Computer-guided Laser Replaces the Traditional Hand-held Blade Surgery

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Gailey Eye Clinic recently purchased the innovative LenSx® Laser to offer patients computer-guided accuracy during cataract surgery. Gailey surgeons will begin performing laser cataract surgery on patients this June.

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“The LenSx® Laser is an advanced option for Premium Vision cataract patients that will enable our surgeons to provide unmatched precision and accuracy throughout every step of cataract surgery,” Tom Restivo, Administrator at Gailey Eye Clinic.

Gailey Eye Clinic recently purchased the innovative LenSx® Laser to offer patients computer-guided accuracy during cataract surgery. The LenSx laser is housed at Gailey’s very own surgery center, Bloomington Eye Institute, in Bloomington. Gailey surgeons will begin performing laser cataract surgery on patients this June.

“The LenSx® Laser is an advanced option for Premium Vision cataract patients that will enable our surgeons to provide unmatched precision and accuracy throughout every step of cataract surgery,” states Tom Restivo, Administrator at Gailey Eye Clinic. "The laser provides superior surgical outcomes by using image guided technology to perform precise incisions that would normally be made with a steel or diamond blade. We’re excited to offer this technology to our patients and we’re confident the results will live up to their expectations.”

LenSx utilizes a femtosecond laser, which has been used to perform LASIK surgery since FDA approval in 2001, and offers an alternative to the mechanical cuts used in traditional LASIK. This technology brings both safety and precision to the surgeon and the patient. This same innovation used for all-laser LASIK is now revolutionizing cataract surgery.

The three key patient benefits of the bladeless laser cataract surgery versus traditional manual cataract surgery are:

1) The laser provides a more precise circular incision around the cataract, improves the accuracy during placement of the intraocular lens implant, and leads to a greater likelihood of clearer vision. The main corneal incision is created through multiple planes to prevent potential wound leakage. A real-time computerized laser imaging system guides the laser beam to the correct target during the surgery.

2) The laser pre-softens the cataract, allowing surgeons to minimize the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract lens. Decreased usage of ultrasound energy reduces the chances of thermal injury to tissues inside the eye, which lessens recovery time.

3) Astigmatism correction can be done on the same setting with cataract surgery using this laser as opposed to a manual incision. Astigmatism requires patients to wear glasses after cataract surgery. Correcting this at the time of cataract surgery lessens the needs for glasses subsequently.

About Gailey Eye Clinic

Gailey Eye Clinic, headquartered in Bloomington, IL, is a comprehensive eye care practice, providing the following services and specialties: vision care, optical service, treatment of glaucoma, cosmetic services and surgery, macular and retina care, cataract surgery, cornea care and transplantation, and Laser Vision Correction. Gailey currently maintains 16 clinic locations and 2 ambulatory surgery centers located throughout central Illinois, including: Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Peoria, Peru, Springfield, Forsyth, Pontiac, Danville, Galesburg, Gibson City, Ottawa, Canton, Watseka and Pekin

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