Eye Care Technology Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton, Sun City, Florida

The doctors at The Eye Associates feel strongly about always having the most advanced equipment with the latest technology. If they feel that a new technology can increase the success and safety of a procedure, you can be assured that it will be a part of our practice.

If you would like to learn more about the latest technologies at The Eye Associates and how they may benefit you, please contact The Eye Associates today.

LenSx® Bladeless Laser for Cataract Surgery

The Eye Associates is pleased to offer Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with Alcon’s LenSx® laser. Physicians now have a chance to implement advanced imaging systems that can provide both real-time video as well as three-dimensional visualization, giving them the tools to custom design a treatment plan specifically for each individual patient. Additionally, the surgeon is allowed to monitor and make adjustments as needed during the procedure. The LenSx® Laser’s advanced imaging system also provides surgeons with a series of 3-dimensional, cross-sectional images of all of the parts of the eye related to cataract surgery, enabling them to program the femtosecond laser to make incisions that are pre-determined in size and location, thus adding a new level of accuracy to the performance of cataract surgery. By offering different fragmentation patterns, the laser is versatile in its treatment of specific lens densities, and may reduce the overall ultrasound energy requirements necessary for cataract removal. This feature contributes to a more gentle, less invasive surgical experience.

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Crystalens® IOL

The Crystalens® is one of the high tech lenses that the doctors at The Eye Associates offer to cataract surgery patients wanting to reduce their dependence on glasses. It is the first and only FDA approved accommodating intraocular lens engineered to mimic the eye's natural process of accommodation. While the other IOLs are fixed and stationary within the eye, the Crystalens® automatically moves back and forth as you constantly change focus distances from near to far to intermediate. Also, this new lens has been shown to improve reading ability and overall vision, without loss of contrast sensitivity, as compared to previous generations of lenses.

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The ReSTOR® is another high tech lens offered at The Eye Associates. It has been uniquely designed to improve vision at all distances – near, far and everything in between – giving cataract patients a good chance of reducing their dependence on glasses. It uses a breakthrough apodized diffractive lens technology similar to the technology used in telescopes and microscopes. This helps create a smooth transition of light between the distance, intermediate, and near focal points.

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TECNIS® IOL for Improved Driving Vision

Studies show that people that have had cataract surgery have 50 percent fewer car accidents compared to those who have not had the surgery. At The Eye Associates, we take it a step further to add even more safety to driving by offering all of our cataract surgery patients the choice of the TECNIS® IOL - the only IOL proven to provide more driver reaction time after cataract surgery. Compared to traditional IOLs, only the TECNIS® is proven to improve vision in all light conditions - including night driving. In fact, TECNIS® improved identification distance by up to 45 feet at 55 MPH in a nighttime driving study - a meaningful safety benefit to most older drivers. This is a great choice for people that don’t mind wearing glasses and drive at night.

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The TRULIGN Toric intraocular lens is the first toric IOL that corrects for astigmatism and, unlike other standard toric lenses, has the additional capacity to deliver improved vision across a natural range of focus. TRULIGN Toric is an intraocular lens (IOL) that replaces the eye’s natural lens after cataracts have been removed. Unlike a standard toric IOL, it is designed to both correct your cataracts and give you back a broader range of vision. In many cases, TRULIGN Toric IOL is designed to reduce your dependence on glasses after cataract surgery. To find out if you’re a TRULIGN Toric IOL candidate, your doctor will perform a thorough exam. Custom-selected for your degree of astigmatism, TRULIGN Toric IOL may be the ideal choice to improve your vision. .

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Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a new class of diagnostic medical imaging technology used at The Eye Associates that utilizes advanced photonics and fiber optics to obtain images and tissue characterization on a scale never before possible within the human body. When fully exploited, doctors feel that this technology has the potential to dramatically change the way physicians, researchers and scientists see and understand the human body in order to better diagnose and treat disease. We use the OCT during our comprehensive eye exams.

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LUCENTIS® is an FDA-approved anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) medicine that has been shown to slow vision loss and even sometimes restore a degree of the lost vision in “wet” macular degeneration patients. These drugs work by blocking an essential signal that causes abnormal blood vessels to grow and leak. In a clinical study of patients receiving treatment with LUCENTIS® on a monthly basis, 70 percent of patients could see at least one more letter on the eye chart, and up to 40 percent of patients achieved vision of 20/40 or better. Other FDA-approved anti-VEGF medicines are AVASTIN®, and Macugen.

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Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Patients with open-angle glaucoma can relieve intraocular pressure (IOP) and likely halt the progression of the disease with an excellent technology called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty or SLT for short. It is a fast, effective, and painless advancement in the treatment of chronic open angle glaucoma. It can reduce the need and expense of eye drop medication that glaucoma patients usually need. The Eye Associates is proud to have been the first practice in Manatee County to offer this advanced treatment to our glaucoma patients.

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Visx® Technology for CustomVue™ Vision Correction

VISX® remains the industry leader in quality and innovation, and the VISX® Star 4 Laser that we use at The Eye Associates adds a new level of diagnostic information to ensure superior surgical outcomes for custom LASIK procedures. Our in-house laser center in Sarasota controls temperature and humidity; key elements important to good surgical results. In addition, our skilled technicians adhere to strict sterile requirements and are uniquely and exclusively dedicated to eye procedures.

The VISX® Star 4 laser has the following unique safety features:

  • ActiveTrak™ 3D Eye-Tracking
  • VISX® Iris Registration™
  • VISX® Custom Vue WaveScan™
  • VISX® Exclusive SmartBeam™

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Orbscan II

The Orbscan II® is the most highly sophisticated corneal topographer on the market. Every LASIK evaluation must include corneal topography, which is a high resolution analysis of the cornea. Most corneal topography units in use today analyze the front surface of the cornea only. The Orbscan II® used at The Eye Associates analyzes both the front and back surfaces of the cornea as well as determining the corneal thickness. This additional information can be crucial in determining whether a patient can have LASIK surgery performed on them safely. Experienced LASIK surgeons would refuse to perform LASIK without an Orbscan II® as part of the pre-operative evaluation.

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Procyon P2000SA Dynamic Pupillometer

At The Eye Associates, we use the Procyon P2000SA Dynamic Pupillometer, which is clearly the most accurate method available. The Procyon measures the pupils binocularly, ridding the potential error of the other eye. Also, 10 measurements are taken within seconds thereby giving the surgeon a mean, a range, and a standard deviation. Additionally, three different light settings are used to measure pupils according to the lighting conditions whether it be daylight, dim, or absolutely dark. So you see, how your LASIK surgeon measures your pupils can very much affect your vision, especially the amount of glare after LASIK.

If you would like to speak with our staff about any of these technologies, and what they can do for you, please contact our office today for a appointment.

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Laser Therapy

The LASER, an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, is a wonderful development for treatment of many eye conditions. In some cases, the laser helps prevent further loss of sight while in other situations, normal vision may be enhanced or actually restored. Lasers allow the surgeon a high degree of precision, and often have advantages to the patient that non-laser surgery may not offer. Some of these advantages include lower cost, minimal or no pain, faster recovery and the convenience of a briefer, outpatient visit. Additionally, because lasers eliminate the need to make a physical incision, the risk of infection is greatly reduced. While laser surgery offers all these advantages, it's important to note that its success depends on the type of eye condition being treated. Today, our doctors at The Eye Associates use lasers to routinely treat diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal conditions, and glaucoma, including the new SLT laser treatment. They are also effective for clearing a cloudy capsule following cataract surgery and for performing today's popular refractive surgery procedures such as LASIK and PRK.

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West Bradenton:
Office, Surgery Center & The Optical Gallery
6002 Pointe West Blvd.,
Bradenton, FL 34209
(1 block south of Blake Hospital off 59th Street W)
Office & Optical: (941) 792-2020

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Office & The Optical Gallery
7230 55th Avenue East
Bradenton, FL 34203
(Twelve Oaks Plaza at SR 70 & I-75)
Office: (941) 758-1916
Optical: (941) 758-6996

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7915 U.S. Hwy 301 North
Ellenton, FL 34222
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Office: (941) 729-2020
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Office, Laser Center & The Optical Gallery
2111 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34239
(Just south of Southgate Mall on Bee Ridge off US 41)
Office: (941) 923-2020
Optical: (941) 924-5941

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Office & The Optical Gallery
3894 Sun City Center Blvd
Sun City Center, FL 33573
(Next to Burger King on SR 674)
Office: (813) 634-2020
Optical: (813) 633-0601