The Eye Associates feels strongly about always having the most advanced equipment with the latest technology. If we think that a new technology can increase the success and safety of a procedure, you can be assured that it will be a part of The Eye Associates.
If you would like to learn more about the latest technologies at The Eye Associates and how they may benefit you, please call The Eye Associates at 1-866-865-2020.
1. What is the LenSx Bladeless Laser for Cataract Surgery?
The Eye Associates is pleased to offer Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery with Alcon’s femtosecond LenSx® Laser. The laser’s advanced imaging system provides our three board certified cataract surgeons with a series of 3-dimensional, cross-sectional images of all of the parts of the eye related to cataract surgery, thereby enabling them to program the femtosecond laser to make incisions that are pre-determined in size and location. This contributes to a more gentle, less invasive surgical experience, and adds a new level of accuracy and precision to cataract surgery.
2. Why is the Infiniti Vision System Technology better for cataract surgery?
The Eye Associates’ Surgery Center was the first in the Manatee/Sarasota area to acquire the Infiniti® Vision System for cataract surgery. This new science provides active monitoring of all critical parameters and reduces mechanical stress on the eye; thereby increasing the safety of the procedure. The added gentleness this equipment brings to the procedure enhances outcomes and speeds recovery time so active patients can resume their normal lifestyle more quickly.
3. How have the High-Tech Intraocular Lens Implants (IOLs) changed life for cataract surgery patients?
It used to be that you only had one choice for an IOL for cataract surgery. You were only able to get good ‘distance vision’ but always had to wear reading glasses for near vision. Now all that has changed. You can now get high-tech lifestyle lens implants that give you good distance, near and intermediate vision – all without glasses. Some of the lenses that we use here are the AcrySof IQ ReSTOR® Multifocal, TECNIS® Multifocal, TECNIS Symfony and Crystalens®. And we even have lens implants that can correct your astigmatism, such as the TRULIGN™ Toric, the TECNIS Toric, and the AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL.
4. Why does The Eye Associates use the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)?
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive diagnostic medical imaging technology that utilizes light waves and fiber optics to obtain images on a scale never before possible. This technology has changed for the better the way that physicians, researchers and scientists diagnose and treat disease. We use the OCT during comprehensive eye exams in order to help with early detection, diagnosis and treatment guidance for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases as well as using it to follow changes in the optic nerve for those that have glaucoma.
5. How has Lucentis, Avastin and Eylea changed the world for wet macular degeneration patients?
These drugs have made a tremendous difference in the positive prognosis of Wet Macular Degeneration patients. All three of these injectable drugs are termed anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) medicine and 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. They are given at different intervals, according to each individual drug’s criteria. They can also be used for other retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy. Click here to learn more about Macular Degeneration.
6. Why is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) a good choice for glaucoma patients?
Patients with open-angle glaucoma can relieve intraocular pressure (IOP) and sometimes even halt the progression of the disease with an excellent laser technology called Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT). It is a fast, effective and painless treatment that can reduce the need and expense of glaucoma eye drop medications. The Eye Associates is proud to have been the first in Manatee County to offer this advanced treatment to our glaucoma patients.
7. Why our Board Certified LASIK surgeons, Dr. Cathleen McCabe and Dr. Brian Foster, trust the VISX Technology ?
The VISX® Star 4 laser that we use at The Eye Associates remains the industry leader in quality and innovation for LASIK surgery in Bradenton. It is at our in-house laser center in Bradenton where we control temperature and humidity; key elements important to good surgical results. In addition, our skilled surgeons and 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™, and VISX® Exclusive SmartBeam.
8. What is an Orbscan and how is it used at The Eye Associates?
The Orbscan II® is a highly sophisticated corneal topographer on the market. We require that every LASIK evaluation include an Orbscan so that we can see the high resolution analysis of the cornea. Unlike some corneal topography units that analyze only the front surface of the cornea, the Orbscan II 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 it is safe to perform LASIK surgery on a patient.
9. How is Laser Therapy used to treat eyes?
The LASER, an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, is a wonderful development for treatment of many eye conditions. We use several different types of lasers at The Eye Associates to treat many different conditions. In some cases, the laser helps prevent further loss of sight while in other cases, normal vision may actually be restored. Lasers allow the surgeon a high degree of precision, and often have advantages 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.
Our doctors at The Eye Associates use lasers to routinely treat diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, retinal conditions, LASIK, PRK, Clear Lens Replacement and glaucoma. The YAG laser is also effective for clearing a cloudy capsule following cataract surgery. We even use a Lumenis Laser for cosmetic skin rejuvenation.
Want to see if a laser can help you? Click here or call 1-866-865-2020 for an appointment.
10. How can iStents help glaucoma patients reduce or eliminate glaucoma drops?
Our glaucoma patients with cataracts are thrilled to learn that they can have an iStent device implanted during their cataract surgery. iStent is a tiny medical device designed to create a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork to improve the outflow of fluid in order to control eye pressure in glaucoma patients. After this surgery, many patients have been able to reduce or even eliminate expensive glaucoma drops.
Call 1-866-865-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Eye Physicians to see if you are a candidate for this wonderful technology.
11. Can The Eye Associates use Autologous Serum Tears for Dry Eye Treatment?
For patients with severe Dry Eye Disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and other corneal defects, we now offer advanced dry eye treatment with Autologous Serum Tears. We are one of only a few in the area to offer this advanced technology. Your natural tears are made up of key components not found in artificial tears. Since Serum Tears are made with your own blood, they have more similarities to one’s natural tears, and are by nature non-allergenic and superior to artificial tears. Many of our patients have seen a significant improvement in their condition with this revolutionary therapy.
12. What is ProKera Amniotic Membrane used for?
ProKera® is one of the brands of amniotic membrane tissue, used as a biologically active bandage to protect, repair and heal damaged eye surfaces. Amniotic membrane is part of the placenta, the tissue surrounding a baby in the womb. Human placenta inherently contains antibotics and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce scar tissue and promote healing. We use it routinely here at The Eye Associates to treat many corneal eye conditions including recurring erosion, Dry Eye Disease, burns, injuries and severe infections. The treatment is usually covered by insurance.
Call 1-866-865-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Eye Physicians to see if ProKera could help you.
13. How has TearLab testing improved Dry Eye Treatment?
The Eye Associates’ physicians take Dry Eye treatment seriously. That is why we added the TearLab Osmolarity System to our technology. It is the first objective and quantitative test for diagnosing and managing Dry Eyes, and has been shown to outperform both the older standard methods of Schirmer testing and corneal staining. We no longer have to ‘guess’ whether your tear film composition is normal. By using TearLab testing, we can quantify your tear function. It is a major breakthrough in Dry Eye Disease treatment, and one not offered by many other eyecare professionals.
If you would like to make an appointment with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call 1-866-865-2020 or fill out our contact form.