SouthEast Eye Specialists First In Area To Use Lasers For Cataract Surgery

Monday, September 23, 2013

SouthEast Eye Specialists announced Monday that it will be the first practice in the greater Chattanooga area to offer the LenSx femtosecond laser technology as an option for surgical removal of cataracts.   

With this new technology, surgeons can now capture an incredibly precise, high-resolution image of the eye and use a computer-guided laser to make customized incisions that are specifically tailored to the unique characteristics of the patient’s eye.  This advancement means surgeons can improve the accuracy and consistency of the procedure while providing patients with more predictable results and a faster healing time, officials said.

Prior to the introduction of the LenSx Laser, traditional cataract surgery was done by making several small incisions on the cornea with a handheld surgical blade.  With the LenSx Laser, surgeons will use a small beam of laser energy to make these small incisions in the cornea without the use of a manual surgical blade.  

In addition, the LenSx Laser features real-time video and imaging tools to give the surgeon an accurate, three dimensional visualization of what is occurring inside the eye. These visuals allow the surgeon to precisely program the size, shape and location of each incision based on the unique characteristics of the patient’s eye.  This level of precision and customization is not possible today with traditional cataract procedures that use a manual surgical blade, officials said.

“At SouthEast Eye Specialists, we are focused on providing the very best in patient care and investing in the latest innovations and proven technologies that help improve the post-surgical vision of our patients,” said Dr. John Bierly, of SouthEast Eye Specialists.  “With the LenSx Laser, I can now customize the cataract surgery based on the unique characteristics of the patient’s eye and significantly improve the precision of the most critical steps in cataract surgery.  This should translate into a more predictable outcome and quicker recovery time for our patients.” 

Alcon Laboratories Corp., based in Fort Worth, Texas, reports that the company just placed their 200th LenSx Lasers in the U.S. on Sept. 12, with only five of these lasers located in Tennessee.  SouthEast Eye Specialists is the first practice in the greater Chattanooga area to receive the new LenSx Laser because of their cataract experience and reputation as the region’s leading provider of specialty eye care. 

Local businessman Paul Vaughn was one of the first patients at SouthEast Eye Specialists to have cataract surgery using the LenSx Laser.  Mr. Vaughn said, “Over the years, I noticed my vision had gotten progressively worse and made it difficult to read documents with small print or enjoy the simplest things in life. When researching my options, it gave me great confidence to know that my surgeon had the very latest laser technology for my cataract surgery. In fact, I was amazed how quick, easy and painless the procedure was for me. More importantly, my vision is brighter, clearer and more colorful today, making it possible to recognize things from long distances as if they were right in front of me.”

Dr. Bierly continues, “This cutting-edge and highly innovative procedure represents one of the most significant advancements in how we treat cataracts. While the traditional cataract surgery is considered to be one of the safest and most successful procedures in medicine today, there has always been a risk of irregular incisions and imprecise results due to using a manual surgical blade. The LenSx Laser significantly reduces this margin of error and allows our doctors to develop a customized plan for removing the cataracts based on the specific needs of each patient.” 

For more information on cataract surgery and the LenSx Laser procedure, people are encouraged to ask their personal physician.  For more information on SouthEast Eye Specialists, please visit http://www.southeasteye.com.    



Melton To Serve As 2016 Great Strides Chair

The sixteenth annual “Great Strides: Walk Today. Add Tomorrows.” will be held Saturday, April 2. Cleveland business leader Debbie Melton will serve for a second year as chairperson for the Cleveland/Bradley 2016 Great Strides Walk and 65 Roses 5K road race for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  “We are thrilled that Debbie Melton has agreed to lead our Great Strides community ... (click for more)

Senate Health Committee To Hold Zika Hearing On Feb. 24 At 10 A.M.

Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced Thursday the Senate committee overseeing public health policy will hold a hearing on the Zika virus on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. Chairman Alexander said: “Americans have many questions about the Zika virus, as we have watched news of its spread through Central and South America, as well as ... (click for more)

Criminal Defense Attorneys Seek Chest X-Ray, Barrel As Evidence In 34-Year-Old Murder Case

In the 34-year-old unsolved murder case that recently spotlighted Billy Hawk as the prime suspect, criminal offense attorneys are seeking forensic proof, which does not change with time, to prove Hawk’s innocence. During Monday’s discovery motion, filed on behalf of the defense to obtain certain evidence, defense attorney Jim Logan requested the victim’s chest X-ray be submitted ... (click for more)

Brandon Bettis, 25, Arrested For Home Invasion; 2 Other Suspects Being Sought

Brandon Bettis, 25, was arrested after a home invasion early Monday morning, and two other suspects are being sought. Chattanooga Police responded to the 1100 block of Thomas Lane at 6:30 a.m. on the report of a home invasion robbery.  The suspects entered the home of the victims, James Shrum, 47, and Hillary Schooley, 25.   The victims were wakened and threatened ... (click for more)

The City Failed To Watch The Chattanooga History Museum Dollars - And Response

The tell tale signs of the History Museum's folly have been evident for years. When I was a former member of City Council I interviewed Dr. Daryl Black, Ph.D. to determine if I should argue for or against the annual funding of his organization. His interview, the multi-year history of administrative non-performance (despite consistent repetitive funding), and a review of the organizational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Greenholtz: A No-Brainer

I am going to make this as simple as I possibly can. There are three fine lawyers now running for Criminal Court Judge and anywhere you go there will be people who like and admire Tom Greenholtz, Boyd Patterson and Mike Little. But when we select a judge, it should never be based on popularity. That’s why Gov. Haslam picked Greenholtz over both Little and Patterson this summer to ... (click for more)