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New Laser for Cataract Surgery

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Barbara Curti has cataracts in both eyes. So on this day, she's getting her right eye operated on. "The lens he's putting in is going to let me see distance and up close so I'm looking forward to a normal pair of sunglasses and no reading glasses so I'm really excited about this."

But what's exciting for Dr. Matthew Mills of Eye Care Professionals is a new laser machine. The LenSx is a huge leap forward for ophthalmologists who say cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries they perform. Dr. Mills is the only one who has the LenSx laser in the state of Nevada. "What this laser does is it automates some of the most important most critical and most difficult steps of the preliminary steps of the cataract surgery."

This part of the procedure is done on the outside of the operating room. Basically, the computer maps out a three dimensional plan for the surgeon to follow once in the operating room. After about 3 to 5 minutes, the laser has completely mapped out Barbara's surgery for Dr. Mills to follow. "Sort of like the perforations on a postage stamp. We now have a preplanned site that we can come in and with our instruments complete that part of the procedure."

The LenSx cut the cataract into quadrants, making the removal easier. And once it's completely removed, the new lens goes in. The entire process is less than 45 minutes.

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Written by Wendy Damonte
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