Laser Assisted Refractive Cataract Surgery

Johnson City Eye Clinic and Surgery Center to offer Laser Assisted Refractive Cataract Surgery

What is custom, blade-free, laser assisted cataract and refractive surgery?

Johnson City, TN          Cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States.  And with the first wave of baby boomers turning 65, the number of people suffering from decreased vision due to cloudy lenses, or cataracts, is only expected to grow.  That is why a new technology, offered by Johnson City Eye Clinic and Surgery Center, is so exciting.

Laser Assisted Refractive Cataract Surgery, like LASIK, brings a new standard of precision to cataract surgery.  This custom, blade-free, laser assisted cataract removal option allows the surgeons at Johnson City Eye Clinic and Surgery Center to plan and perform cataract surgeries to exacting, individualized specification previously unattainable with the standard cataract surgery.

Cataract surgery using the laser to perform the most critical steps of cataract surgery, which traditionally is done by hand, ensures that the patient not only receive the highest-precision in surgical incision, but can also reduce their dependence on glasses after their surgery.  “For years we have offered advanced intraocular lenses that replace the cloudy lens we remove in cataract surgery” says Dr. Alan McCartt, Johnson City Eye Clinic.  “These lens option help people improve their vision at a distance, at near, and especially those with astigmatism.  When used in conjunction with the laser, these lenses may mean a great deal more freedom from glasses after cataract surgery for this group of people who remain very active for decades after their retirement.”

“We’re excited because the same technology that we offer in our bladeless LASIK program is now available to folks who suffer from cloudy vision due to cataracts.”,  says Dr. Randal J. Rabon at Johnson City Eye Clinic.  Dr. Rabon is also the Senior Medical Director at TLC Laser Eye Centers, TriCities.  “There are no two eyes that are exactly the same, so our ability to use a laser instead of a blade to treat the growing cataract population is really exciting.”  Johnson City Eye Clinic and Surgery Center proudly services a four state region and patients are traveling from as far as Southwest Virginia and Southeast KY for this surgical treatment.

Drs. Jeff Carlsen and James Battle, at Johnson City Eye Clinic agree.  “We see firsthand that just because someone needs eye surgery, it doesn’t mean they want to be dependent on their glasses.  They want to be educated about their surgical options and technology that is on the horizon.  When patients have options, patients win.”

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