High tech laser used for bladeless cataracts surgery

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by KING 5 HealthLink

KING5.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 6:10 PM

Reading on her new kindle would have been nearly impossible for Peggy Nardi last year.

“It was difficult. Even with the glasses,” said Nardi.

Her cataracts made it tough to see.

“That’s the part that turns cloudy,” said Dr. Dennis L. Kilpatrick,  Medical Director at Scottsdale Eye Physicians & Surgeons.

Now patients will have a new option to treat cataracts that’s being hailed as the biggest advance in 30 years.

“This is a tremendous breakthrough,” Dr. Kilpatrick said.

Instead of cutting the cataract out with blades, surgeons use the femtosecond laser.

“The machine will make incisions in both the cornea and the lens itself,” Dr. Kilpatrick explained.

It uses high energy pulses.

“The duration of the pulse is what gives it the name Femtosecond. You might have heard of a nanosecond, that’s one-billionth of a second, but a femtosecond is actually one-millionth of a nanosecond,” Dr. Kilpatrick said.

The bladeless approach improves safety, cuts recovery time and gives doctors a new level of precision.

“It’s something no surgeon, no matter how good they are, can do with their free hand, not as well as the laser,” Dr. Kilpatrick said.

“Color, color is fantastic,” Nardi said.

For Nardi, it means seeing a brighter future with her great-granddaughter.

“I’m happy, happy, happy with it,” she said.

With traditional surgery, the doctor says most of his patients feel their vision is much better about two weeks. With laser, it’s more like one week.

The treatment is available at the Evergreen Eye Center in Federal Way.

Related links:

Evergreen Eye Center - Bladeless Cataract Laser Surgery

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