Cutting Edge Medicine Part 2

By: Lisa Blackwell Email
By: Lisa Blackwell Email

It's a surgery that's so precise you have to see it to believe it.

Bobbie Gavette, Cataract Patient, says, “all of a sudden your eye would go dry and everything would go burry. You just couldn't see a thing.”

It's interesting how one problem can sometimes reveal another. That's what happened to Bobbie Gavette. She was suffering from dry eye and sought medical attention. Her doctor discovered she had cataracts.

“Dr. Zloty informed me that I have cataracts and that cataract surgery could be performed and that implants could be inserted and that would rid me of having to wear contacts which he thought was causing the dry eye,” said Gavette.

Dr Zloty performed Micro Incision Cataract Surgery using a 2.2 centimeter incision and curved needles.

Peter Zloty, M.D., Ophthamologist, says, “this is smaller than the regular incision by a substantial amount. It's more of a needle insertion than an incision into the eye and we're doing the first in the area in these last couple of weeks.”

Dr Zloty removed the cataract and inserted a contact lens in about five minutes. The smaller incision reduces the chances for astigmatism, infections and wound leaks.

“A patient is back to their full activities much faster, faster visual recovery, there's less chance of infection every aspect of the surgery is safer just because the eye isn't opened as much,” said Zloty.

Bobbie had the surgery in both eyes. She says she was back to work in 2-3 days and she's able to read the computer and spreadsheets much better now.

“It's just great not having to put contacts in anymore. not having to wear glasses and be able to see now,” said Bobbie.

Dr. Zloty says the interesting thing about cataract surgery now is that it's more of a refractive surgery.

Folks are having the surgery and they don't need glasses anymore.

Dr. Zloty says technology is moving towards lens surgery becoming almost better than Lasik surgery.

Cataracts affect 60 percent of people over the age of 60.

Over 1.5 million cataract surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year.


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