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Shreveport Cataract Removal

Procedure Uses Fluid to Gently “Wash Away” Clouded Lenses

Among First in Nation to Offer New Cataract Removal Treatment

shreveport cataract removalShreveport, Louisiana, February 7, 2005 – Lusk Eye Specialists is one of the early sites in the United States to begin using Alcon’s Infiniti™ Vision System – a new surgical shreveport cataract removal instrument that offers the option to use a naturally balanced fluid media to break up and “wash away” eye lenses clouded by cataracts.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens that can cause vision problems. Shreveport cataract removal surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.

The Infiniti Vision System is the world’s first tri-modal lens removal surgical instrument. With this single instrument, surgeons now have a choice of three different methods to remove a cataract:

  • A completely new lens removal method, called the AquaLase®* Liquefaction Device, uses pulsed surgical solution to safely break up and remove the natural lens material. This method represents the first departure from the industry standard for almost 20 years, and is only available with the Alcon Infiniti Vision System. It breaks up the clouded lens with pulses of warm, naturally balanced solution to “wash away” the lens. The new technology may reduce the risk of thermal burns and other potential complications.
  • Industry standard, advanced ultrasound phacoemulsification, also is an option with the Infiniti Vision System. With this method, a metal probe vibrating at ultrasound frequency is used to soften and break up the lens. The Infiniti Vision System features an improved ultrasound hand piece that makes it easier for surgeons to hold and control.
  • A third method uses both ultrasound and mechanical oscillation to help break up the cataract faster, and may allow the surgeon greater control of lens tissue than traditional ultrasound.

In a normal eye, light passes through the lens and gets focused on the retina. To help produce a sharp image, the lens must remain clear. In its early stages, a cataract may not cause a vision problem and cloudiness may affect only a small part of the lens.

Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see and oftentimes requiring surgery.

Today, lens removal is safer and more effective. The new AquaLase® technology available with the Infiniti Vision System gently breaks up the clouded lens with pulses of warm, naturally balanced solution to “wash away” the lens layer-by-layer.

But not all Shreveport cataract removal surgery patients are candidates for AquaLase® treatment. The increased flexibility and greater options that the Infiniti Vision System incorporates provides surgeons with more control over the lens removal procedure, which potentially offers the reduced risk of complications.

Scientists think there may be several reasons for the development of cataracts; including aging, smoking, diabetes and excessive exposure to sunlight. Cataracts can also develop soon after an eye injury, or even years later. The most common type of cataract is related to aging and more than half of all Americans age 65 and older have a cataract. Cataracts affect men and women equally, as well as all races and ethnic groups.

“The Infiniti Vision System is being adopted by many ophthalmic practices across the United States,” said Cary Rayment, Senior Vice President, Alcon United States. “We believe surgeons are eager to use this entirely new surgical platform and their enthusiasm will make a difference for countless patients with cataracts.”

How to Remove a Cataract

Benefits:

  • Removes a lenses clouded by cataracts to help improve patients’ quality of life through clarity of vision.
  • New technology may reduce the risk of thermal burns and other potential complications associated with other methods of removal.
  • Increased flexibility and greater options provide surgeons with more control over the lens-removal procedure, which potentially offers the reduced risk of complications.

Features:

  • The Infiniti™ Vision System’s tri-modal energy delivery options offer surgeons greater choice in picking the surgical method best suited to their patient’s needs.
  • The AquaLase® Liquefaction Device is a completely new lens removal method that uses pulsed surgical solution to safely break up and remove the natural lens material. This method represents the first departure from the industry standard for almost 20 years, and is only available with the Alcon Infiniti™ Vision System. It breaks up the clouded lens with pulses of warm, naturally balanced solution to “wash away” the lens. The new technology may reduce the risk of thermal burns and other potential complications.
  • Industry standard, advanced ultrasound phacoemulsification, also is an option with the Infiniti™ Vision System. With this method, a metal probe vibrating at ultrasound frequency is used to soften and break up the lens. The Infiniti™ Vision System features an improved ultrasound hand piece that makes it easier for surgeons to hold and control.
  • A third method uses both ultrasound and oscillation to help break up the cataract faster, and may allow the surgeon greater control of lens tissue than traditional ultrasound.