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Leading edge Laser Technology is Reshaping Cataract Surgery by correcting Astigmatism
Specialty Surgery Center is First and Only in San Antonio to Offer ReVista Laser-Assisted Cataract Surgery
San Antonio, Texas (November 1, 2012) For the first time, laser technology allows surgeons to treat cataracts and astigmatism in one procedure. New ReVista laser-assisted cataract surgery uses precise laser guided incisions to gently reshape the eye to correct astigmatism and fragment the cataract. Recently approved by the FDA, this bladeless technology is used in less than one percent of cataract surgeries today.
“ReVista laser-assisted cataract surgery offers a level of customization that has never before been available,&lrquo; according to Drs. Rashid, Rice, Flynn and Reilly of Rashid, Rice, and Flynn Eye Associates, PLLC. ReVista incorporates highly advanced mapping of your eye, to personalize the treatment plan. These 3-D measurements guide the laser’s highly accurate micron-level incisions. Computerized planning and laser astigmatism correction join together to offer each patient restored clarity and quality of life.
“After decades of serving this community, ReVista is the most exciting advance we can offer our patients,” added Drs. Rashid, Rice, Flynn, and Reilly . “We are proud to be among the first surgeons to offer this in San Antonio. With femtosecond laser technology, we can take an already safe procedure and make it even better. Our goal is to give each patient the best possible vision.”
Cataract surgery has evolved dramatically over the years, to an advanced “no-patch, no-stitch” individualized 15 minute surgery with minimal recovery time. “We are committed to staying on the leading edge, so the introduction of ReVista laser-assisted cataract surgery is part of our continued commitment to offering our patients the best possible care,” states Drs. Rashid, Rice, Flynn and Reilly.
Half of Americans will develop cataracts by age 80. Cataracts are the clouding of the lens inside the eye, which develops gradually over the years. Surgery to remove cataracts is one of the most effective and frequently performed operations in the United States. This outpatient surgery generally takes less than fifteen minutes, and allows you to get back to your life the next day.
An imperfection in the curvature of the cornea or lens of the eye is called astigmatism. It blurs vision by keeping the light from focusing properly on the retina at the back of your eye. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, astigmatism affects about one in three people.
ReVista laser-assisted cataract surgery combines powerful state-of-the-art testing which maps each patient‘s eyes, with the precision of laser incisions and astigmatism correction. This accurate, bladeless, customizable process helps each patient get the best possible vision.
The Specialty Surgery Center, the home of the laser in San Antonio, is dedicated to outpatient surgery, providing compassionate personalized care to each patient. Some of the most qualified and highly trained surgeons in San Antonio choose to do their surgeries here. This center is jointly owned by local surgeons, including Drs. Rashid, Rice, and Flynn, and AmSurg, the largest cataract surgery provider in the United States.