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Phelps Is First Hospital in Region to Offer Cataract Surgery with LenSx Laser
(August 22, 2013) Phelps Memorial Hospital Center is the first hospital in the Hudson Valley to offer a technologically advanced option for cataract surgery using the LenSx Laser by Alcon.
According to Jean Tostanoski, MD, Chief of Ophthalmology, who performs the procedures, the laser captures extremely precise, high-resolution images of the eyes, which are used to plan and perform a surgery to exact, individual specifications not attainable with traditional cataract surgery.
During traditional cataract surgery, the surgeon makes a very small incision in the cornea using a hand-held scalpel and inserts a tiny, high-frequency ultrasound device to break down the cataract while a miniature suction device removes the broken-down lens. A new artificial lens, called an intraocular lens, is then put it its place.
The new LenSx image-guided laser performs several of the most difficult manual steps of cataract surgery, eliminating the need for a manual scalpel. In addition to creating more precise incisions, LenSx also reduces the amount of ultrasound time needed to dissolve the cataract, thereby lessening the possibility of damage to the cornea.
Most patients are candidates for the LenSx procedure. Exceptions include those with small pupils, certain corneal diseases and some forms of glaucoma.
For more information on cataract surgery using the LenSx Laser, call Dr. Tostanoski’s office at 914-345-3937.