Breakthrough Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery

Gainesville Eye Associates continues to invest in technology, bring state-of-the-art procedures to Northeast Georgia

Gainesville Eye Associates ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Chapman Jr. and Dr. Clayton Blehm performed Georgia's first laser cataract surgery in December 2012, bringing a new advancement in cataract treatment to the state and region. The procedure results in faster recovery and more consistent surgical outcomes.

Similar to Lasik surgery, the LenSx bladeless cataract surgery uses a computer-controlled laser that allows the surgeons to plan and perform the surgery to exact, individual specifications not attainable with other surgical procedures.

"The new laser technology gives us more precision than manual techniques. It's much less invasive when removing the cataract from the eye, and it helps improve lens placement," says Dr. Chapman. "The benefit to the patient is that laser surgery is safer, more accurate and offers a faster recovery. It also minimizes changes to refractory vision, meaning fewer patients develop astigmatism or other vision problems after the surgery."

All three of Gainesville Eye's ophthalmologists -- Chapman, Blehm, Dr. Lori Lebow and Dr. Zach Balest -- are trained and perform the LenSx laser cataract surgery.

Gainesville Eye Associates also is the first practice in Georgia to use an innovative technology called Verion, an image-guided system that guides the laser during cataract surgery, eliminating many of the surgical variables and achieving even better results. Gainesville Eye performed the first Georgia surgery with Verion in March 2014.

"Verion will make cataract surgery even more accurate and add a new level of control to every step of the procedure," Chapman said. "We are focused on bringing new technology and innovations to Northeast Georgia so that our patients can enjoy the very best treatments, and more importantly, outcomes, available."

Cataracts are a clouding of your eye's natural lens that occurs in people ages 55 years and older. In fact, half of all Americans have them-or have had cataract surgery-by age 80. Cataracts can make sharp objects appear blurry, make colors look dull, and cause trouble seeing at night.

Gainesville Eye ophthalmologists use the LenSx laser, the LuxOR LX3 ophthalmic microscope and the Centurion vision system to perform laser cataract surgeries. With the addition of the Verion machine, the surgery center is now utilizing the complete Alcon Cataract Refractive Suite.

There are also several lenses to choose from to help patients enjoy crisp, clear, and potentially glasses-free vision, from near to far and everywhere in-between. Gainesville Eye Associates can help you choose the right lens implant to provide optimal vision after surgery.