Advanced Laser Cataract and Lens Implant Surgery Now Available at NHRMC

February 17, 2014

Patients who suffer from cataracts now have access to a new technology at New Hanover Regional Medical Center that can restore vision without the use of a surgical blade. This new laser system allows surgeons to more quickly and accurately break up the cataract and replace the lens using the precision of a laser. For some patients, the greater precision can mean less pain and better vision after surgery.

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. Cataracts occur when there is a buildup of protein in the lens, making it cloudy, causing blurred vision and negatively impacting the patient’s quality of life. The LenSx® Femtosecond is an image-guided surgical laser which allows surgeons to precisely break up the protein buildup and remove the clouded lens.

Once the clouded lens is removed, surgeons use another new technology, the ORA System®, to take precise measurements of the eye, helping them to accurately select and implant the appropriate replacement lens.

“We are very pleased to offer this breakthrough new technology to our patients at NHRMC,” said ophthalmologist Alan Brown, MD. “The inside of the eye is fragile. This laser technology is gentler on the eye, which can reduce recovery time for the patients, and allows us to offer more precise treatment.”

With this laser-enabled technique, cataract procedures can take less time and create less pain during surgery. Other patient benefits can include more precise and refined visual outcomes, astigmatism correction, and customized treatment tailored specifically to each patient’s eye.

“Most bladeless cataract and lens implant patients are amazed at their results,” said Katherine Ochsner, MD, opthamologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “One of the most striking results to my patients is that they didn’t realize that they weren’t seeing colors very well prior to surgery. Shortly after the laser surgery, many of them say they feel like they are seeing things for the first time in years.”

The following ophthalmologists currently perform laser cataract surgery at NHRMC:

  • Alan Brown, MD
  • Brian Groat, MD
  • Laura Harris, MD
  • Dax Hawkins, MD
  • Darrell Hester, MD
  • Katherine Ochsner, MD
  • Matej Polomsky, MD
  • The LenSx® Femtosecond laser and ORA System® technology are available to patients at NHRMC at no additional facility cost. Patients should talk to their doctor and insurance provider about their fees and coverage.
    New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating almost 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly. ###