Spring Park Surgery Center offer new cataract surgery


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Spring Park Surgery Center first to offer laser-assisted, bladeless cataract surgery

DAVENPORT, IA – Jan. 15, 2013 -- The directors of Spring Park Surgery Center in Davenport have announced the acquisition of an OptiMedica Catalys Precision Laser System for cataract surgery. For the first time, cataract surgery can be performed without the use of surgical blade incisions.

Dr. Gus Harb, urologist and chairman of the Spring Park Surgery Center Board of Directors, said the new technology is a significant advancement for the center's cataract surgery program.

"Spring Park Surgery Center was one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in the Midwest, having opened in 1984," Dr. Harb said. "Fifteen years ago, as leaders in cataract surgery, Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser were invited to perform procedures at the center. As a key opinion leader in ophthalmology in the U.S. and worldwide, Dr. Lisa's relationships with the cataract industry's manufacturers ensured that she maintained access to the newest and recently approved technology for her patients."

The partnership between Dr. Lisa Brothers Arbisser, Spring Park and the industry allowed Spring Park to develop a reputation that ultimately attracted six more cataract surgeons. "Today our surgeons and staff perform more than 60 percent of all cataract procedures within our region, including the Quad Cities, Muscatine, Clinton, Geneseo and nearby communities," Dr. Harb said.




2 -- Spring Park first to offer laser-assisted cataract surgery

"The Catalys femtosecond laser continues Eye Surgeons Associates PC's and Spring Park Surgery Center's legacy of cataract surgery leadership and excellent patient service. Spring Park Surgery Center will continue to provide cutting-edge technology for both ophthalmology and urology."

A cataract is a common condition in which the lens, located behind the eye's circular colored muscle (the iris), becomes progressively cloudy, making vision fuzzy and normal daily activities like reading or driving more difficult. Once vision can no longer be improved by changing glasses or contacts, surgery is the only option. Cataract surgery is widely performed worldwide. Of the estimated 19 million cases each year, between 3 million to 4 million occur within the U.S.

"As thousands of Quad-City area cataract patients learn annually, traditional manual techniques have successfully improved lives dramatically for decades," said Dr. Lisa Brothers Arbisser of Eye Surgeons Associates PC. "The computer-guided Catalys femtosecond laser provides a new advanced technology approach to combat astigmatism and refine the optical outcome. Combined with advanced technology intraocular lens implants, it can more consistently reduce or eliminate patients' dependence upon glasses following routine cataract removal. Without employing surgical scalpels, this sophisticated tool results in more predictable outcomes and gentler surgery within patients' eyes. I've monitored this technology's evolution for years."

She added, "Following FDA approval, which demonstrated the femtosecond cataract surgery devices' safety and effectiveness, I performed my first two cases a year ago - offshore - since there were no machines in either Iowa or Illinois at that time. Today, Catalys is being offered to patients in 10 countries around the world. Ours is the first installation between Chicago and Des Moines."

Wayne Diewald, president of Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and a Spring Park Surgery Center Board member, welcomes the technology. "Genesis enjoys partnering with physicians who are passionate about patient care excellence. The ophthalmologists and urologists at Spring Park Surgery Center understand their patients' needs well. Together, we thoughtfully provide approved world-class technology locally."

In accordance with federal regulations, the femtosecond cataract laser will initially be limited to patients seeking elective refractive enhancement (optical procedures not covered by insurance or Medicare) in combination with approved and insured cataract operations.

"We encourage people to check whether their surgeon offers these advanced technology options and whether they are a candidate," Diewald concluded.


















 



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