Cataract Surgery in 3D

Advanced operating system helps surgeon deliver better visual outcomes.

Thomas Hayes swinging a golf club

Since undergoing cataract surgery, Thomas no longer needs his buddies to track his ball for him on the golf course.

It wasn’t long after he graduated from college and began working for an insurance agency that Thomas Hayes had a vision to offer customers health insurance as well as financial planning.

Thomas’ vision allowed his company to thrive, and it allowed him to eventually retire to Treasure Island. Unfortunately, soon Thomas’ sight began fade to the point where it became a real problem for him.

“I’ve been wearing glasses for 30-some years, and a few years back, my ophthalmologist told me I was developing cataracts,” Thomas relates. “He told me the cataracts would become a problem in two or three years, and sure enough, my golfing buddies started complaining about having to watch to see where my ball went all the time.

“After needing to get new glasses again and again, I thought, It’s silly to keep getting new glasses all the time. Maybe I should just get these cataracts out. At that time I decided to go ahead and have cataract surgery.”

When Thomas asked his ophthalmologist who he should go to for the procedure, the doctor recommended Robert J. Weinstock, MD, at the Eye Institute of West Florida.

Combined Effort

Dr. Weinstock first saw Thomas last May. After confirming the diagnosis of cataracts — a clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens — Dr. Weinstock discussed options regarding replacement lenses.

Thomas wanted to be glasses-free following surgery, so the decision was made to replace Thomas’ clouded lenses with multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) that would give him clear distance and reading vision.

Cataract surgery is typically performed on one eye at a time, with a break of a week or two in between. Each procedure takes just minutes and starts with the breakup and removal of the clouded natural lens, then the IOL is implanted, permanently correcting the vision.

For about five years, Dr. Weinstock pioneered this surgery with the aid of a revolutionary 3D system that benefits the doctor and the patient.

“Cataract surgery is typically performed with the surgeon having to sit still and look through a microscope in order to magnify the eye,” Dr. Weinstock informs. “You have to lean over the patient, and when you do that day in and day out, it can get quite uncomfortable.”

Not only does hovering over the patient put the doctor’s body — especially the back and neck — in an uncomfortable and arduous position, but looking through microscopes all day can put a great deal of strain on the eyes.

“The last thing someone wants when they’re having a delicate surgery is for their surgeon to be in an uncomfortable position, in pain or suffering from eye strain, so several years ago, I started working with a company on an alternative,” Dr. Weinstock says.

The result is a 3D cataract surgery system called the NGENUITY® 3D Visualization System. With this system, doctors can position themselves comfortably in a chair, put glasses on as though watching a 3D movie, and perform the procedure by looking at a magnified 3D image of the eye on a large TV screen.

Big-Screen Experience

“The screen is a big 55-inch 3D TV screen, and instead of leaning over and looking through those little oculars of a microscope, I’m sitting up and looking at the TV screen. “It’s much better for the surgeon and results in better outcomes for the patient.

“For example, when you’re fitting someone with any kind of specialized lenses the way we did with Thomas, it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of thing. There’s a lot of detail work that needs to be done to ensure the lens is positioned perfectly.

“I’m out of glasses for the first time in 30 years, and I love it.” – Thomas

“By using this improved visualization system, the surgeon does a better job of making sure the lenses are positioned perfectly so the patient sees as well as possible postoperatively.”

Dr. Weinstock has been using the NGENUITY 3D Visualization System to perform cataract surgeries for about five years. Thomas is among the many patients who have greatly benefitted from it.

“I’m out of glasses for the first time in 30 years, and I love it,” Thomas raves. “My vision is better and brighter than ever. Even in a restaurant where the lighting is dim, I can read as well now without glasses as I used to with glasses.

“Having cataracts out was a really rewarding and positive experience for me.

I can even buy sunglasses off the rack now. I haven’t done that in ages. And it’s all thanks to Dr. Weinstock and the folks at The Eye Institute of West Florida.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Photo by Jordan Pysz. js


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