From Fosters Daily Democrat:
Seeing is believing: New procedure Performed at WDH to Correct Vision Implants a Lens Behind the Iris
By OLIVER JENKINS
Thursday, August 2, 2012
DOVER —"I woke up this morning and actually had the ability to see the walls all around me," said Jose Valdez, a 26-year-old merchant mariner from Deer Isle, Maine."It's really just an unbelievable feeling."
Valdez can credit his vastly improved vision to a relatively new FDA-approved surgery — alternative to LASIK — which can treat patients suffering from mild to severe nearsightedness, or myopia.
On Tuesday, Valdez underwent a Visian ICL — implantable collamer lens — surgery at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. During this procedure, a tiny lens is rolled into a cylinder and inserted into the eye behind the iris. From there, the lens gently unfolds and is positioned in place by the surgeon.
Tuesday's procedure was performed by surgeon Tim Peters, M.D. of Clear Advantage Vision."Each eye only takes about 10 minutes," Peters explained."I've done roughly 20 to 25 of these procedures and they've all been very successful."
While the Visian ICL provides clear vision for patients who are not good candidates for LASIK — due to thin corneas or prescriptions that exceed the LASIK treatment range — it is also an option for many patients who are eligible for LASIK but demand superior vision or are uncomfortable with laser surgery.
The benefits associated with these new implantable collamer lenses are beginning to catch on.
"This type of procedure provides a better, sharper quality of vision than LASIK," explained Adam Darisse, a representative of STAAR Surgical, a provider of the Visian ICL."In comparison to high definition television, this is the high definition of vision."
According to Darisse, a Visian ICL procedure is minimally invasive and has a healing time that is just as quick as that of LASIK. Additionally, LASIK-related complications such as dry eyes, glare, and poor night vision have been shown to be less common with the Visian ICL.
Further, a Visian ICL procedure is one that can be easily reversed in the future.
Visian ICL surgery is an"additive" procedure that does not involve removing tissue or irreversibly reshaping the eye. As such, it keeps the eye structure intact for any future surgical needs such as cataract treatment. While the Visian ICL is intended to provide permanent vision correction, the lens can be removed if necessary to restore the eye to its pre-implant state.
LASIK, in contrast, is a"reductive" procedure permanently reshaping the eye by removing corneal tissue.
Although the option of reversing such a procedure does exist, it's not a very common option. As Peters stated, in the roughly 25 ICL surgeries he has done to date, not a single one has been reversed.
The Visian ICL, which was first approved by the FDA in 2005, has now been implanted during more than 300,000 procedures worldwide, many of which have taken place in Europe.
"The military has actually embraced this procedure," Darisse added."Army and Navy forces are now using it as a go-to option."
Although LASIK may still be regarded as the norm in terms of eye care, the Visian ICL is a new form of technology that can do the job just as well as LASIK surgery."Our company wants people to know that this is a very viable option in terms of eye improvement," he said.
After Tuesday's procedure at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Valdez seemed thrilled with the procedure's immediate results."It was great, everything went awesome," he said Wednesday morning.
"It's going to be a huge relief to not have to worry about every single second of every single day," he said.
*Credit to Oliver Jenkins for writing the article
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Clear Advantage Vision Correction Center Named “Specialized Astigmatism Center” Providing the First Comprehensive LASIK Treatment of Astigmatism Approved by the FDA
Clear Advantage Matches Donations to Avon Walk
Clear Advantage has been a supporter of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. With breast cancer touching so many people's lives as well as those at Clear Advantage, our very own Dr. McLoughlin participated in the Boston Avon Walk last year. In support of Dr. McLoughlin and the many survivors and walkers, Clear Advantage wanted to aid in Dr. McLoughlin's efforts to raise funds for this walk and give something back to those who participate in these fundraising efforts.
In 2008, Clear Advantage offered to double the donations made to the Avon Walk with discounts off LASIK procedures plus a chance to win a free LASIK procedure. In essence, for each donation amount given, Clear Advantage doubled the amount off LASIK procedures. AND for every $100 donation, a raffle ticket was provided for A FREE LASIK PROCEDURE.
For more information visit us at 155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 200 East or call 1-866-30-CLEAR.
Clear Advantage Adds VSP to Their Discount Program
Clear Advantage is proud to announce that they are now a participant in the VSP Laser VisionCare Program. Eligible VSP patients interested in laser vision correction can participate in the Discount and Preferred Program. Both include services at reduced cost through their Primary EyeCare Provider and directly through Clear Advantage. Benefits of the program include complimentary screening to determine if the patient is a candidate for vision correction surgery. Additionally, patients are able to seek post-operative surgery care with their Primary EyeCare Provider at no extra charge. For eye doctors who refer patients for LASIK, they now have a choice — Clear Advantage. And with Clear Advantage's highly experienced and qualified surgeon, Dr. Tim Peters, along with the newest procedure, Bladeless LASIK, patients will be able to take advantage of the best quality of care offered in Northern New England. VSP patients who come to Clear Advantage will receive 20% off their LASIK procedure. Discounts are also available through Blue Cross, Anthem, Matthew Thornton, Spectera, MVP, DAVIS, United Healthcare, Aetna, NEI, Health Allies, Cigna, Cole and GM/Delphi; just to name a few. Call 1-866-30-CLEAR to schedule your 45-minute evaluation and see if LASIK is right for you.
Did you know...
Perhaps you’ve been told at some point that you were not a good candidate for LASIK because your cornea is too thin. With traditional LASIK methods, the laser eye surgeon can only calculate treatment based on the depth of the incision made by the microkeratome. However, with a laser, the surgeon can create an extremely precise and uniform flap that can be significantly thinner than previously possible with a microkeratome. This allows for more tissue for treatment and greater safety to the patient.
An all laser, blade-free LASIK procedure called the Da Vinci Femtosecond laser is now offered at Clear Advantage Vision Correction Center,. Clear Advantage was the FIRST center in Northern New England to offer this blade free, LASIK procedure. In fact, the DaVinci Femtosecond laser is one of the newest, and most advanced bladeless lasers on the market today.
Instead of using a blade to create the corneal flap prior to the LASIK procedure, the DaVinci Femtosecond laser uses an extraordinarily fast and ultra precise laser that essentially creates millions of air bubbles in the cornea that overlap creating a “bubble” on the front of the eye, which is then gently lifted and enables the surgeon to begin the vision correction.
For more information about Bladeless LASIK visit www.ClearAdvantageLaser and look for the Da Vinci Bladeless LASIK web page under the Procedures tab, or call us at 1-866-30-CLEAR.
Vision Correction Helps the Military and NASA
Did you know that the Femtosecond blade-free LASIK surgery is considered so safe, fast, accurate, and virtually pain-free that it is the preferred choice of the military and NASA? Clear Advantage even offers military discounts for service members that are good LASIK candidates. If you are in the military or want to know more about LASIK surgery, visit us at 155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 200 East or call 1-866-30-CLEAR.
Considered one of the top surgeons nationally, Dr. Tim Peters has recently accepted the role of Clinical Consultant for Bausch & Lomb. Having already completed several clinical studies for Bausch & Lomb, Allergan, and Alcon, Dr. Peters has been providing research data to the FDA in an effort to assist Bausch & Lomb with developing new and beneficial advancements for technologies and custom hyperopic procedures. Additionally, based on his reputation and field expertise, Dr. Peters has been invited to speak at numerous national ophthalmic conferences; the most recent being on the DaVinci bladeless LASIK system at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in April 2008.
UNH Has Won a National Marketing Competition for Bausch & Lomb, Earning the School a $3,000 Award
Students of UNH's Whittemore School of Business and Economics' marketing workshop class worked all semester developing a marketing plan to convince students and faculty on campus to try laser eye surgery in a competition for Bausch & Lomb.
Four of the class' 24 students presented their marketing plan at Bausch & Lomb headquarters in late may and ended up walking away winners. The victory was the culmination of a semester's worth of work during which students tested out many of the marketing practices they had only read of previously.
"I think the thing they like the most is the freedom to create marketing programs and then to execute them and see if they work," marketing workshop instructor Peter Masucci said."Until you actually do it, you don't get a sense of how these things actually work." Students worked with laser eye surgery provider Clear Advantage Vision Correction Center in Portsmouth, which uses Bausch & Lomb products, to drive business to the center.
Many consider laser eye surgery to be mainly for older folks, and students faced an uphill challenge convincing peers that the surgery can benefit young people who qualify, too, said Jenna Vocci, who was one of the four to go to Rochester, N.Y.
Students decided to hold a"Vision Olympics" on the lawn in front of UNH's Thompson Hall where students played a variety of games first using vision impairing glasses and then without. The demonstration was meant to show students how much vision correction can help.
The games ended up being a resounding success with many students showing up to a later question and answer session on laser eye surgery. Eventually four students went through with the vision correcting procedure, and more are still coming in for the initial evaluation.
Students in the class also created an unmistakable balloon display that included a large balloon with two smaller balloons on it that looked like eyes, said Masucci, an adjunct professor of marketing. He said strings attached to the balloons included little bits of information for passersby, such as saying that laser eye surgery recovery takes only 24 hours.
"The eyeball balloons were very, very catchy because you can't miss them," he said. The innovative"Vision Olympics" and eyeball balloons were a hit with the Bausch & Lomb executives and propelled the students past teams from California, Texas and South Carolina.
Although students themselves didn't receive any award money, Vocci said the know-how they picked up in the process was worth it."When you're looking for jobs a lot of people find that really valuable experience," she said. — Foster's Daily Democrat, June 2007
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