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Cleveland Eye Clinic using device to help patients avoid corrective procedure after cataract surgery

The Cleveland Eye Clinic is using a revolutionary new computer device that helps cataract patients avoid a second surgery to fix a lens. Lenny Rock was a competitive archer until he developed a cataract. “My vision was going. I couldn’t see. That’s the reason I slowed down on competition. It was like looking through a […]

The Cleveland Eye Clinic is using a revolutionary new computer device that helps cataract patients avoid a second surgery to fix a lens.

Lenny Rock was a competitive archer until he developed a cataract.

“My vision was going. I couldn’t see. That’s the reason I slowed down on competition. It was like looking through a fog,” said Rock.

Dr. Bill Wiley of the Cleveland Eye Clinic, (not affiliated with Cleveland Clinic) is the first in Ohio to use the Wave Tec computer known as ORange which uses a laser to precisely measure Lenny’s eye and determine which lens will work best.

ORange is a sophisticated device used to provide real time measurements of the eye during surgery. This is typically not possible with today’s conventional instruments.

ORange works by directing a beam of low intensity laser light into the eye while the surgical procedure is in process. The laser light reflects off of the retina, and sensors in the ORange instrument analyze the reflected wave of light exiting the eye.

Prior to ORange, surgeons were unable to assess the quality of vision during surgery, and would often have to wait until weeks after to determine the accuracy of the surgical results.

Cleveland Eye Clinic tested the device for nearly a year before it became available four months ago.

“It allows us to take measurements in the actual operating room. So once the cataract is out, we take a measurement of the eye to get a true measurement without the cataract blocking it,” said Dr. Wiley.

The Wave Tec ORange machine double checks its measurements before Lenny leaves the operating room lessening his chance of having to come back for corrective surgery. It even noticed that Lenny had some astigmatism and Dr. Wiley was able to correct that too. He would not have been able to see that problem with conventional techniques.

“Every time a patient comes into the operating room, it’s more expensive. If we can eliminate that and do it all in one trip, it saves money and allows for happier patients,” said Dr. Wiley.

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