Portable new procedure helps doctors remove cataracts in a flash
by: Maureen McFadden
Cataracts are an unfortunate part of aging for millions, but a new device is helping doctors remove cataracts with less risk of damaging delicate tissue.
Cataracts affect more than 22 million Americans over the age of 40 and are a leading cause of blindness worldwide.
A new portable device for cataract removal is speeding recovery time and may make the procedure available to patients in countries where there have been very few treatment options.
Beverly Mims’ vision problems started in her 50s and got progressively worse.
“When I started to read, I’d have to hold the paper up above,” Beverly said.
Magazine print that once was clear was just a blur. Beverly had cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye.
Traditionally, doctors have used a laser probe to break up the cataract.
“It’s almost like having a stone in your eye, and breaking that up sometimes requires a lot of energy,” Dr. Sean Ianchulev said. “That energy is not good for the eye.”
Ianchulev, a Harvard-trained doctor, helped develop a new device to more easily remove the cloudy lens. It’s called miLOOP.
Source: WNDU 16