Top Technology and Precise Practice

When you entrust something as important as your eyesight to someone, you want the best and brightest. That’s why Niswander Eye Center remains current on all the latest technologies and practices in total vision care. Using cutting edge equipment and technology makes a difference in the quality of our results. Niswander Eye Center offers patients the most comprehensive and advanced combination of diagnostic and treatment technology, such as laser-assisted cataract surgery. When our expertise is combined with the power of improved technology, the best possible visual results can be achieved. Many of our patients find that better vision improves their overall sense of well-being. Learn more about the top technology used in procedures at Niswander Eye Center below.

Laser Precision

The development of laser technology has dramatically changed the ways some eye diseases are treated. Niswander Eye Center offers a variety of laser treatment methods including retinal lasers for diabetic eye disease and retinal tears, after cataract treatment and various glaucoma treatments. Laser treatments lessen the time, cost and complexity of these types of procedures, and reduce vision loss more effectively than traditional surgical tools. In some cases, laser treatments can restore vision that was previously lost.

Laser light is not radiation, like X-rays or gamma rays. It is coherent light of one color (or wavelength) traveling in the same direction. The light can be used for procedures when it becomes highly concentrated through the use of mirrors and lenses. An ophthalmologic laser is produced in this manner. When laser light is produced, it passes through a system of mirrors and concentrates on one focal point. The closer the light gets to its focal point, the stronger the beam becomes. Then the laser is used in precise ophthalmologic surgical procedures. Treatments are essentially painless, and often take just a few minutes.

Limbal Relaxing Incisions

Patients with astigmatism can choose to have limbal relaxing incisions (LRIs) performed at the time of cataract removal. By replacing the older hand-held instruments with the precision of a computer-controlled laser, the precision and accuracy of the surgical procedure are maximized. Corneal shape can be precisely improved to reduce and eliminate corneal astigmatism. The treatment reduces the steep curvature of the cornea and improves the way your eye focuses light. It tends to heal faster and cause fewer side effects than other astigmatism procedures.

YAG Capsulotomy

During your cataract surgery, our doctor replaces your clouded lens with an artificial one to correct your vision. However, some patients later may experience a gradual clouding behind their new lens, known as an “after cataract” or secondary membrane. Although this causes blurred vision, it is readily treatable.

Niswander Eye Center specializes in a procedure called YAG laser posterior capsulotomy. The posterior capsule is the fine skin left behind to support your intraocular lens after your cataract surgery. This capsule can sometimes collect cloud-causing protein, which results in a return to blurred vision. The YAG laser is used to create an opening in the clouded capsule, allowing a clear path for light to flow. This clears the clouding of vision and leaves the capsule intact so your IOL remains supported.

Benefits of YAG laser treatment:

  • Improved vision
  • Virtually pain-free
  • No incisions, so no risk of infection
  • Outpatient procedure
  • Cost- and time-effective
  • Reduced healing time
  • Less eye trauma