|or Immediate Release
March 20, 2000
|Contact: Michele Hay
The Eye Clinic of Texas
Farsighted Patients Now Able To Undergo Laser Vision Correction Surgery At The Eye Clinic Of Texas
Founding fathers of laser vision correction surgery to begin procedure on Nov. 15
League City, Texas – For nine years, Bernard A. Milstein, one of the founding fathers of laser vision correction surgery, has performed the procedure on thousands of nearsighted patients and those with astigmatism, thereby repairing their vision and allowing them to forego their eyeglasses and contact lenses. Now, with a recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), farsighted patients can participate in the procedure as well. Milstein and the ophthalmologists at The Eye Clinic of Texas are now performing laser vision correction surgery on farsighted patients.
“We have always had the technology to perform laser vision correction to treat hyperopia (farsightedness), but the procedure had not been approved by the FDA,” said Milstein, who performed the first, laser vision correction surgery in the State of Texas in 1991. “This announcement will allow patients with up to .4 diopters of hyperopia to enjoy the benefits of this simple procedure,” he added.
Laser vision correction surgery uses a computerized, cool-beamed excimer laser to precisely reshape the surface of the cornea so that light rays can focus correctly on the cornea. There are two types of laser vision correction surgery that are currently performed: photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Both PRK and LASIK are very similar procedures; they differ only in that they use a different instrument to prepare the surface of the cornea for the laser portion of the surgery. FDA approval of the procedure for farsightedness specifically uses the Apex Plus excimer laser to reshape the cornea.
The entire outpatient procedure takes 20 minutes, and the patient is comfortable and relaxed during the entire time. After the procedure is completed, some patients experience slightly blurred vision for a few days and many patients begin to see more clearly within hours after the procedure. Patients wear an eye shield to prevent them from rubbing their eyes for the next 24 hours. Clear vision without the hassle of corrective lenses begins to occur within 12 hours.
The Eye Clinic of Texas was one of 10 U.S. eye centers selected in 1991 to participate in the initial clinical trials for PRK. “Because we introduced laser vision correction to the State of Texas, we have a level of credibility in the market,” said Milstein.
Both the PRK and LASIK procedures are performed at The Laser Center, which is adjacent to The Eye Clinic of Texas, located at 1100 Gulf Freeway in League City. The Center has served the Houston/Galveston area since 1996. Dr. Bernard A. Milstein, Dr. Allan Fradkin and Dr. Daniel Gold practice at The Eye Clinic of Texas in the League City location, as well as in Texas City and Galveston where they offer a full range of eye care.
For more information on the laser vision correction surgery, including the new farsighted procedure, or to schedule a consultation, call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 281-332-3937.