Revolutionary type of corneal transplant now being performed by Amit Chokshi, MD
Monday, February 28, 2011
Exceptional results are now possible with the integration of the IntraLase Femtosecond laser into the surgical procedure. Initially, the patient undergoes extensive corneal mapping as part of a comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation to determine the need for corneal transplant. Dr. Chokshi then determines parameters to shape both the patient’s cornea and the donor cornea. The precise shape is then created with the Intralase laser. The patient’s procedure is completed in the office and the donor tissue is prepared at the eye bank. The shape of the patient and donor corneas are mirrored to each other, therefore allowing a more precise and custom fit. Dr. Chokshi completes the corneal transplant at an outpatient surgical center by suturing the donor cornea to the patient’s cornea. This method allows the eye to maintain more stability post-operatively. Also, sutures used during the procedure can be removed earlier. The amount of astigmatism after surgery is typically less than a traditional corneal transplant because the laser makes a customized fit.
“Intralase Enabled Keratoplasty allows me to bring the highest level of care to the patients of Jacksonville requiring corneal transplantation. This method will become the standard of care and we are proud to be the first practice in this region to offer it,” stated Dr. Chokshi.
Amit Chokshi, MD, is located in the Reid Medical Building on the Baptist Medical Center – Downtown campus. Dr. Chokshi is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in corneal disease.
About Chokshi and Coluccelli Eye Institute
Chokshi & Coluccelli Eye Institute is located in Historic San Marco on the 9th floor of the Reid Medical Building at 1325 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32207. Ophthalmologist Amit Chokshi, MD, joined longtime and well-known physician, Gerard Coluccelli, MD. Together, they offer state-of-the-art eye care services for the entire family. For more information, go to seeclearjax.com and follow them on Facebook to learn about community programs and special offers.
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Blade-Free LASIK Could Be the Advancement You’ve Been Waiting For
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Since LASIK was first approved in 1999, it has been regarded as a safe and successful method of vision correction. Even so, you’re not alone if you feel hesitant to move forward with surgery, wondering what future advancements may hold. [Insert name of practice] now offers LASIK surgery using the IntraLase Method—also known as all-laser LASIK—and it could be the very advancement you’ve been waiting for.
How does the IntraLase Method improve the LASIK procedure?
The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating a corneal flap, the thin layer of tissue the surgeon folds back to expose the part of the eye that is reshaped during the LASIK procedure. Now you can have a LASIK procedure that’s 100% blade-free, exceptionally advanced, and has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients.1
Prior to the IntraLase Method, doctors created corneal flaps with an instrument called a microkeratome, which is a fine, oscillating, hand-held steel blade. Although LASIK complications are extremely rare, when they do happen the microkeratome is commonly the cause.
The IntraLase Method, by contrast, eliminates the need for [insert physician’s name] to use a blade at all. Instead, the computer-guided IntraLase laser delivers rapid pulses of light, a quadrillionth of a second each, to a pre-programmed depth and position within your cornea. Each pulse forms a microscopic bubble. As the IntraLase laser moves back and forth across your eye, the bubbles connect to form a corneal flap. Just prior to LASIK surgery, the doctor gently lifts the flap where these bubbles have created a smooth surface.
LASIK surgery has advanced steadily over the years; the technology used to measure your visual error prior to surgery has become more powerful and corrections can be optimized to your needs. Until the IntraLase Method, however, the creation of the corneal flap was the one step that lacked the technological sophistication of the rest of the LASIK procedure. As it turns out, that step is an important one in terms of providing you with the best possible LASIK experience.
In addition, if you were not eligible for LASIK surgery performed with a microkeratome due to steep, flat, or thin corneas, you may now be a candidate with the IntraLase Method. In fact, IntraLase training has become part of the curriculum at most of the ophthalmic teaching institutions and is rapidly being adopted by eye care practices around the world.
IntraLase is the most advanced technology for corneal flap creation available today, and will give you greater confidence and assurance in moving forward with laser vision correction.
The FS and iFS Laser systems are ophthalmic surgical lasers indicated for use in patients undergoing surgery or treatment requiring the initial lamellar resection of the cornea. Contraindications may include corneal edema, glaucoma, and keratoconus. Risks and complications may include corneal pain, flap tearing, and epithelial ingrowth. Consult with your eye care professional for a complete listing of contraindications and risks. US Federal law restricts this device to sale, distribution, and use by or on the order of a physician or other licensed eye care practitioner.
REFERENCE: 1. Tanzer DJ, Schallhorn SC, Brown MC, et al. Data on file. IntraLase Corp. 2005.
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