Dr. Thomas LoBue and the team at LoBue Laser & Eye Medical Centers believe it is important to invest in technology and equipment that makes treatment safer, more precise and more effective for our patients. No expense is spared when it comes to the safety and comfort of our patients as we improve their eye health and vision. The following is a sample of the technology we offer at our practice.
Laser-assisted and ORA-Guided Cataract Surgery
Dr. LoBue uses laser technology to enhance the safety and precision of cataract surgery. The advanced femtosecond laser replaces handheld surgical tools for many steps in the cataract fragmentation and removal process. It creates clean incisions to access the cataract-diseased lens that are more likely to heal without complications. Then the laser softens the lens before fragmenting it into small pieces; this requires less energy than the ultrasound energy used in traditional cataract surgery, making this step of the procedure less risky.
Other forms of technology are also available for a fully customizable experience. For example, prior to surgery, integrated optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used to capture high-resolution images of the eye; this information is then used to plan and perform surgery to the exact specifications of the patient. The ORA system provides continuous optical status throughout the procedure, making astigmatism correction and lens implant power more accurate. The Verion image-guided system helps Dr. LoBue take the pre-operative images he needs, then plan out the procedure and guide him during surgery.
ORA – Intraoperative Astigmatism and Intraocular lens calculation.
PanOptix and Toric Lenses
After a cataract has been successfully removed from the eye using the advanced technology described above, the lens is replaced with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). The better and more advanced the IOL, the less dependent the patient is on glasses after cataract surgery.
Dr. LoBue offers a variety of vision-restoring IOLs, including the PanOptix trifocal IOL, which enables clear vision and enhanced image quality at virtually any distance. Another option is the toric lens for correction of astigmatism.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
In addition to its use in cataract surgery, optical coherence tomography or OCT is also used by Dr. LoBue in the management of glaucoma and other retinal diseases.
Not all of Dr. LoBue’s technology is designed for cataract patients. He uses state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCT) to actively manage glaucoma and other retinal diseases. The system allows the doctor to take high-resolution cross-section images of the biological structures of the eye to detect problems and monitor progression of the disease.
Corneal topography is a diagnostic tool that produces a detailed, three-dimensional map of the surface of the cornea. The information obtained by the Pentacam corneal topography system is used to understand the shape and power of the cornea and to help diagnose, monitor and treat a number of eye conditions. Corneal topography is also useful when fitting contact lenses or planning laser vision correction.
Endothelial Cell Count
The cornea, or clear covering of the eye, is lined with special cells known as endothelial cells. Adequate endothelial cell density is required for any patient seeking treatment with phakic intraocular lenses or implantable contact lenses for refractive errors. Using specular microscopy technology, Dr. LoBue can check endothelial cell density pre-operatively and monitor it periodically following implantation of the artificial lenses to ensure the continued health of the endothelium.
Learn More about Our Technology
For more information about the technology used at LoBue Laser & Eye Medical Centers, please call or email our practice today.