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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Can Israeli Lasers Fix Glaucoma Eyes?

(Image Credit: Israel 21st Century)

Glaucoma is one of those "inevitable diseases" that many people acquire as they age into the golden years of their life.

Previously in order to remove (or counter) this disease, patients had to undergo risky surgery that can potentially damage the eye or use somewhat effective drugs to counteract the "the silent sight thief."

Fortunately it seems as if an Israeli scientists new piece of technology could not only reduce the risk of surgery, but enable surgeons with little experience to perform this complex surgery.

(Israel 21st Century) And Assia is one of the few eye surgeons in the world who can perform the procedure. It requires a surgeon to scrape off a thin layer of the wall of the eye, leaving only a razor thin layer (5%) intact. This layer has to be thin enough for the excess liquid to drain out of the eye and thick enough that the eye remains protected.

Performing such a surgery is like balancing on a tightrope: It is both difficult and extremely risky if something should go wrong. Eyes collapse, infections, cataract formations and more. That is why few choose to operate and opt to prescribe a long-term, but less-effective, drug alternative instead. [...]

Using the IOPtima device, the laser switches off the moment before the eye membrane is perforated - at exactly the same time when the liquid is able to pass through the membrane, but when the membrane is thick enough to keep the eye protected.

According to the article eye surgeons are already impressed with the new device, and are already organizing clinical trials in Canada, Europe and the US.

Note: For those seeking more info about this new device can visit this link for more details.

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