Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Physicians Perform First Known Pediatric Laser Surgery For Farsightedness

LOS ANGELES (March 25, 1999) -- A laser technique approved by the Food and Drug Administration last November for correction of farsightedness in adults has been used for the first time to treat a child, allowing a 12-year-old boy to shed unattractive glasses and enjoy a more active life.

Kenneth Wright, M.D., a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of pediatric patients, performed the operation on Feb. 11. He was assisted by James Salz, M.D., an ophthalmologist who specializes in laser surgery.

The patient, Kiley Bedwell, has from birth battled an unusual condition in which the vision in one eye is normal but the other is extremely farsighted. Kiley had 20/20 vision in his right eye but he was legally blind in his left. According to Dr. Wright, when one eye is able to focus and the other remains extremely out of focus in childhood, the brain learns to "turn off" the blurred image. Glasses usually provide only minimal help because by the time they are fitted, the brain has been trained to ignore the message from the out-of-focus eye.

Kiley's parents, Marty and Linda Bedwell, first took Kiley to Dr. Wright when they became aware of their son's vision problems when he was 5. For more than six months, he often wore a patch over his "good" eye to force his brain to work with his out-of-focus eye. He also wore glasses to improve the vision in that eye to 20/60.

Those glasses, however, always had one clear lens and one extremely thick one, which not only created an unflattering appearance but also hindered Kiley's depth perception, curtailing his involvement and success in sports and other activities.

"It's very hard to wear glasses with a 6-diopter difference," said Dr. Salz, referring to the disparity between the clear lens and the thick one. "In fact, most adults can't do it. If you put glasses like that on an adult, they'd feel like they were on a boat."

Dr. Salz served as principal investigator at Cedar

Contact: Sandra Van
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Cedars-Sinai medical tipsheet for Dec. 2004
2. Cedars-Sinai October 2004 medical tipsheet
3. Cedars-Sinai Medical tipsheet for May 2004
4. Cedars-Sinai receives full AAHRPP accreditation for all research involving human subjects
5. Cedars-Sinai March medical tipsheet
6. Cedars-Sinai researchers identify a gene that causes insulin resistance in Mexican Americans
7. Medical geneticist at Cedars-Sinai awarded $8.5 million NIH research grant
8. Cedars-Sinai researchers detail events that enable brain tumors to weaken immune system
9. Cedars-Sinai Medical tipsheet for July 2003
10. Cedars-Sinai researchers to present findings at Amerian College of Cardiology Scientific Meeting
11. Patients who need cardiac resynchronization therapy may be eligible for Cedars-Sinai clinical trials

Post Your Comments:

(Date:9/3/2020)... DALLAS (PRWEB) , ... September 03, 2020 , ... ... healthcare veteran Rob True has been promoted to the role of Vice President ... world-class customer service experience, leading the Professional Services team, and providing invaluable executive ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... September 03, 2020 , ... ... it is sponsoring the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual signature event, ... million people across hundreds of U.S. cities to raise awareness of suicide prevention. ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... September 03, 2020 , ... The ... the focus of Fall 2020 Virtual Conference, a two-day virtual event for radiology ... Imaging & Beyond" is the follow-up to AuntMinnie.com's successful virtual event in spring ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... September 03, 2020 , ... The American Medical Spa Association ... 7, to Saturday, April 10, 2021, at Wynn Las Vegas. The event had ... trade show for non-invasive medical aesthetic practices that brings together owners, physicians, nurse ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... KY (PRWEB) , ... September 03, 2020 , ... ... living with memory impairment, has announced the Best Memory Care Facilities in Louisville, ... experts, facility features and amenities. , According to the Alzheimer’s Association ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Sickle Cell Disease Association of America will ... of events and supporting the events of member organizations. National Sickle Cell Awareness ... and treatment of sickle cell disease. , “Individuals and organizations can join our ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... September 03, 2020 , ... Q&J Face ... https://www.colorado.edu/lab/vance/masks ), an aerosol and engineering lab, conducted tests on Q&J’s personal face ... COVID-19 virus than many other masks. Q&J face masks have both mechanical filtering ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... September 03, 2020 , ... Using Analysis of Variance — A Practical ... 2020, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT, https://www.fdanews.com/anova , How much would it help ... one can’t become one in 90 minutes, one can master a powerful statistical technique ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: