University Of Texas Southwestern Studies Excimer Laser For Treating Farsightedness With Combined,,Astigmatism

DALLAS -- September 28, 1998 -- When Richard Segars was growing up, kids would call him "Coke Bottle" -- a cruel reference to the thickness of his eyeglasses. As a teen-ager, he tried contact lenses, but an allergic reaction made them impossible to wear. Although Segars, now a 37-year-old sheriff's deputy, accepted the fact that glasses might always be a part of his permanent uniform, he never gave up hope that one day there would be an alternative.

That hope finally paid off, and Segars, the first patient to undergo a revolutionary laser treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, now has sharp vision to prove it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given ophthalmologists at the medical center approval to begin correcting moderate degrees of farsightedness accompanied by astigmatism with an excimer laser. UT Southwestern is one of only seven clinical research sites in the nation and one of the first to begin correcting the condition using this investigational outpatient procedure. Although UT Southwestern ophthalmologists have been using Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) laser to correct farsightedness (hyperopia) for several years, this is the first surgery of its kind to also treat astigmatism.

"This has been an incredible experience for me," said Segars. "I've always been behind glass. I assumed that the procedure would improve my vision and put an end to wearing glasses, but I never would've imagined what it feels like to look up at a clock on the wall or the bottom line of an eye chart and, for the first time, see it with my own eyes."

During the procedure -- which is currently being done at Zale Lipshy University Hospital's Laser Center for Vision -- a cool beam of light gently reshapes the surface of the cornea, thereby improving vision. Patients who undergo the procedure may reduce or eliminate their dependence on corrective lenses for distance vision, limiting the need for glasses or contacts.

Contact: Rachel Donihoo
(214) 648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Indiana University researchers closer to helping hearing-impaired using stem cells
2. Boston University team finds link between high cholesterol and better cognitive performance
3. University seeks recruits for arthritis study
4. University of Manchester awarded 826k for brain science and mental health research
5. $4 million grant boosts University of Michigan campaign for a new childrens hospital
6. Lead in the environment causes violent crime, reports University of Pittsburgh researcher at AAAS
7. Next generation body scanner launched by the University of Manchester
8. University of Washington joins new Autism Treatment Network to provide better medical services
9. Binghamton University launches microelectronics research center
10. University of Manchester makes made-to-measure skin and bones a reality using inkjet printers
11. RelayHealth selected by Columbia University to link doctors and patients online

Post Your Comments:

(Date:7/22/2020)... ... July 22, 2020 , ... Ocean Tomo Transactions, LLC will ... manufacturing processes from Brock University for jurisdictions throughout North America, Europe and Asia. ... University provides the manufacturing processes of novel opioid related compositions for pain management ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... ... 2 article on Daily Mail reported on a fitness model who recently appeared ... says that her first procedure, unbeknownst to her, was performed by a dentist and not ... her procedure, only to find out the doctor did not have the proper license. She ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... With government legislation stating that hospitality ... of staff wear either a mask or visor, there has been a drastic increase ... quickly, which has led to a spike in single-use plastic products being produced. ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 18, 2020 , ... The Dentists, LLC is ... Jersey community for over 35 years. NJ Top Dentists, Dr. Georgette Bennardo-Meggelin and Dr. ... provide you with exceptional dentistry. , “We are committed to making our patients’ treatment ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... ... Inversion therapy is defined by Healthline.com, as a technique where the individual “is ... theory is that if the body’s point of gravity is shifted, pressure on the ... and upper body as the "weights" needed to stretch the neck and spine out ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... The Women’s Fund ... to let those who are experiencing abuse know that services are available 24/7, ... through the Miami-Dade County’s Coordinated Victim’s Assistance Center (CVAC) helpline. Although there hasn’t ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 10, 2020 , ... ... company and advanced manufacturing solutions provider today announced that their CANSWAB™ nasopharyngeal swabs ... The Company has engineered a new 3D-printed swab design and has trademarked the ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... ... The team at The Keyhole Heart Clinic have been hard ... offers a multitude of user enhancements and streamlined navigation for a more intuitive user ... menus which will allow patients to find the information they need quickly. Of particular ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: