Lasers help bring cataract surgery in focus

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There are a number of advantages to using the laser in cataract surgery. Mainly, the surgeon can plan the exact size of the eye capsule opening that is needed for the replacement lens. With lasers, the doctor can also determine the exact pattern in which the old lens will be broken up.

Tests prior to the procedure include obtaining a colored image of the surface of the eye and measuring the length of the eye.

A detailed clinical slit exam is required to assess the thickness, color and hardness of the problem lens. Any weakness in the support of the lens or abnormalities on the lens capsule must be spotted.

This information leads to a plan of action which is entered into the laser software. Modifications can be programmed and, in difficult cases, a second opinion can be obtained.

Laser cataract surgeryis safe as it does not stress the lens capsule or its support. The same holds true in traumatic cataract cases where trauma weakens the support.

Use of the laser is beneficial in making openings in eyes with thick capsules such as those of children.

In people with white or red cataracts, the capsule needs to be stained manually to be visualized, and still it may be difficult to get a good view of the area. The laser overcomes this challenge as it employs imaging in real time and vertical cutting to avoid any traction on the zonular support system.

Obamacare Prelex and Romney

The biggest threat to our country is the deficit facing us. So say the experts. This sentiment was echoed by the candidates for 2012 election from all parties in a town hall meeting with the doctors. What they further stressed that their main worry is health delivery. Medicare is on the brink of  economic collapse. If people did not need so many surgeries while on medicare the reimbursements can decrease, and medicare may be saved. President Obama has come with an approach termed Obamacare. Governor Romney was the architect of a program in Massachusetts which enabled insurance for all.

We would like to introduce a program called Khannacares. The s at the end of the word is very significant. As a physicina Dr. Raj really cares for his patients and would like to take that approach to washintion through his readers and reoresentatives.

Whats the big difference? Obamacare and Romneycare only ensure insurance for all. Khannacares stresses health for all. What use is having insurance if you can’t find providers? If you find a provider, they may be not interested in risking their license and career for the measly amount paid by the insurance for a tough procedure. Where is the safety net? By insuring buying insurance all we have achieved is guaranteed revenue for the insurance industry. Its time we shifted the focus to actual human beings. Lets shift the focus from the well meaning bureaucrats in washington to people in their communities.

We would like to stress that Insurance industry, corporations and Washington D.C are all staffed or run by people. The rhetoric of labeling Washington D.C and Corporations with various epitaphs for sound bytes needs to end. Doctors need to be actively involved to save the best health system in the world.

P.S Did you miss prelex in this bog?