Tuesday January 31st, 2023 6:09PM

State's 1st bladeless laser cataract surgery performed in Gainesville

By Staff
GAINESVILLE ― Gainesville Eye Associates performed the first bladeless laser cataract surgery in Georgia Tuesday.

Gainesville Eye Associates ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Chapman Jr. and Dr. Clayton Blehm were recently certified to perform the surgery, which is similar to Lasik surgery technology. The bladeless surgery uses a computer-controlled laser that allows the eye surgeons to plan and perform the surgery to exact, individual specifications not attainable with other surgical procedures.

"The new laser technology gives us more precision than manual techniques. It's much less invasive when removing the cataract from the eye and it helps improve lens placement," Chapman said. "The benefit to the patient is that laser surgery is safer, more accurate and offers a faster recovery. It also minimizes changes to refractory vision, meaning fewer patients develop astigmatism or other vision problem after the surgery."

Cataracts are a clouding of your eye's natural lens that occurs in people ages 55 years and older. In fact, half of all Americans have them-or have had cataract surgery-by age 80. Cataracts can make sharp objects appear blurry, make colors look dull, and cause trouble seeing at night.

"As cities in the Northeast Georgia region continue to be named great places to retire, and the over-55 community grows, this population will benefit from a new option for cataract surgery," Chapman said.

Gainesville Eye Associates recently invested in the LenSx® laser to provide its patients with the option to have this unique surgery. There are fewer than 50 practices in the U.S. performing bladeless laser cataract surgery, and Gainesville Eye Associates is the only practice in the state of Georgia offering this procedure.

"This is more evidence that Gainesville and Northeast Georgia are among the leading areas of the state in medical advancements," Chapman said. "We are fortunate to live and work in an area where the medical community is always striving to make advances in patient care. Northeast Georgia Medical Center's Ronnie Green Heart Center being ranked No. 1 in the state for seven straight years is strong evidence of that."
© Copyright 2023
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Retired Georgia Power exec dies
Retired Georgia Power executive and Gainesville civic leader Miller Watkins, Jr. has died.
1:25PM ( 9 years ago )
'Over the top' for a Gainesville bank
A Gainesville bank president got a surprise Friday morning as the bank celebrated a successful capital campaign for 2011.
11:56AM ( 9 years ago )
Meeting to examine N. Gwinnett transportation, land use, urban design
The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (CID) plans an open house next month on its Gwinnett Livable Centers Initiative (LCI).
7:08AM ( 9 years ago )
Business News
Scores turn out to welcome 2012 in Cornelia
Scores of people turned out in Cornelia to ring in the new year at the eighth-annual Apple Drop.
11:58PM ( 9 years ago )
Female motorist takes intruder on wild ride
Police in Savannah say a woman who found a masked, armed man in the backseat of her car as she was leaving work took the uninvited passenger on a wild ride before crashing her vehicle.
10:59PM ( 9 years ago )
One dead after SUV is hit by State Patrol in Atlanta
Police say a 54-year-old Loganville woman has died and three others traveling with her were injured when their sport utility vehicle was struck by a Georgia State Patrol cruiser at an Atlanta intersection.
10:52PM ( 9 years ago )
Local/State News
Hall County re-issues objection to Buford annexation
A developer is making another effort to construct a giant warehouse and distribution center along McEver Road and in response Hall County is refiling an official objection to that application, an objection that the county had withdrawn just two weeks ago.
9:15PM ( 3 hours ago )
Gov. Brian Kemp calls President Biden to overturn SK Innovation ruling
Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statement calling for President Biden to overturn the International Trade Commission ruling on SK Innovation.
5:16PM ( 7 hours ago )
Jefferson Police search for bank robber
The Jefferson Police Department is looking for a man who robbed the Peach State Federal Credit Union on Lee Street Tuesday afternoon.
3:48PM ( 9 hours ago )
Growth, change in values factor into rise of local tap rooms, distilleries
Many Gainesville natives will tell you that they never would have imagined seeing multiple tap rooms and even a distillery within walking distance of the downtown square.
3:00PM ( 10 hours ago )
AP source: NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, then himself
A person briefed on a mass killing in South Carolina says the gunman who killed five people including a prominent doctor was former NFL player Phillip Adams
1:41PM ( 11 hours ago )