In mid-March, Dr. Bernard Milstein of the Eye Clinic of Texas performed a surgical procedure on twin patients to correct nearsightedness using Zeiss VisuMax® laser technology for “flapless” laser vision correction. The procedure was approved on March 1 by the FDA for the commercial use.
One week later, Dr. Milstein spoke with Guidry News about the outcome of the surgery and the potential benefit to patients who live an active lifestyle. He said the twin male patients being avid sports participants were perfect candidates for the surgery and that other lifestyles such as those in the military as well as the general population will benefit from the treatment. Listen (7:32)
Dr. Milstein explained that the ReLEx® SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) procedure “corrects nearsightedness by removing a thin, microscopic, lens-like disc of corneal tissue from within the cornea, thereby changing the shape of the cornea to afford clear distance vision. Unlike traditional laser vision correction, the ReLEx® SMILE procedure does not involve the creation of a flap, and no corneal tissue is ablated.” He added that there is virtually no pain or “down time” to endure.
Eye Clinic of Texas offers this procedure at its League City, Texas location.
Dr. Milstein said that ECOT is participating with lens manufacturer, Zeiss in training more ophthalmologists to do the surgery by offering ECOT’s facility in League City where the equipment is housed.
Dr. Milstein has practiced ophthalmology at The Eye Clinic of Texas since 1972. He specializes in cataract surgery, refractive lens surgery, and LASIK laser vision correction. As an investigator in the original FDA studies for the excimer laser for the treatment of myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia, he was the first ophthalmologist in Texas approved to perform refractive surgery using an FDA excimer laser. Dr. Milstein also was among the first doctors in the country to implant the ReSTOR® multifocal lens, an intraocular lens implant designed to allow patients to see near, intermediate and distance ranges of vision without the need for glasses after cataract surgery.
Dr. Milstein is a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a past president of the Texas Ophthalmological Association, and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Additionally, he was chairman of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He has appeared on countless local and national newscasts and is often consulted by attorneys and journalists as an expert in the field of ophthalmology.
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