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October 2, 2013

HRH employs high tech laser for cataract surgery

AVON — Ophthalmologist Daniel Whipple, M.D., from the Whipple Eye Center, 8244 E. U.S. 36, Suite 200, Avon, has been helping cataract patients see better by using a high tech bladeless laser technique.

The LenSx Laser technology is computer guided, which allows the incision into the cornea to be more precise.

Hendricks Regional Health is currently the only central Indiana hospital system currently utilizing the technology.

Plainfield resident Fran Strickler, who suffered from monovision and cataracts, underwent the procedure in July and said it was literally and figuratively a painless process.

“I have honestly been to the dentist and had fillings that were worse than this,” she said. “Probably the most irritating thing was this dam they put in your eye to hold your eye open.”

Strickler said she was aware of her surroundings the entire time as the procedure doesn’t require any anesthesia, just a valium to calm patients down.

“I could hear them talking, they were playing music and we were talking about the Jack Johnson song they were playing — there was nothing to it,” she said. “That day my husband and I went to lunch when we left here and my eye watered that day, but when I got home I just shut all the shades and the next day I was fine. It was the same way with the other eye (when they did it a week later); there was just nothing to it. After the surgery, it was that same day, they stuck something up and I could already see it.”

Whipple acknowledged that the laser is a “phenomenal technological advance.”

“It’s a femto second laser. A femto second is one quadrillionth of a second,” Whipple said. “Can you imagine something that would be that quick, a quadrillionth of a second? It’s run by a computer so you can just imagine the accuracy and precision you can get, versus the traditional way we do surgery, just manually, which works really well, and we’ve done it for years, but with this laser it’s just awesome what we can do.”

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