New Lens Technology at MCG Restores All Vision

New Lens Technology at MCG Restores All Vision

Lasik surgery has been around for years, but recently the FDA approved a restored lens procedure that’s doing what Lasik can not.
The Medical College of Georgia is now using the new technology.

Reading a recipe and cooking without glasses is a luxury Cherry Witteman was living without, until she got sick of it.

“With me I just couldn’t see so I couldn’t read, whereas before I could see distance, could see print, didn’t have any problems because I wore glasses but the glasses weren’t working, ” said Cherry McPherson Witteman, who had restored lens surgery.

She considered Lasik surgery, but since she had cataracts and would eventually have to have surgery for that she was a perfect candidate for restored lens surgery.

“Patients with cataracts get double benefit. They get rid of their cataracts and the need for glasses but patients with difficulty changing focus for up close vision would also benefit from this lens,” said Dr. Bala Ambati, Director of Cornea Services at the MCG Dept. of Opthamology.

That’s because unlike Lasik which only corrects either distance or near vision, the restored lens replaces the eye’s old lens and corrects both at the same time.

“The lens is constructed with multiple rings within the body of the lens that are able to split light into a distance focal point and a near focal point, ” said Dr. Ambati.

Cherry had her right eye done last week and her left eye on Wednesday and says the difference it life changing.

“For the first time, I can wake up at night and I can see in the room and I can get up in the morning and I can see. I don’t have to go look for my glasses, ” said Witteman.

Dr. Ambati says the risks are very low like other eye procedures, and for someone afraid of pain, no problem.

“Iwas quite hesitant about it and there’s absolutely nothing to it, ” said Witteman.

Nothing except clearer results.

The positive vision changes are permanent since doctors are replacing the lens. But, the procedure won’t prevent other problems like Glaucoma.

New York to Monitor Diabetics

New York to Monitor Diabetics

(AP) – New York City medical officials hope a new health code regulation making it the first city to keep track of people with diabetes will help save lives.

The city will occasionally use its database to prod diabetics to take better care of themselves.

Diabetes is the fourth-leading cause of death in the city, but people who aggressively monitor their condition are less likely to develop fatal or debilitating symptoms.

The city’s health commissioner says the program’s potential to save thousands of lives outweighs concerns over medical privacy.

He said people skittish about their privacy will be allowed to opt

Diabetes killed about 1,800 New Yorkers in 2003, the last year for which figures were available.

CDC Reports West Nile Cases Up, Especially Along the Gulf Coast

CDC Reports

(AP) – Health officials say aggressive action after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita helped limit the impact of mosquito-borne illnesses.

Officials had worried that water left by the storms would offer
more breeding grounds and cause mosquito populations to explode.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says human cases of West Nile virus jumped 24 percent this year in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.

But health officials are more concerned about West Nile cases that result in serious diseases like encephalitis and meningitis.

Those cases actually grew only 17 percent, more slowly than the national average.

A CDC epidemiologist says large-scale evacuation, pesticide
spraying and other efforts may have helped limit the hurricane

Overall, health officials say West Nile cases grew more than 16 percent in the U.S. this year.