Source: J&J Consulting

Dan B. Tran MD at NVISION Laser Eye Centers First in California to Perform Cataract Surgery With the Alcon LenSx(R) Laser

A New, Highly Advanced, Image-Guided Laser Is Now Revolutionizing Refractive Cataract Surgery

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 16, 2011) - NVISION Laser Eye Centers' Dan B. Tran, MD is the first eye surgeon in California to perform laser refractive cataract surgery with a bladeless, computer-controlled laser that ensures the highest-precision surgical incisions. The LenSx laser was installed last week at NVISION's Pacific Hills Surgery Center in Laguna Hills, where five customized laser cataract surgeries were performed on August 11, 2011 by Dr. Tran.

"We are proud to offer the most advanced refractive eye care treatments for our patients in Southern California," said Dr. Tom Tooma, medical director of NVISION Laser Eye Centers. "By adding computer control to the most critical three key steps, the LenSx laser enables us to address the refractive goals of our cataract surgery patients and to predictably deliver a premium procedure. The LenSx laser is unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for refractive cataract patients."

LenSx utilizes a femtosecond laser, which has been used to perform LASIK surgery since FDA approval in 2001, and offers an alternative to the mechanical cuts used in traditional LASIK. This technology brought both safety and precision to the surgeon and the patient. This same innovation used for all-laser LASIK is now revolutionizing cataract surgery.

The three key patients' benefits of the femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery versus traditional manual cataract surgery are:

1) The laser provides a more precise circular incision around the cataract, which is associated with more accurate placement of the intraocular lens implant. The main corneal incision is created through multiple planes to reduce the potential for wound leakage. A real time computerized laser imaging system guides the laser beam to the correct target during the surgery.
2) The laser pre-softens the cataract, allowing surgeons to minimize the use of ultrasound energy to remove the cataract lens. Decreased usage of ultrasound energy is associated with faster visual recovery and reduces the chances of thermal injury to tissues inside the eye.
3) Using the laser to create all corneal incisions also allows the surgeon to minimize the amount of astigmatism patients have after surgery, which lessens the needs for glasses subsequently.

"We are thrilled to have this technology available to us. Prior to this, cataract surgery was performed by hand with blades or needles. With the LenSx laser, I am able to perform my patients' surgeries to more exacting, individualized specifications not attainable with other surgical methods. More importantly, I am seeing that my patients recover more quickly and are even more satisfied with their outcome," said Dr. Tran.

"I was a lifeguard growing up and also played golf as I got older and didn't wear sunglasses. By the time I reached 52 and saw Dr. Tran a little over a month ago, the cataract in my right eye was very advanced. I literally could only see out of one eye. It is now one day after surgery and I can already see three lines of the eye chart. And, I know my eyesight will just keep improving in the weeks and months ahead. I am very, very happy with results to date. Dr. Tran and his surgical team at Pac Hills were wonderful," says George Borst of Irvine, Calif.

Rosemary Yaru, an 83-year old resident of Aliso Viejo, Calif., had cataract surgery on her right eye about a month ago via a traditional surgical method; and last Thursday had her left done with the LenSx laser. "Dr. Tran told me at my post-op appointment the next day that my right eye still had swelling a month later while the left eye had less after just one day. The best news is I don't have to come back for an appointment for a month because my eye is healing so quickly after just one day post-op."

For more information on NVISION Laser Eye Centers' cataract surgery with the LenSx Laser, go to To set up a consultation with NVISION for your LenSx blade-free cataract surgery, call 1-877-91NVISION (1-877-916-8474).

About Alcon
Building on its heritage of more than 65 years, Alcon, the global leader in eye care, is the second largest division of the Novartis Group with combined pro forma sales of more than USD 9.4 billion in 2010. Alcon has more than 22,000 employees with headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Alcon's three businesses -- Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Vision Care -- meet the diverse needs of eye care professionals and patients offering the widest spectrum of eye care products with operations in 75 countries and products available in 180 markets. For more information, visit

About NVISION Laser Eye Centers
NVISION Laser Eye Centers has ten locations throughout Southern California from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. In March, NVISION Laser Eye Centers became the first and only provider in California to offer LASIK eye surgery with the Swiss-engineered Ziemer Femto LDVD Crystal Line™ Laser. The Z-LASIK Crystal Plus™ is the highest level of laser vision correction available today.

With more than 1,300 eye doctors who refer their patients and trust their own eyes to NVISION surgeons, NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the Eye Doctors' #1 Choice, and serves the counties of San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Bernardino.

For more information, visit or call 1-877-91NVISION (1-877-916-8474).

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Jennifer Heinly
J&J Consulting