Who Invented Cataract Surgery?

01/29/19

Who Invented Cataract Surgery?

While most of the time research centers on the latest technology, it is interesting to look back on through history to learn about the development of cataract extraction surgery.

The term cataracts has a long history. Deriving from the word cascade, which infers both a haziness of the point of convergence as well as a storm of waters, the root term derives from the Greek word υπόχυσις (kataráktēs) which suggests a fall of water. The Latins called it suffusio, extravasation and coagulation of humors behind the iris; and the Arabas, white water. Linguists have contemplated the possible source of the term cataracts even dating back to Egyptian times. Fortunately, we do not have to look this far to find the history of cataract surgery.

Prior to the cataract extraction surgery, a procedure called couching was commonly performed. During this procedure, a sharp or blunt instrument would dislocate the cataract lens, pushing it back into the posterior chamber of the eye. The earliest documentation of this procedure dates back to the 6th century B.C. However, with with a much higher incidence of complications and greater risk of subsequent blindness this procedure is now antiquated since the discovery of cataract extraction surgery.

History tells us that the first modern European physician who successfully extracted cataracts from the eye was Jacques Daviel, the French ophthalmologist. On April 8, 1747, Daviel performed the first extracapsular cataract extraction. This procedure is regarded as the first significant advance in cataract surgery since couching.

Now, Cataract removal is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States and it is estimated that over 3.5 million operations are performed each year.

During cataract removal surgery, the ophthalmologist uses anesthetic eye drops to numb the eyes, as well as I.V. medication to relax the patient. During a safe and proven process called phacoemulsification, the surgeon breaks up the cataract and “vacuums” it from the eye pouch. The intraocular lens (IOL)  implant is then inserted. In most cases, a suture is not needed. The entire process takes 15 minutes.

With the new lens in place, patients often remark about how bright, crisp and clear their vision is. Advances in lenses have allowed for patients to select from premium lenses, often furthering vision enhancement. Some patients who select such lenses may even find that they no longer need glasses after cataract surgery.

There is a lot of information available on the internet. The best facts about cataracts come from ophthalmologists with education, training, and experience in cataract surgery. Community Eye Center’s cataract surgeons have collectively performed thousands of successful cataract removal surgeries. To learn more, please visit the link below.

 

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The History Of Age Related Macular Degeneration

01/29/19

As February is nearing, so is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month. With so much to do in Southwest Florida this time of year, the everyone at Community Eye Center (CEC) realizes that it is easy to get busy and forget about the importance of routine eye health care. Because the eye health professionals at CEC consider it their duty to inform about the prevention and treatment of eye conditions, this article aims to share information about ARMD.

First described in 1885 by, Swiss ophthalmologist, Haab, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) has been researched, defined and classified in numerous schemes. Now, this eye disease has been placed in two primary forms: nonexudative (dry AMD) and exudative (wet AMD).

Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the light-sensitive cells in the macula gradually break down, resulting in distortion of sharp, central vision. Whereas, Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration occurs when the dry form advances. When this happens, blood vessels in the eye begin to leak blood and fluid. Loss of vision can happen very quickly.

When diagnosed and treated in early and intermediate stages, vision loss is often slowed, and progression to the wet form reduced. Numerous treatments and medications exist for the ARMD. At Community Eye Center, the eye health professionals agree that the best treatment options for Age-Related Macular Degeneration are designed with the individual patient in mind.

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Facts About Age-Related Macular Degeneration

In some people, AMD advances so slowly that vision loss does not occur for a long time. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in one or both eyes. As AMD progresses, a blurred area near the center of vision is a common symptom.

 

 

Ophthalmology Around The World

01/09/19

Ophthalmology And Treating Cataracts Around The World

Some may think of their work as an obligation and travel as a luxury. However, the eye health professionals at Community Eye Center (CEC) understand the impact that combining the two can have on people.

Many know that CEC’s eye surgeons perform advanced eye research as well as thousands of vision-restoring procedures in Florida, annually. However, did you know that some of the doctors have also taken the practice around the world? Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Schaible packed up their bags with their passion for ophthalmology when they collectively traveled nearly 10,000 miles in their mission of bettering the lives and vision of others.

If you ask any of the ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians or staff at Community Eye Center about “I Care. Eye Care.,” you will learn that it reaches beyond the broadcast airing in Southwest Florida. This philosophy of care is the cornerstone upon which the entire practice is built. This patient-centric approach to care incorporates the mission of CEC and involves attending to each patient’s individualized needs as well as providing a superior level of eye care to deliver the best outcomes possible.

Because this philosophy of care is found inside the character of the providers at CEC, “I Care. Eye Care.” is not confined within the walls of the facility.

Community Eye Center eye surgeons take their practice to new places, helping people around the world.

For example, Dr. Spadafora took this purpose-driven method with him when he traveled to Florence, Italy. While there, he toured The Morgagni Clinic (Morgagni is known as “The Father of Cataract Research,” with his name as a legacy to his foundational work) and shared research experience with some of the areas top medical providers. During the trip, Dr. Spadafora expanded his skills and knowledge when he observed/performed cataract surgery as well as complex glaucoma surgery.

Dr. Schaible also carried “I Care. Eye Care.,”  with him on his journey to the Panamanian Jungle. On this excursion, he and a team flew to an area in the Panamanian Rain Forest where they performed cataract surgery on 42 villagers.

While in the Panamanian Jungle, he did not have access to the same technology and resources. At St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center, Dr. Schaible and all of the eye health professionals are well-equipped with advanced resources. The technological capabilities and resources provided by St. Lucy’s Eye Surgery Center contribute to a high outcome of success in Dr. Schaible’s vision-restoration procedures and surgeries. Even without all of the technology, all of the eye surgeries and procedures he performed during his expedition were without incident.

Providing excellence in care requires intense dedication. While traveling for leisure can be extremely fun and beneficial, Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Schaible found it just as satisfying to see the world with a purpose.

In the past 38 years, the doctors and staff at Community Eye Center have established and strengthened the meaning behind “I Care. Eye Care.,” in Florida. Dr. Spadafora and Dr. Schaible lived “I Care. Eye Care.,”  thousands of miles away from their practice. Every day, the physicians and staff members at CEC bring”I Care. Eye Care.,” to life by providing excellence in eye care with a personalized approach to patients.

Is Your Family At Risk For Glaucoma?

If you have a family history of glaucoma, you probably already know about it. Speaking to your aunts and uncles and other family members is an excellent way to find out what health problems your family is prone. But, to begin a conversation about glaucoma, you must know what it is.

A group of diseases having a few types, Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma makes up about 90% of all cases of Glaucoma and is part hereditary.

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma can damage the eye’s optic nerve. This damage can result in vision loss and even blindness. Certain people are at higher risk for glaucoma, including African Americans over the age of 40; everyone over the age of 60; and, those with a family history of glaucoma.

Referred to as “The Silent Thief of Sight,” Glaucoma often goes unnoticed without any symptoms until the disease has progressed to the point of vision loss. Vision loss due to Glaucoma cannot be restored.

Those with a family history of Glaucoma should make their eye doctor aware of this and continue with regular eye exams as frequent as the doctor recommends (typically once a year).

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