NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new development in cataract surgery may make this vision-saving surgery safer.
Thanks to a tiny wire loop – that was partly developed by eye doctors in New York City – surgeons have cut down the swelling and inflammation usually associated with the procedure.READ MORE: New York City Students Return From Holiday Weekend To New Attendance Policy
Helen Polynsky needed surgery for cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye which can affect vision. The condition is mostly related to aging. “I couldn’t see anything that was happening on the stage, just some silhouettes,” Polynsky, an avid theater goer said.READ MORE: Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says He Will Not Run For Governor
Polynsky’s doctor, Kira Manusis, of New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai used the new handheld device called the “MiLoop” to treat her right eye.
“Generally we take out the cataract and break it up in the eye using either ultrasound energy, laser energy, and both of those modalities deliver energy into the eye,” Dr. Manusis explained. “MiLoop can do the same thing, but without delivering that energy.”MORE NEWS: Candlelight Vigil Tonight For Michelle Go, Woman Pushed In Front Of Train At Times Square Subway Station
Dr. Manusis says the new technology allows patients to recover faster from eye surgery. Polynsky had some discomfort right after the procedure, but says she could see perfectly within a day.