Enjoy Youthful Vision Again
Cataracts affect your vision. They don’t have to affect your life.
Texoma LIVING WELL Magazine
The three board certified physicians at RGB Eye Associates in Sherman are pioneering the next phase of cataract and lens exchange surgical treatment. With the acquisition of the Catalys® and ORA System®, two advanced technologies that complement one another, we offer the most sophisticated cataract surgical procedures available. With greater precision than with previous surgeries, cataracts are now removed using laser-assisted procedures and vision is restored to what many people describe as the clarity they enjoyed in their youth. That’s a life-changing benefit made possible by the precision of advanced Femtosecond laser technology and the skill of the experienced RGB surgeons.
“Our proactive practice philosophy has been that patients come first and we will secure any proven innovation, technique or technology that provides a better outcome for our patients,” says Robert G. Burlingame, M.D. “Once, cataract surgery was about preventing blindness. We now have an unprecedented level of safety and precision for cataract surgeries, as well as premium lens options that allow for clearer, uncorrected visual acuity. These are exciting advancements and we are honored to bring them to Texoma.”
What are Cataracts?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of your eye. Cataracts are quite common, affecting about 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40, although they occur most often in people over 60. One or both eyes may be affected. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55. Symptoms include cloudy vision, difficulty seeing at night, double vision, “halos” around lights, sensitivity to light, or colors that seem dull or faded.
Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures available today with over a million procedures done each year. In fact, it’s the most common eye surgery performed by the ophthalmologists at RGB Eye Associates. Previously, surgery consisted of simply removing the cataract, which alleviated the symptoms but did nothing to correct vision problems associated with astigmatism or presbyopia. Later technology offered greater options, but the surgeon still had to wait weeks after performing the surgery to determine your vision results. Now there’s a new standard; an unparalleled precision process that changes everything.
Catalys® is a revolutionary laser refractive cataract surgery option utilizing highly customized procedures with astounding accuracy. It allows the surgeons at RGB Eye Associates to perform cataract and lens exchange surgeries to precise specifications not possible with standard cataract surgery.
“Improved accuracy is one of many benefits to the patient,” says William B. Plauché, M.D. “Catalys® is the only laser platform designed specifically for laser cataract surgery, so you have the assurance of knowing that you are receiving the most precise technique available for the removal of your cataracts. It’s been described as a merger of technology and surgical ingenuity. We’re excited about it and know our patients will be as well.”
The ORA System® guides the use of advanced technologies and allows our surgeons to ensure that the IOL (intraocular lens) is precisely selected and placed, which ultimately gives you a better visual outcome.
“Everyone’s eye structure is different,” says Andrew D. Bossen, M.D. “Advanced cataract surgery allows us to ‘read’ the eye measurements in real time, which allows us to combine superior lens removal technologies and premium IOLs. It tailors the procedure to each individual eye so that not only is the cataract gone, but eyesight may be restored to the crisp, vibrant vision you had when you were younger.”
What are the Benefits?
Like a fingerprint, every eye has a unique size and shape. Prior to treatment, CATALYS® images your eye and makes precise 3D maps of relevant structures. This enables our surgeons to create a tailored treatment plan that is customized for your eye.
With the latest technology, the physicians at RGB Eye Associates can create an optimally sized, shaped and centered circular opening to access and remove your cataract, placing the new artificial lens exactly where intended.
The CATALYS® laser softens the hard cataract, enabling your surgeon to remove it more gently and with significantly less ultrasound energy than was used in traditional manual cataract surgery. This gentle, low energy approach reduces inflammation and helps speed visual recovery.
Dr. Burlingame, Dr. Plauchè, and Dr. Bossen talk with their patients about options for premium lens implants, including monofocal lens for vision at one distance, multifocal or accommodating lens for near, intermediate and far vision, or toric lens for correcting higher levels of astigmatism.
Using the ORA System®, the ophthalmologists can measure your eye to refine your outcomes during the procedures, rather than having to “wait and see” as with traditional cataract surgery.
Whether you’ve had LASIK or have astigmatism, an ORA-guided cataract procedure gives you the security of knowing you can have the best possible outcome, reducing the chance of needing an additional procedure later.
How Long is Recovery?
Cataract surgery usually takes less than 20 minutes. You can expect little or no discomfort during treatment and after surgery. During the laser portion, some patients describe seeing a kaleidoscope of lights. Most people resume normal activities the very next day. Your sight may continue to improve for several days or weeks after surgery. The RGB Eye Associates team will talk with you about post-surgery activities and answer any of your questions.
Why Choose RGB Eye Associates?
Obviously, trust is important where your eye health is concerned. All three ophthalmologists at RGB Eye Associates are family men who live in Texoma. You can be assured that Dr. Burlingame, Dr. Plauchè and Dr. Bossen will recommend only those procedures and treatments that are necessary to maintain your eye health and vision. Each physician practices medicine with a sense of gratitude for his ability to help patients and families. Additionally, the three are men of faith, with a commitment to their communities and those they are privileged to serve. They are pleased to offer their patients the benefits of the most advanced systems available anywhere. They recognize that while there is certainly a saving of time and money in receiving services locally, the new technology offers their patients the very best systems possible.
Of course, everyone’s eyes are different and outcomes vary. You’ll want to make an informed decision after talking with the physicians and professional team members at RGB Eye Associates about what choices are available to you. Because we are committed to your comfort and safety, we will talk with you about any recommended procedure, answering your questions and providing you with detailed information. All surgeries include some risk, so it is important to read the material you will be given prior to treatment and address any concerns. RGB Eye Associates team members want to ensure that you have the most current, accurate information about possible indications, limitations and risks, as well as expected benefits.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this remarkable technology is that it allows us to provide the most accurate and precise results possible for each person, even in those cases where LASIK surgery has previously been done,” says Robert G. Burlingame, M.D. “RGB Eye Associates was established on the principle of valuing our patients; putting them first. Securing the most advanced equipment available is one of the ways we put that philosophy into action.”
You are invited to visit RGB Eye Associates in our new location coming this fall, at 1625 Highway 75 North in Sherman. Call 903-892-3282 for more information. Or, visit the website at RGBeye.com.