Carolina Ophthalmology first in the area to offer bladeless laser cataract removal

Press release

From Park Ridge Health:

Hendersonville, N.C. (January 17, 2014) – Specialists at Carolina Ophthalmology are now offering bladeless cataract removal using the revolutionary Femtosecond laser. This leading-edge system combines image-guided computer technology and focused laser pulses to offer surgeons a more precise option for cataract surgery. Carolina Ophthalmology specialists are performing the procedure exclusively at Park Ridge Health.

“Laser surgery is the next step in the evolution of cataract surgery,” states Dr. James Sbarbaro, board-certified cataract specialist at Carolina Ophthalmology. “With the introduction of this technology, the precision and reproducibility of the surgical process is increased due to the accuracy of the laser.”

The Femtosecond laser system performs surgery customized to each patient’s eye, using focused laser pulses to create incisions in the lens capsule, crystalline lens and cornea. This results in treatments that are tailored to surgeon specifications and help deliver a remarkable degree of accuracy.

Dr. Sbarbaro will be presenting a free “Lunch & Learn” information session on this leading-edge approach to surgery on Monday, Feb. 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Park Ridge Health’s Duke Room. “Laser Cataract Removal: A Bold Step Forward” is a free event, but space is limited, so reservations are encouraged by calling 855-PRH-LIFE (855-774-5433). Attendees can come at noon to enjoy a complimentary lunch from the Café at Park Ridge Health.

To find out more about laser cataract removal or schedule a cataract evaluation, please call Carolina Ophthalmology at 828-693-1773.

About Carolina Ophthalmology: Carolina Ophthalmology has been providing high quality, surgical eye care for patients in Western North Carolina since 1980. Their physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and are specialty trained in the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, corneal disease and eyelid defects. They offer the latest in high technology services such as refractive intraocular lenses, Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA), iStent implants for glaucoma and miniature implantable telescopes for patients with end-stage AMD. With offices located in Hendersonville, Asheville, Columbus and Franklin, the physicians at Carolina Ophthalmology also provide services in the Spruce Pine area. Rigorous training, compassionate care, excellence in surgical procedures and a continuous search for new and better eye treatment is all part of their heritage. To find out more about services offered at Carolina Ophthalmology, please visit or call 800-624-6575 for an appointment.

About Park Ridge Health: Park Ridge Health was built by Henderson County residents, and more than 100 years later is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing quality, compassionate care in a Christian environment. In 1986, Park Ridge Health partnered with Adventist Health System, joining a family of 43 exceptional not-for-profit community hospitals across the country. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health provides personalized care throughout the region, offering a dedicated network of more than 130 primary care and specialty providers, a boutique delivery experience, cardiac care and rehab, state-of-the-art surgical care, nationally awarded cancer services, full-service orthopedic care and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

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