Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 23, 2013

Cutting-edge cataract surgery to be featured on national broadcast

By Bill Piecuch
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — Broadcaster Larry King, one of the most well-known and award-winning figures in the history of television, reached into Crossville Dec. 10 as his video team captured live footage of Dr. Larry Patterson and patient in the midst of a new laser cataract surgery which will be viewed by a national Fox News Business Network television audience.

Patterson, of Eye Centers of Tennessee, will be featured on an upcoming episode of In View, an educational program hosted by Larry King.

Patterson preformed the surgery using a new method which is technically labeled as “LenSx Femtosecond Laser,” a state-of-the-art technology which has proven to be more efficient with better, more predictable visual outcomes than conventional surgery.

“This is an exciting advancement in the treatment of cataracts,” he professed.  The equipment, he acknowledged, requires a large capital investment.  “We see it as an investment in the quality of life our patients desire and expect.”

Patterson was selected by Fox News Business over other candidates. Larry King is hosting In View, which provides enlightening and wide-ranging topics, notable trends and developments to television audiences across the country.  He is well known as host for nightly interview-based television series for 25 years and one of the most recognizable figures on cable news.

Laser cataract surgery is safely and comfortably performed under topical anesthesia with oral sedation. Once the eye is perfectly aligned, a detailed scan is made of the cornea and lens of the eye. The orientation size and shape of the main incisions are programmed into the computer and then precisely etched into the cornea with the laser.

Astigmatism, which causes blurred vision, is treated by programming the specific treatment and then perfectly creating the required incisions.  This emphasis on precision helps improve the visual outcome and improve the visual outcome after the operation.

The laser delivers a series of pulses to a pre-designed pattern based on the density of the cataract.  The cataract is precisely fragments with the laser.  This additional step has been shown to reduce the average time and energy required to remove the cataract by 50 percent or more.  This can lead to quick visual recovery and reduced inflammation.  Dr. Patterson was the first surgeon in East Tennessee to offer this procedure.

And, speaking of quick recovery, the Lake Tansi resident who underwent the surgery, Jim Bridges, said he’s real pleased with the outcome. This is his second cataract operation at the Cataract and Laser Center, located on the lower level of Eye Centers of Tennessee in Crossville. He and his wife, Nancy will do a bit of sight-seeing in January as they ease their way through 14-day Caribbean cruise.

For additional information about laser cataract surgery or to learn the date this will air on Fox News Business channel, contact Eye Centers of Tennessee at 456-2728.