Laser Cataract Surgery

Edina Eye Clinic is one of the first in Edina to offer patients the new standard in precision cataract surgery with the CATALYS Precision Laser System. Using CATALYS, Shawn Gross, MD, Rhondi Meiusi, MD, and Donald Ristad, MD can provide a gentle, highly customized cataract procedure with precision not achievable with traditional manual techniques. We also have premium lens options such as the ReSTOR® Intraocular Lens that correct AcrySof® Toric Intraocular Lens that corrects for astigmatism. The latest premium lens technology is the Symfony Lens which provides high-quality continuous vision so you can see clearly at near, intermediate and far-away distances, and points in between, while wearing glasses less. Extended Range of Vision Symfony lenses are available in both a Non-Toric version and a Toric version for patients with astigmatism.

What is CATALYS?

Developed by Silicon Valley-based OptiMedica Corp., CATALYS is a new FDA market cleared medical device that features a state-of-the-art laser, advanced 3D imaging, and many other innovative features that can bring numerous benefits to Edina Eye Clinic patients.

How Does It Work and What Are the Steps?

Every eye has a unique size and shape. CATALYS' advanced 3D imaging technology builds a 3D map of each eye and tailors the treatment to that map. This enables Edina Eye Clinic surgeons to create a customized treatment plan that matches the uniqueness of each eye.
Next, Edina Eye Clinic surgeons use CATALYS to create a circular opening for accessing and removing the cataract. Clinical studies have shown that this opening is approximately 10 times more accurate when performed with CATALYS than what is achievable by hand.1,2CATALYS then softens and breaks up the hard cataract into tiny pieces, allowing for gentler, easier cataract removal.3
Depending on the patient's pre-operative vision and desired visual result, Edina Eye Clinic surgeons may recommend a tailored treatment plan that could include creating ultra-precise laser incisions in the cornea and a specific clear lens type, such as a multi-focal lens. This tailored treatment may reduce a patient's need for glasses or contacts after surgery.

What Are the Benefits of CATALYS?

  • A highly customized procedure using advanced 3D imaging
  • A treatment with little or no discomfort
  • A more precise treatment
  • A gentler and easier cataract removal
  • Generally, a more rapid visual recovery due to reduced inflammation4
  • The opportunity to receive tailored treatment with advanced technology multi-focal lenses, which may reduce the need for glasses or contacts after surgery
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Intralase LASIK

The Edina Eye clinic offers the latest techniques in laser eye surgery featuring IntraLase Bladeless LASIK technology. Our pricing includes all surgeon's fees, Fairview Southdale Hospital Eye Care Center facility fees, and a year's worth of post operative care, including a complete eye exam at the end of one year.

What is IntraLase Method?

The IntraLase Method is a 100% blade-free approach to creating your LASIK flap – the thin flap of tissue that the doctor folds back in order to perform your LASIK procedure. The IntraLase Method can only be performed using the IntraLase Laser.
Traditionally, doctors have used an instrument called a microkeratome for the creation of LASIK flaps. The microkeratome is a hand-held blade that moves across the eye, cutting the LASIK flap as it goes. LASIK is extremely safe but if complications do occur, the microkeratome is frequently the cause.
The IntraLase Method, by contrast, enables your doctor to create an individualized LASIK flap without a blade ever touching your eye.

How Does It Work?

With the IntraLase Method, tiny pulses of laser light, a quadrillionth of a second each, pass harmlessly through the outer portion of your cornea and form a uniform layer of microscopic bubbles just beneath the surface of your eye.
The exact dimensions of this layer of bubbles are determined by your doctor based on what's best for your eye, and are computer controlled for maximum precision – things that are not possible with a hand-held blade. The IntraLase flap creation process takes about 15-20 seconds per eye and a total of 10 minutes for the entire LASIK procedure.
When it's time for your LASIK treatment to be performed, your doctor easily lifts the flap to apply the LASIK treatment. When LASIK is complete, a flap created using the IntraLase Method is uniquely able to “lock” back into place. Your eye then begins to rapidly heal.

Is it Right for Me?

If you're looking for a blade-free treatment that virtually eliminates the most severe sight-threatening complications, the answer is yes.
The IntraLase Method also delivers outstanding results – it has been shown to improve outcomes for more patients. Patients may experience faster recovery, fewer LASIK flap-related complications, and fewer induced higher order aberrations. higher order aberrations may contribute to visual disturbances such as glare and halos.

What Else Should I Know?

  • It's preferred by patients.
In a clinical survey of LASIK patients who had their LASIK flaps created using a blade in one eye and the IntraLase Method in the other, the vision in the IntraLase-treated eye was preferred 3-to-1 (among those who stated a preference).
  • It's safe and trusted.
Millions of procedures have been performed safely and effectively using the IntraLase Method.
  • It's the most advanced treatment there is.
The IntraLase Method gives your doctor an extremely high degree of surgical control for exceptional outcomes.
Ultimately, the 100% blade-free IntraLase Method gives patients more confidence and less anxiety going in for LASIK treatment, and excellent vision coming out.

Eyelid Surgery

What is Blepharoplasty?

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct drooping upper eyelids. It does not remove crow's feet. This procedure is not purely cosmetic because drooping eyelids often interfere with peripheral vision. They may also cause “tired” eyes and aggravate dry eye symptoms.

Is It Covered by Insurance?

If a significant decrease in the superior field of vision is felt to be due to the drooping eyelids, insurance companies will consider coverage of this procedure. Documentation via photography and peripheral vision testing must be performed preoperatively. This testing is done in our office following a doctor's recommendation.

Who Should Have This Surgery?

Patients who are experiencing eye irritation and decreased peripheral vision should let their eye doctor know of these symptoms. If an examination points to the drooping eyelids as a cause, the doctor will recommend the appropriate tests and subsequent surgery. Medical conditions such as hypo and hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, and diabetes may affect this condition. Patients on blood-thinners including medications such as coumadin, plavix, aspirin, and ibuprofen should discuss this with their doctor preoperatively.

What Does the Surgery Involve?

Blepharoplasty is done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and sedation keeping the patient very comfortable. An incision will be made in the natural crease of the eyelid, excess tissue removed, and the incision will be closed with tiny absorbable sutures. Post-operative medication is typically limited to an antibiotic ointment. There is not typically post-operative pain, but bruising and swelling around the eyes may occur. As the eyelids heal, the incisions gradually fade with changes occurring for a full year after surgery.

Lifestyle Lens Implants

AceySof Toric Intraocular Lens

The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is an ideal solution for patients with both cataracts and astigmatism. Astigmatism is a common vision condition that can result in the blurring of your vision, whether looking near or far, while cataracts develop as you age and cloud your vision. This can affect how you perform and enjoy everyday activities such as writing, using a smartphone or driving. Astigmatism usually occurs when the cornea or lens is misshapen and, if you have astigmatism, chances are you already wear glasses or contact lenses to correct the problem.
The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is designed to replace your clouded lens while also correcting your astigmatism in one step. This can significantly improve your functional vision for activities such as night driving.1 The AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL can greatly reduce, or even eliminate, your need to wear glasses for sharp distance vision, though you will likely still need glasses for reading.
Ask your doctor if AcrySof® IQ Toric IOL is right for you.

ReSTOR Intraocular Lens

For most cataract patients, life without reading glasses or bifocals is something they either experienced before presbyopia or they just dreamed about for most of their lives. But today, the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is turning those dreams into reality with its revolutionary lens technology, which is designed to allow patients to see clearly at all distances without bifocals or reading glasses. The AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is now available and delivers a high level of glasses-free vision for cataract patients.
In the clinical study, 80% of patients receiving the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL reported that they never wear glasses for any activities. With the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOLthey can read a book, work on the computer, and drive a car – day or night – and play golf or tennis with an increased freedom from glasses.
In fact, patients were so pleased with their vision, nearly 94% of patients said they would have the AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL implanted again, if given the choice.
Until recently, most patients had their vision improved with a monofocal IOL. Although the quality of their distant vision was excellent, most patients needed reading glasses to see near objects. AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL provides a full range of vision, decreasing the dependency on reading glasses or bifocals.
Ask your doctor if AcrySof® ReSTOR® IOL is right for you.