Patient Care on the Forefront of Technology

Patient Care on the Forefront of Technology

Today, eye care research and technology are constantly evolving. In Western Pennsylvania, Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates continues to set new standards in eye care through its commitment to delivering current technology advancements to not only support medical problems of the eye, but by also using technology to deliver a better quality of life for its patients.

As one of the region’s most innovative and experienced eye physician and surgeon groups, the team at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates offers innovative medical treatments with state-of-the-art ocular diagnostics. More importantly, notes William Christie, MD, cataract surgeon in the practice, “it can also provide the most recent technology to increase a patients quality of life.”

“Our patients tell us they appreciate the time our experienced doctors and staff spend with them explaining their various options and opportunities for attaining better vision leading in an increased quality life,” says Dr. Christie.

For example, Dr. Christie and his team is one of the first eyecare practices in the region to deliver cataract laser technology for any patients undergoing cataract surgery with the CATALYS Precision Laser System– the new standard in precision cataract surgery. The surgery, performed at the practice’s ambulatory surgery center in Cranberry, lasts less than 15 minutes and is nearly painless, with little downtime.catalys-large-inset

Traditionally, cataract surgery resulted in a patient only having access to a single vision lens, providing only good distance vision. This resulted in most patients still needing glasses for reading and viewing objects close up. It also left patients with astigmatism since the surgery didn’t correct this. However, with the introduction of CATALYS laser technology and Multifocal Implant Lenses, it revolutionized how patients experience vision after cataract surgery. With Cataract Laser Surgery many key steps of the procedure that were manually performed can be completed with precision using the laser, leading to a customized vision treatment and a more gentle procedure.

“With Multifocal Lens Technology patients can have a full range of vision, reducing the dependency or eliminating eye glasses after surgery,” explains Dr. Christie. “Combining both technologies, patients experience optimum vision results. With these new technologies, we can even provide patients with multi-focal technology for a full range of vision, before the development of cataracts, providing patients with better vision earlier in their life.”

Selecting a skilled surgeon to provide these options to patients is important, says Jeffrey Rihn, the practice’s chief financial officer. With ten years of Cataract Multi-focal Implant technology experience, Rihn says now all eye physician practices can deliver this cutting edge technology to patients. Dr. Christie has personally performed over 28,000 cataract procedures awhile his colleague, Daniel Zimmer, MD, has performed over 25,000 LASIK procedures.

“Experience like this delivers a safe, comfortable and quick surgical experience,” says Rihn. “Selecting a medical practice that can provide these options and more importantly, explain these options, is critical.”

As a partly covered medical procedure, Rihn stresses these patients should not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a fine tuned, full range of vision. Because cataract surgery only occurs one time in a patient’s life, it’s important for cataract patients to be educated about this technology and more importantly to know they options.

Maintaining offices in Fox Chapel Plaza and Cranberry, Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates provides ample free parking and accessibility along main highways and bus routes. Comfortable offices and its friendly staff helps make your time with them a pleasurable experience.

“Our experienced staff provides exceptional ophthalmic services and individuals who can truly answer any patient’s questions and provide follow-up care as needed,” says Dr. Christie. “We believe in continually evolving as a company in order to serve our patients’ needs by providing them with higher levels of patient care, comfortable offices, and convenient locations.”

 

 

 

Cataract Surgery Options

CATARACT SURGERY: KNOW YOUR OPTIONS.

The Problem of Cataracts.

More than 20 million Americans aged 40 and older are affected by cataracts, the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Cataracts are readily managed by surgery. And with today’s innovative technology, cataract surgery can not only restore vision, but actually improve patients’ quality of life.

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Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates is one of the region’s most innovative and experienced eye physician and surgeon groups, delivering advanced, customized medical treatments with state-of-the-art ocular diagnostics and femtosecond laser technology (Cataract Laser) designed to optimize vision. Reflecting its commitment to evolve to best serve patients’ needs and expectations for longer, more productive lives, it is the first eyecare practice in western Pennsylvania to deliver cataract laser technology with the Catalys® Laser. Combining this technology with 10 years of cataract Multi‑Focal Lens Implant technology experience, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates can offer cataract surgery as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for patients to achieve better vision, removing cataracts and correcting refractive error all in one precise procedure—thus leaving patients with a fine‑tuned full range of vision.

Traditional vs. Laser Cataract Surgery.

Traditional cataract surgery, which is covered by Medicare and other insurances, involved the implantation of a single-vision lens, which provided good distance vision but most often resulted in patients wearing glasses for reading and close-up tasks. It also left patients with astigmatism, since the surgery didn’t correct it. With laser cataract surgery, many key steps of the procedure that were manually performed can be completed with precision using the laser (including simultaneous correction of astigmatism, if needed), leading to a customized vision treatment and a more gentle procedure. Surgeons with access to and experience in these combined technologies can offer patients a full range of vision, reducing the dependency on or even eliminating the need for eye glasses after surgery.

Selecting a Surgeon.

Cataract surgery just became a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When selecting a surgeon to perform cataract surgery, patients should ask these important questions: Can my surgeon explain to me all of my options? Can my surgeon provide me access to the latest FDA-approved technology? Is my surgeon experienced with both traditional and innovative cataract surgical techniques and eyecare? For patients of Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates, the answer to these questions is a resounding yes. The physicians and staff walk patients through all of their options based on their individual needs and desires, offering them a customized procedure to meet their individual lifestyle. The practice offers the latest FDA‑approved cataract laser and Multi‑Focal Lens Implant technology. And the doctors are among the most experienced in the western Pennsylvania region: Dr. William Christie has personally performed over 28,000 cataract procedures, and Dr. Daniel Zimmer over 30,000 LASIK procedures. In addition, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates is one of the top clinical research sites in the world for new ophthalmic pharmaceuticals and devices. Patients have the opportunity to be compensated for their study participation and save on costly medications while benefiting from important and innovative research for eye health and wellness. Regardless of whether they choose to participate in research, patients have access to advanced treatment plans based on new and improved pharmaceuticals and devices.

Convenience and Respect.

With offices in Fox Chapel Plaza and Cranberry, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates provides ample free parking and accessibility along main highways and bus routes. Comfortable offices and experienced, friendly staff help make your visit a pleasurable experience where your individual needs are respected and met. Contact us today to make an appointment for a cataract evaluation!