Published: Mar 24, 2014 3:43 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 24, 2014 3:49 PM EDT

Dr. Jonathan Frantz is First Cataract Surgeon in Florida to Offer VERION Advanced Technology

After introducing bladeless laser cataract surgery to southwest Florida in 2012, one of the most innovative and respected surgeons in the country Dr. Jonathan Frantz has now taken cataract surgery to the next level with the VERION Image Guided System. Dr. Frantz is thefirst and only surgeon in Floridato offer the VERION, which is part of our area’s only full Cataract Refractive Suite.  

“Cataract surgery has come a long way. From the use of hand-held blades a decade ago to the use of bladeless laser technology, and now to the very recent advancements in the type of operating machines and software, cataract surgery has become safer, more accurate and precise.Adding the VERION allows me to offer my patients the most advanced fully computer-guided technology possible for their cataract surgery,” said Dr. Frantz. "There is no use of a blade and no loss of blood, which means the risk of infection is significantly lower and recovery is much faster," added Frantz. 

The four systems of the Cataract Refractive Suite at Frantz EyeCare allow for seamless and synergistic integration of the various surgical technologies. They work together to maximize Dr Frantz’s skills as a surgeon and offer laser guided precision, increased accuracy, and improved safety for better visual outcomes.

The four systems include:

  • The VERION Image Guided System,which tracks your eye from the planning stages of your surgery to your actual cataract procedure. Because patients have dilated pupils for cataract surgery, the VERION image allows the lens to be centered on the patient’s normal pupil, which is different than the center of the dilated pupil. The VERION captures a high-resolution image of the patient’s unique eye when the patient’s eye is undilated, then maps out iris and scleral details, as well as pupil size and centration. This “fingerprint of the eye” helps Dr. Frantz create an optimized surgical plan that guides him through the procedure to insure accurate centering and positioning of the intraocular lens and laser incisions. 
  • The LenSx Laser, which is the global leader in Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery, operates with unmatched accuracy and computer control, helping Dr. Frantz customize the procedure to the patient’s eye. By adding computer control to key steps of cataract surgery, the LenSx Laser helps ensure the highest-precision surgical incisions. The VERION image is transferred to the LenSx laser for the most accurate centration and positioning of all the steps of cataract surgery.
  • The LuxOR Ophthalmic Microscope,which allows Dr. Frantz to see every facet of the procedure in crisp, brilliant detail. The VERION image is transferred to the operating microscope. A heads-up display shows the previously recognized iris and scleral details as well as centered pupil and map of astigmatism. This allows the most accurate placement of the lens and most precise surgery possible.  
  • The CENTURION Vision System,which utilizes an intraocular sensor and the most advanced fluidics system available, is designed to work seamlessly with the other technologies to help maintain consistent intraocular pressure (IOP) throughout the surgical removal of the cataract. More stable IOP leads to safer surgery.  

“I’m very excited about this new system. It integrates the preoperative planning of a cataract procedure to guiding me in the operating room during the key steps of the procedure. This allows for improvements in efficiency, accuracy and precision, all key factors in delivering the most accurate results for my patients with greater consistency,” said Frantz.

The combination of Dr. Frantz’s experience, the most advanced technology, and a wide choice of intraocular lenses offers area residents unparalleled cataract surgery.  

A thorough eye examination can detect the presence and extent of a cataract, as well as other conditions that may be causing blurred vision or discomfort.  To make an appointment for a cataract evaluation, visit www.bettervision.net or call the main office of Frantz EyeCare at 239-418-0999.

Jonathan M. Frantz, MD, FACS, is named in The Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists. He and his team of doctors at Frantz EyeCare offer a broad spectrum of patient-focused comprehensive care from eye exams and eyewear to bladeless laser cataract removal, treatment of eye diseases, bladeless iLASIK laser vision correction, and eyelid surgery with office locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda, Lehigh Acres, and Naples.