FORT MYERS, Fla. - The newest technology in Southwest Florida is a real eye opener. Dr. Jonathan Frantz is the first surgeon in the area to offer laser cataract surgery. He'll unveil the technology next week on several patients.
"This is the biggest advance in cataract surgery in over 20 years," said Frantz, "people have thought that when we were doing cataract surgery we were doing it with a laser...we were not."
Instead the procedure has relied on ultrasound and small incisions made by the surgeon. But Frantz says "there's no way that I can make incisions by hand that will be anywhere close to the precisions that I can get with a laser."
Laser cataract surgery is new technology. It was first performed in the U.S. two years ago. Since then only about 100 surgeons in the country have offered the procedure.
Some in the field say the jury is still out on the effectiveness of the surgery but Frantz says it will become the new gold standard.
Aside from small incisions, the laser can be customized for your eye. It also uses less ultrasound energy and can potentially offer you better eye sight after the operation.
"We have patients who don't want to wear glasses after surgery, and that's who this surgery is for," said Frantz.
Prices are still being set, but other doctors across the country have charged upward of $1,700 for the procedure.