Cutting Edge Technology

Cutting Edge Technology in Cataract & Glaucoma Treatment

The Cataract and Glaucoma Center in El Paso, Texas, is well outfitted with state of the art technology to ensure you receive the most effective and painless treatment possible.  While other clinics must schedule procedures like Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) at a hospital, The Cataract and Glaucoma Center offers such therapies on the premises, often on the day of your initial appointment.  Both eastside and westside locations are fully equipped with all the instrumentation detailed below.  

Glaucoma Evaluation and Treatments:

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) – The Cataract and Glaucoma Center is the only doctor’s office in El Paso to offer SLT.  SLT is an advanced, painless treatment for open angle glaucoma, the most common type of glaucoma.  The laser is gentler and far more precise than traditional laser therapies: SLT targets specific cells and stimulates them to allow the eye to drain, relieving the intraocular pressure of glaucoma.  As opposed to lasers used in the past, the SLT does not burn or scar the cells, it merely activates them to drain the excess fluid from the eye.  With SLT there is no tissue damage of any kind.  SLT may be used independently, or along with, glaucoma medications.  The SLT approach to glaucoma treatment may reduce or even eliminate the need for a lifetime of medication. 

Cirrus™ HD-OCT Optical Coherence Tomography Instrument—The Cataract and Glaucoma Center is proud to be the only clinic in El Paso offering the Cirrus HD-OCT, an instrument which allows the doctor to perform a virtual biopsy without surgery of any kind.  The Cirrus HD-OCT provides high definition images and assesses damage to the optic nerve and retina. It is 64 times faster than previous retinal and optic nerve scanners while providing significantly greater sensitivity and specificity.  This instrument is especially important for our diabetic patients, who are most likely to have a condition called macular edema.  The Cirrus HD-OCT lets the doctor check for macular edema, making sure the eye is safe for surgery.  This device also allows the doctor to follow macular edema if it occurs after surgery. 

Heidelberg Retina Tomograph III (HRT III)— This instrument allows the doctor to see a 3-D map of your retina and optic nerve, both of which are located inside your eye.  Absolutely painless, this instrument is useful to detect early glaucoma and to accurately track any progression of this disease.   The HRT III Retinal Module is also used in diagnosing and monitoring macular edema, a condition common with diabetic patients.   

Ultrasonic Pachymeter -  Glaucoma is a condition of high pressure in the eye, but there are other causes of high eye pressure besides glaucoma.  Sometimes high pressure may appear to be present when the clear surface of your eye, called the cornea, is unusually thick.  The doctor uses this instrument to measure your corneal thickness and see if apparently high pressure is the result of thick corneas, rather than glaucoma.  

Humphrey Automated Visual Field – Glaucoma can cause a loss of peripheral vision.  This vision loss can progress so subtly that even the patient doesn’t realize how much his eyesight has changed.  The Humphrey Automated Visual Field is the most accurate way to follow changes in your field of vision.  

Canon CRD-Gi Digital Fundus Camera – This instrument takes a digital photo of your retina and optic nerve to monitor many disease processes including retinopathy and glaucoma.


Cataract Evaluations and Post Cataract Treatments

Konan Endothelial Camera--  The Cataract and Glaucoma Center’s east and Westside locations are only sites in El Paso offering the innovative Konan Endothelial Camera.  This apparatus is a high speed, high magnification microscope that allows the doctor to examine the cornea carefully to make sure the eye is healthy enough to allow successful cataract surgery.  The Konan Endothelial Camera can be focused on the thinnest part of the cornea.  Examination with the Konan Camera before treatment is among the many sophisticated assessments The Cataract and Glaucoma Center applies before surgery to ensure safe and successful outcomes.  

Zeiss Visulas Ytrium Aluminum Garnet III Laser (YAG III Laser) – Following cataract surgery, sometimes the body’s natural healing process creates a thin layer of tissue behind the implanted lens.  This cell regeneration is perfectly normal, but it leaves a cloudy film that obstructs vision.  The YAG III Laser is quick and painless treatment to clear this cloudy film.  The procedure is much like a regular eye exam and only takes a few minutes.  There is very little trauma to the eye and essentially no risk of infection.   

Zeiss Humphrey ATLAS Corneal Topography System –For our patients who choose premium lenses, the doctor uses this machine for an in-depth examination of your cornea, the clear surface of your eye.  The instrument creates a topographical map of your cornea and provides the measurements so the doctor can choose the perfect customized lens for you. 

Zeiss IOL Master – When your cataract lens is replaced with an artificial lens, it is critical that the replacement lens fit your needs perfectly. The Zeiss IOL Master takes these precise measurements quickly and painlessly. The instrument, which uses laser measurements, requires less than a minute to take multiple detailed dimensions of your lens, and never even touches the eye.

Quantel A and B Scanner--  Sometimes cataracts can be so mature that laser instruments can’t read through the cataract.  This instrument uses ultrasonography, allowing the doctor to see inside the eye, sure your eye is healthy enough for surgery.

Zeiss Humphrey Autorefractor/ Autokeratometer – checks your vision, corneal shape and helps the doctor prescribe appropriate glasses.

Contact our El Paso Ophthalmology office today for more information or to schedule your appointment.