Charlie Daniels undergoes 'smart eye surgery'
Jun 12, 2012, 10:06 a.m.
Nashville, TN Country music legend Charlie Daniels recently underwent a revolutionary new “smart eye surgery,” performed by Dr. Ming Wang of Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center. Wang was the first cataract surgeon in Tennessee to introduce the procedure, a groundbreaking surgical technology designed to improve cataract surgery outcomes.
Daniels, 75, is an icon in the country music world and is known far and wide for hits such as “Uneasy Rider,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “In America,” and “Simple Man,” among many others. In recent years, Daniels suffered from sight loss due to progressive cataracts and hyperopia. He was very excited to be among the first group of patients in the state to undergo the revolutionary new “smart eye surgery.” Both surgeries were a complete success, and Daniels says he is doing great and has “two smart eyes now!”
The OptiWave Refractive Analysis, ORA System, is the world’s first intraoperative wavefront aberrometer that provides real-time measurements of the eye during cataract surgery, according to Wang. Prior to this technology, surgeons have had to wait weeks or even months after surgery to determine the accuracy of the procedure. Now, the surgeon can instantly analyze the result and make real-time adjustments while the patient is on the table, then customize the procedure to each patient’s eye.
A Harvard and MIT graduate and Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Wang has introduced many new eye surgery technologies to Tennessee, including bladeless all-laser LASIK and LASER cataract surgery.
“Wang Vision is deluged to be the first in the state to offer this revolutionary cataract surgery technology to patients, to offer Mr. Daniels this new technology,” Wang said. “Just like a smart bomb, which can constantly adjust its own flight path depending on the weather conditions or terrain, the ORA technology offers surgeons the unprecedented ability to examine and adjust surgical procedures, including the power of the intraocular lens implanted and the amount of residual untreated astigmatism, during surgery in real time. So in that sense, this is indeed a ‘smart surgery’ concept.”
As Wang explained, the ORA System directs a beam of low-intensity laser light into the eye. The light reflects off the patient’s retina, and sensors analyze the reflected wave of light exiting the eye. This real-time analysis measures all of the eye’s unique optical characteristics and provides an accurate measurement of the eye’s focusing capabilities.
“With the revolutionary ORA System, a cataract surgeon can now, for the first time, individualize and customize the treatment based on the state of the patient’s eye once the cataract has been removed,” Wang concluded.
For more information about the “smart eye surgery” and Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center, visit www.wangcataractlasik.com.
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