THE STORY: HOW WE INVENTED IT
Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique
The story of how Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique came to exist goes back to the summer of 2008. At that time we were in the planning stages of our AAAHC accredited Ambulatory Surgical Center – The Tampa Surgery Center. It was during that planning that our founder and president, T. Hunter Newsom, MD, made a forward-thinking decision that would one day lead to the invention of the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique. That decision was to place our femtosecond laser in the sterile confines of the Tampa Surgery Center.
Pictured here is a prototype of the Newsom Bladeless Laser Disc. This device makes Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique possible using the femtosecond surgical laser. The femtosecond laser is the laser that surgeons worldwide use to perform the All-Laser LASIK procedure. It is the industry accepted standard to house and operate the femtosecond laser within clinical office environments and retail office spaces associated with LASIK surgery. However, Dr. Newsom’s strong belief in delivering the highest standard of care led him in a different direction and he determined that his LASIK patients should have their procedures performed in the same sterile and controlled environments as his cataract patients. This decision was key as it meant that the laser would be housed in the same sterile operating room where Dr. Newsom performs cataract surgery weekly.
Soon after opening the Tampa Surgery Center, Dr. Newsom began to wonder about the use of his femtosecond laser during cataract surgery. Knowing that the femtosecond laser was capable of producing the most predictable and precise incisions, Dr. Newsom and his research team set out to develop a technique for modifying the femtosecond laser so that the laser might be used to perform micro-incision cataract surgery.
They quickly enlisted trusted medical device supplier Rhein Medical to assist them in designing and manufacturing a device that would allow the laser to perform cataract surgery incisions. Through an iterative design process the team developed the device that we now refer to as the Newsom Bladeless Laser Disk.
Once the device was manufactured to specification they continued the R&D process by performing clinical trials of corneal laser incisions using donor tissue.
After nearly two years, Dr. Newsom’s goal of performing laser cataract surgery was realized when in the summer of 2011 the first patients received Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique at the Tampa Surgery Center.
Today, patients at Newsom Eye continue to benefit from Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery Technique. As a validation of our efforts, our peers in the industry have taken a great interest in the technique and Dr. Newsom has begun to share his invention with Ophthalmologists nationwide.
As with any vision correcting surgical procedure there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Any patient interested in laser cataract surgery should seek a consultation from a Newsom Eye surgeon to determine if the procedure is right for them.