RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Dr. Anthony Novak with the Haag-Streit surgical eye microscope.
A new microscope has transformed eye surgery performed at River Falls Area Hospital.
The Moller-Wedel 615515 eye microscope, which is made by Haag-Streit and cost $51,000, enables ophthalmologist Dr. Anthony Novak to utilize an istent—the smallest implant currently available for patients—in a surgical procedure which was approved in the U.S. in the past year.
"In order to accurately visualize the inside of the eye the microscope is a real key piece of technology," said Dr. Novak. "It enables me to safely and accurately perform the surgeries, which are microscopic operations in the human eye."
The equipment is primarily used for cataract surgeries, but also has applications in glaucoma surgeries, the placement of istents and shunts. The high-level optics and improved LED lighting mean the surgeon has better depth of vision focus, and can judge the positioning of his instruments much more accurately and reliably.
A wireless foot pedal enables the surgeon to adjust focus and angle of the microscope while operating without ever having to move his hands from his instruments.
"Loss of vision is a tremendous quality of life issue," said Dr. Novak. "People can be struggling with their reading, driving, knitting—whatever is important to them—and it can be a safety issue. A lot of people with cataracts have a higher incidence of falling."