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Helm Vision Center


er said. “We are every woman!” With their all-female staff, they are dedicated to providing personaliz­ed and exceptiona­l care to their patients. 44241 15th St. West, Suite 303, Lancaster 661.949.5850

A Q&A with Dr. Craig J. Romero Helm

Q: Dr. Helm, would you explain the difference between traditiona­l cataract surgery and laser cataract surgery?

Dr. Helm: Traditiona­l cataract surgery involves the use of metal or diamond blades to make incisions through the cornea to access the cataract. A puncture is then made in the front side of the capsule that surrounds the cataract and forceps are used to tear a circular opening through which an ultrasound probe is passed and used to break up the cataract. Generally, in experience­d hands, this technique produces excellent results with standard lens implants. However, there are now more advanced lens implants such as the trifocal lens implant (PanOptix®) and astigmatis­m-correcting lens implants that perform best when they are perfectly centered in the eye. Laser-assisted cataract surgery allows the surgeon to eliminate the variabilit­y inherent with manual techniques and delivers a consistenc­y that offers greater predictabi­lity regarding lens centration. The laser is used instead of a blade to make the incisions in the patient’s cornea, make a perfect circular opening to access the cataract and use laser pulses to soften the cataract and allow it to be more easily removed.

Q: Wow! That sounds a little complicate­d! What are the main advantages of the laser?

Dr. Helm: (Laughs) Yes, it can get a little technical! Basically, the advantages of using a laser with cataract surgery are that the laser gives us a level of precision, predictabi­lity and programmab­ility that allows for greater customizat­ion of surgery. Each eye is different. The laser takes that into account and allows us to precisely tailor the best contoured incision for that particular eye.

Q: Is there anything special about this particular laser that Helm Vision Group has acquired?

Dr. Helm: This laser represents Swiss technology at its finest! Other lasers can be very finicky. This laser is very solidly built and is highly accurate. The most important difference however, is that unlike other laser platforms that are available for cataract surgery, the Ziemer FEMTO LDV Z8 uses the lowest pulse energy to do the job. That means that with less energy needed to perform, it causes less inflammati­on and makes the surger y a more gentle experience.

Q: Is there anything else that this laser can do?

Dr. Helm: Yes, this laser is incredibly versatile. We can also use it to do corneal transplant surgery. The laser can make complex incisions that result in a stronger bond between a donor cornea and the host cornea. Basically, anything type of corneal surgery that required a blade in the past can now be done more accurately and precisely with this laser. We are very excited to bring this technology to the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley and surroundin­g areas. apartment. All of our senior apartments are in single level buildings on a 65-acre tree-dotted campus.

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Adults over 55 looking for a small town-style senior community with opportunit­ies for social networking should call 661-943-3228 to arrange for a private/virtual tour. Ask about current rates, qualificat­ions, and income requiremen­ts. Once you have seen our lovely campus, we know that you will simply fall in love! For translatio­n services please call 562-257-5255 or for the hearing impaired call our TDD at 800-545-1833 ext.359.

Mayflower Gardens Retirement Community is located at 6570 West L-12 in Lancaster, California. The Administra­tion Building is located under the American Flag. Welcome Home!

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