NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Ming Wang of Wang Vision Cataract & LASIK Center, Nashville, TN, became the first surgeon in the world to perform a 3D LASIK procedure, and the first in Tennessee to perform a 3D cataract surgery. The first such ground-breaking surgeries took place at Wang Vision Cataract & LASIK Center on May 27, 2011 and June 2, 2011, respectively. Both procedures utilized off-label uses of the TrueVision® 3D high-definition, real-time, stereoscopic microsurgical technology.
The world's first 3D LASIK patient was Mr. Farah Jai-Aden, a 28-year-old truck and taxi driver from Atlanta, GA. At his first post-operative visit, he could already see better than he ever had before, even with glasses or contact lenses! The state's first 3D cataract surgery patient was Mr. David Mehosky. Both Mr. Jai-Aden and Mr. Mehosky are very pleased with their new 3D vision!
"We are very excited to be the first in the world to perform the 3D LASIK procedure, and the first in Tennessee to perform a 3D cataract surgery," said Dr. Wang, who is a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology for the University of Tennessee and the director of Wang Vision Cataract & LASIK Center, Nashville, TN.
The new 3D image-guided, microsurgical technology represents an innovative improvement for both LASIK and cataract surgeries. Dr. Wang explained, "In standard LASIK and cataract procedures, the surgeon looks through a traditional microscope with the naked eye, so what you see is what you get. There is no image processing or signal enhancement. Therefore, since the eyeball is very small, there is limited resolution and accuracy in these surgical procedures. In contrast, for the new 3D image-guided LASIK and cataract surgeries, the surgeon wears a pair of 3D glasses, and uses a high-definition, microsurgical system which provides a stereoscopic and signal-enhanced view of the entire surgical field. It allows the surgeon to achieve more precision and accuracy with the laser focusing of the eye, and thus improves the quality of LASIK and cataract surgeries, and the visual outcome for our patients."
About Ming Wang, MD, PhD:
Dr. Ming Wang, a graduate of Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude), is one of the few cataract and LASIK surgeons who holds a doctorate degree in laser physics. He has performed well over 25,000 cataract and LASIK procedures, including on over 3,000 physicians. He is an editorial board member of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today and Refractive EyeCare. Dr. Wang has published 5 major textbooks and a paper in the world-renowned journal "Nature", holds several U.S. patents and performed the first laser-assisted artificial cornea implantation. He has introduced many new eye surgeries to Tennessee, including bladeless all-laser LASIK, wavefront technology, new Intacs to treat keratoconus, and a new generation premium lens for cataract surgery. Dr. Wang founded a 501c(3) non-profit charity which has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge.
SOURCE Wang Vision Institute