Oakwood Southshore Medical Center features new laser procedure

Clearer vision may be only seconds away with new technology now available at the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center (OSMC).

The Trenton-based hospital now features a LenSx laser surgery machine that allows surgeons to perform complex cataract procedures with greater ease and precision. Southshore is the first metro-Detroit hospital to have the technology.

“Our surgeons pride themselves in staying on top of the newest technology so we can offer the best treatment options to our patients,” said Edith Hughes, division president of OSMC. “By offering this innovative service, we are truly elevating the quality of care we provide to the community.”

A cataract is a clouding of the natural human lens and is the most common cause of impaired vision. They are highly treatable—in the United States alone, 2 million cataract operations are performed each year, and are very successful in restoring vision. Until recently, standard cataract procedures and custom cataract surgeries were performed manually; surgeons used scalpels for all incisions. A manual procedure allows for a margin of error that can affect outcomes. The LenSx laser, the first FDA approved custom cataract laser, has the ability to create those incisions, making them much more accurate than manual cataract removal. The laser also allows for better management of patient’s astigmatism.

“It’s unbelievable technology,” said Reza Rahmani, DO, owner of the Rahmani Eye Institute. Dr. Rahmani is also affiliated with Oakwood Southshore. “It provides more predictable results and better outcomes.”

“It allows us to be much more precise,” said M. Donna Qahwash, DO, who has offices in Wyandotte and is affiliated with Oakwood Southshore and Oakwood Heritage hospitals. “It enhances what the surgeon can already do.”

Qahwash and Rahmani led the team that brought the new technology to the hospital.

The incisions are about 10 times more precise and can be programmed ahead of time, greatly reducing the length of time the surgeon spends operating on the eye. The result is less inflammation of the eye and a reduction of the already-short recovery time. Oakwood Southshore is the fourth hospital in Michigan to have the technology.

“It is not yet the standard of care,” said Dr. Qahwash. “We’re bringing in new technology to better serve our patients. This is the future of cataract surgery and we are proud to be able to bring it to the communities we serve today.”