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Laser center: new laser surgery for nearsightedness.

In the 25 years Dr. Robert L. Kantor has been practicing ophthalmology in Sarasota, he's seen many amazing advancements. Yet he says that without question, the new laser surgery to correct nearsightedness is the most important development to ever come along. "The benefits are immeasurable," he says. "It actually changes a person's self-perception and confidence."

More than 60 million Americans suffer from nearsightedness. With laser eye surgery, they can decrease their dependence on prescription glasses and contacts, play sports without a second thought and enter fields where good eyesight is crucial. What's more, they feel more attractive and assertive when they're not looking out from behind a thick pair of lenses.

The new procedure is called Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK), and Dr. Kantor is one of only five ophthalmologists on the west coast of Florida to offer it in his own facility. Made possible by the new Excimer Laser, the procedure uses non-thermal or "cold" light beams to vaporize corneal cells to gently flatten the cornea, creating better vision.

Before PRK was FDA-approved, ophthalmologists performed Radial Keratotomy (RK), a procedure that required a steady-handed surgeon using a diamond-edged scalpel to cut partially through the cornea. PRK, by contrast, is computer-driven. The Excimer Laser is programmed to deliver bursts of controlled light to suit the particular dimensions and specifications of the eye.

The procedure is performed in Dr. Kantor's office and takes less than 60 seconds. Some patients walk out of the operating room seeing better instantly, others take two to three months to see a significant difference. To be a candidate for PRK, a patient must be nearsighted, at least 21 years old, have stable, healthy eyes and should not be pregnant or nursing.

"Laser surgery is the future of eye care," predicts Dr. Kantor. "And it is ideal for people with active lifestyles or those tired of the nuisance of aided vision."

The Kantor Eye Institute & Laser Center is a full-service eye care facility, with specialists in cataract, glaucoma, retina, refractive surgery and pediatric ophthalmology, as well as routine eye care.

The Kantor Eye Institute & Laser Center, 2111 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239 (941) 925-8888.
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Title Annotation:Who's Who in Health Care; Dr. Robert L. Kantor offers Photo Refractive Keratectomy
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 1997
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