February 23, 2012 - Tampa Eye Surgeon Pioneers Blade-Free Cataract Surgery Technique

Groundbreaking surgical technique invented, tested, and first offered by local ophthalmologist T. Hunter Newsom, MD of Newsom Eye

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Tampa, FL (January 24, 2012) –Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older every year, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  With such a high prevalence, continued industry advancements are critical.  This is why Tampa’s own, T. Hunter Newsom, MD, founder of Newsom Eye, works to remain at the forefront of ophthalmic care.  Newsom is the inventor of an innovative bladeless laser cataract surgery technique, which he is now officially taking public. 

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A pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Newsom has been the first in the country, and even the world, to achieve noteworthy milestones in his field (see Dr. Newsom's online bio).  In the treatment of cataracts, Dr. Newsom has once again achieved an industry first.  Over the past two years, Dr. Newsom carefully researched, tested, and developed a groundbreaking and exceptional new laser cataract technique in-house at the AAAHC-accredited Tampa Surgery Center

The procedure is called ‘Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery’ and it offers qualified patients the opportunity to experience cataract surgery without the use of bladed tools traditionally used to create the necessary surgical micro-incisions.  Bladeless cataract surgery utilizes what is referred to as “femtosecond” laser technology for the creation of those same incisions.  “While the use of femtosecond laser technology for cataract surgery is still in its infancy, the promise of the laser lies in improved safety, increased precision, and reproducibility of results,” Dr. Newsom adds.

 Dr. Newsom is now sharing his groundbreaking technique with his peers in the ophthalmology community.  He has recently published educational materials documenting his technique through the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (www.aao.org) news and continuing education site. A site accessed by over 15,000 ophthalmologists nationwide. He is also scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (www.ascrs.org) this April in Chicago. Newsom states, “The response to our technique has been overwhelming. We now have surgeons, from around the country, asking us how they can introduce our laser cataract surgical technique into their own practices”. Newsom continues, “It’s encouraging to see that after two years of hard work perfecting this technique our efforts are being validated as the ophthalmology community at large takes an interest in our laser cataract procedure”.

 As a pioneer in the field of laser cataract surgery, Dr. Newsom feels obliged to educate the ophthalmic community on the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Technique and share with them the promise of early medical results. Newsom states, “Our center’s extensive experience sets us apart from surgeons who may simply purchase this technology, right off-the-shelf, and defines us as authorities on the subject.  With all of the recent interest in this technology, we are honored to be able to take a leadership role in the discussion and share our knowledge with our peers and patients”.

 Dr. Newsom welcomes any interest in cataract surgery that the advancement generates and is proud of his role in providing the ophthalmology community with a bladeless laser cataract surgery technique.

 “As with any vision correcting surgical procedure, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Any patient interested in laser cataract surgery should seek the consult of a qualified surgeon to determine if the procedure is right for them,” states Dr. Newsom.

Newsom Eye is located at 13904 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, at 3205 Physicians Way in Sebring, and at 1023 US Hwy 27 South in Avon Park.

 Media opportunities: Newsom Eye’s founder and president, Dr. T. Hunter Newsom, and patients are available for interview and live demonstrations. Please contact Julie Robbins and Lauren Boudreau at 813-639-4285 or at [email protected] and [email protected].


About Newsom Eye: 

Established in 2001, Dr. T. Hunter Newsom is the founder and president of the Newsom Eye & Laser Center, a multi-specialty ophthalmology practice. Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Newsom brings a wealth of experience and research to Newsom Eye. He is regularly called on to participate in FDA approval research of new and improved technologies. Through this important research, lenses have reached FDA approval status and made available to patients with cataracts. Newsom Eye offers three clinical locations: Sebring, Avon Park and Tampa along with two ambulatory surgical centers in Sebring and in Tampa. Their mission is to continually provide the utmost in patient care through state-of-the-art technology, continual education, personal relationships, and high levels of customer service. The vision is simple, to restore and enhance vision for patients across the world. To learn more about Newsom Eye and the Newsom Bladeless Laser Cataract Surgery, visit www.newsomeye.com.