Laser eye surgery at Gottlieb makes big difference in man's life
Bob Anderson enjoys exotic travels, dancing with his wife, and generally keeping active. At the age of 82, he also continues working on computers, a passion that began in 1953.
When Bob noticed his eyesight deteriorating and giving him trouble working and driving, he sought help. The lens of Bob’s left eye had become cloudy due to a condition known as cataract. He also had astigmatism, a common irregularity in the shape of the eye that can cause vision problems. Bob’s eye doctor referred him to Brian Proctor, DO, an eye surgeon at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.
“At Gottlieb, we can easily correct both problems. For astigmatism, we can choose from nine different types of implants to achieve great results for each patient. These treatments are more precise than what was previously possible,” said Dr. Proctor.
“It’s been transformative, and our team was an early adopter of this new technology. A 10-minute operation that only requires mild sedation and a 20-minute post-surgery stay in the recovery room can make a big difference in the lives of people like Bob.”
Dr. Proctor added that the risks of surgical complications (such as infection) at Gottlieb is less than one percent, about half of the national average.
“Another unique treatment we offer at Gottlieb is ECP (Endoscopic CycloPhotocoagulation),” Dr. Proctor said. “We perform this laser surgery in conjunction with cataract surgery for people with mild to moderate glaucoma.
We reduce the amount of fluid in the eye, and thus lower the pressure that can damage vision. Loyola and other medical centers refer patients to Gottlieb for this operation.”
“Dr. Proctor said that laser surgery could help me,” Bob said. “I was a little worried, but I was also confident because of how he and the people around him conducted themselves. Plus, could there be a better place for me than Gottlieb – God’s beloved Hospital?”
Bob plans to have a similar operation on his right eye and offers this advice to people with cataracts. “I recommend having Dr. Proctor perform the surgery. He has a relaxed demeanor, his confidence and the attitudes of the people around him are very reassuring.”