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World’s first 3D LASIK performed

The new 3D image-guided, microsurgical technology improves the quality of LASIK surgery

(Nashville, TN) Dr. Ming Wang of Wang Vision Cataract & LASIK Center, Nashville, TN, became the first surgeon in the world to perform a 3D LASIK procedure. The first such ground-breaking surgery took place at Wang Vision Cataract & LASIK Center on May 27, 2011 and utilized an off-label use 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! Mr. Jai-Aden was very pleased with his new 3D vision!

“We were very excited to be the first in the world to perform the 3D LASIK procedure,” 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.

LASIK is a surgical procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. Since the advent of LASIK 20 years ago, nearly 20 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide. However, despite the popularity of the procedure, the technology itself that has been used for LASIK has remained largely unchanged for many years.

The new 3D image-guided, microsurgical technology represents an innovative improvement of LASIK. Dr. Wang explained, “In a standard LASIK procedure, the surgeon looks through a traditional microscope with the naked eye. 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 the surgical procedure. In contrast, for the new 3D image-guided bladeless-all laser LASIK procedure, 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 surgery.”

 

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.

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Mr. Farah Jaji-aden, the world's first 3D LASIK patient, and Dr. Wang.

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Dr. Wang and Dr. Burton Brooks, the world's 2nd 3D LASIK patient.

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Dr. Wang performing the world's first 3D bladeless all-laser LASIK using the TrueVision 3D high-definition stereoscopic microsurgical system, an off-label use of the device.

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Mr. Jeffrey Taylor, the world's 3rd 3D LASIK patient and Dr. Ming Wang.

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The world's first 3D LASIK.

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Dr. Wang looking at the 3D image and performing 3D LASIK.

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