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Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Need for special laser delays artificial cornea surgery a few days
By Sameh Fahmy, Staff writer

Tennesean, Saturday, March 27, 2004

Dr. Ming Wang successfully implanted artificial corneas for two patients yesterday, but Bobby Joel Case wasn't one of them. Case, featured in yesterday's Tennessean, was looking forward to gaining his vision with a new artificial cornea called the AlphaCor. Case wants to see his fiancee, Beth Ann Dahl, before their wedding six months from now.

Wang said that as he examined Case's left eye under a microscope, he realized that the cornea was so thin that a blade wasn't precise enough to safely cut a flap that would allow him to insert the artificial cornea.

Fortunately for Case, Wang Vision 3D Cataract and LASIK Center has what Wang said is the only bladeless laser-surgery device in Tennessee. Monday, Wang is scheduled to use the laser to cut a flap into Case's eye that will allow him to implant the artificial cornea.

''If it is successful, which has never been done in the world, what it means is that for some patients with very deformed corneas where the pocket creation by knife is unsafe, then you offer additional capability,'' Wang said.

Although he'll have to wait a bit for his new cornea, Case said he considers the delay only a minor setback.

''It appears it's going to be just fine,'' he said.

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