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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Medical Journal 2011


Morning Sentinel


Local surgeon treats cataracts and glaucoma in same surgical procedure medications and requires no more follow-up visits than is needed for cataract surgery alone. Studies have shown that the laser procedure is safe and effective when performed during If a person has both glaucoma and cataracts, cataract surgery. Each of these surgical procehe or she may be a candidate for a combined dures lasts only a few minutes and the ECP procedure. method is performed using a laser microendoIn simultaneous cataract and ECP glaucoma scope. This allows patients a quicker and more surgery, Dr. Peter Kohler is treating cataracts comfortable recovery along with improved and and glaucoma in the same session. This allows more predictable outcomes. patients to improve their vision while reducing, Both surgeries are performed under local or completely eliminating, their dependence on anesthesia on an out-patient basis at glaucoma medications. MaineGeneralMedicalCenter, and Kohler’s ECP (Endoscopic CycloPhotogoagulation) is patients are getting extraordinary results. The a minimally-invasive laser procedure that lasts doctor said he is proud to offer this innovative just a few minutes and uses highly-refined surgi- technology here in central Maine. cal techniques and state-of-the-art instrumentaA native of Maine, Kohler has practiced ophtion. thalmology since 1992. He is board certified in The procedure is convenient, typically reduc- ophthalmology and specializes in cataract and ing the frequency, number and cost of glaucoma refractive eye surgery. SUBMITTED BY CINDY STURTEVANT Refractive Surgery Coordinator Eye Center of Central Maine