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Laser Eye Center of the Southern Tier introduces NEW, more effective Laser Vision Correction

Johnson City, NY—the Laser Eye Center of the Southern Tier, the region's leader in cutting-edge eye care technology, can now perform even more accurate and effective laser vision correction surgery with the addition of the Allegretto Wave® from Alcon. The Allegretto Wave Excimer Laser System is a revolutionary new tool that allows for more precise LASIK vision correction. Using Wavefront-Optimized™ technology, the Allegretto Wave automatically compensates for the curvature of the cornea.

Earlier Lasik procedures, such as CustomVue® have been highly successful and centered on reshaping the front of the cornea, whereas the Allegretto Wave works on the unique shape of each patient's entire cornea. Clinical studies have shown amazing results with the Allegretto Wave for both near and far-sighted patients.

Dr. Daniel Sambursky states, "Although we have successfully treated over 11,000 patients with a variety of excimer laser techniques, we continually strive to bring the most advanced technology to our region, offering our patients the safest, most accurate outcome".

The doctors at Laser Eye Center are excited to be able to offer their patients this amazing new treatment option. The Allegretto Wave combined with the Blade-Free technology, although not recommended for all patients, will enable even more patients—even some who were not eligible Lasik candidates before—to give up their glasses, and see with 20/20 or better vision.

For information on this and other vision correction procedures, go online to, or call the Laser Eye Center of the Southern Tier at (607) 766.9002.

Local Physician’s Company, Rapid Pathogen Screening has Developed a Point-of-Care Diagnostic Device for Ocular Diseases

Clarks Summit, PA-Daniel Sambursky, M.D., F.A.C.S., LASIK surgeon at the Laser Eye Center of PA and Principal in the privately held company, Rapid Pathogen Screening (RPS) announces that RPS has developed the first true point-of-care (POC) test available for conjunctivitis-more commonly known as “pink eye”.

The test is conducted using a device called the RPS Adeno Detector™, and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association. The test is highly sensitive and specific, and provides a definitive result in ten minutes. The quick result allows the health care provider to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe supportive therapies, while limiting the spread of disease and reducing ocular antibiotic resistance and the unnecessary cost of antibiotics. The test is currently being used as an in-office test within many optometry and ophthalmology offices, military bases, and other centers for care across the United States.

RPS Reports Potential US Healthcare Savings of over $400 Million Annually with the Use of the RPS Adeno Detector™--learn more about these findings at

RPS, Inc. founded in March, 2004 was born from the desire of three renowned ophthalmologists; José Sambursky MD and his two sons, Dr. Daniel Sambursky and Dr. Robert Sambursky (MDs), to explore the feasibility of POC detection and identification of infectious diseases in a cooperative research agreement with Securetec. The results of these investigations were very promising and led to the formation of RPS. All three of the Samburskys are trained clinical ophthalmologists and provide clinical expertise in the diagnosis, management and research of infectious ophthalmologic diseases. For more information, visit

NASA Approves Advanced Lasik for Use on Astronauts (and Hopefuls)

In a move sure to alter the landscape for non 20/20 space dreamers, NASA approved the use of advanced Lasik surgery for U.S. astronauts.

Already approved by the Navy and more recently the Air Force for use on fighter pilots, NASA was a hold out to allow the surgery. Naval aviator clinical trial data however, made a compelling case that the procedure could withstand even the most extreme rigors of warfare and flight.

The question that remained for me was would they accept the procedure in people who were applying to the corp is response to their recent call for applications? In the past, new astronaut applicants needed to have better than 20/20 vision, even though veteran astronaut's vision did not have to meet as high a standard. Did this new decision apply only to veteran astronauts or would this really alter the playing field for astronaut hopefuls?

Is surgery to improve visual acuity allowed?

As of September 2007, the refractive surgical procedures of the eye, PRK and LASIK, are now allowed, providing at least 1 year has passed since the date of the procedure with no permanent adverse after effects. For those applicants under final consideration, an operative report on the surgical procedure will be requested.

The 2009 class will be a brave new world indeed. You had better hurry though, according to the time line of selection, interviewees will be brought to Johnson Space Center in November-December 2008 for interviews and medical evaluation. With a year needed post surgery to be eligible, you better schedule that elective surgery now...

According to company literature, over 50% of rejected astronaut applicants have been dismissed due to poor vision. (And just think, contact lens wearers can do away with a few extra bottles of liquids when going through airport security, that is probably worth the cost of the surgery right there!) This new policy could make next years selection all the more competitive.

NASA Approves Advanced Lasik for Use on Astronauts [CNN]
Source: Wired Science

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