As part of their laser cataract pilot, the surgeons of The Ambulatory Eye Surgery Center of Louisiana hosted an educational event for area optometrists on laser cataract surgery. With the assistance of Alcon, Dr. Rick Baker of Slade & Baker (Houston) spoke to about 40 doctors on integrating laser cataract surgery into their practice. Dr. Baker shared his experience educating patients on the benefits of femtosecond laser surgery. At the end of the event, Dr. Baker asked the doctors if they would choose laser or traditional surgery for their own cataract surgery. Every physician in attendance chose laser cataract surgery.
Those in attendance also saw demonstrations of the new LenSx laser by Doctors Henry Haley, Stephen Brint and Marilu O’Byrne. The goal of the event was to increase cataract referrals from the New Orleans optometric community to the surgery center. Sandy Smith, AmSurg’s ophthalmology marketing resource, coordinated the event along with Judy Dufrechou, Center Leader.