Utah Vision Care Practice Features New Technology Options for Custom Cataract Surgery Patients


Salt Lake City, UT – The surgeons at The Eye Institute of Utah, a medical eye care center that concentrates on cataract, LASIK and other vision correction surgeries, are announcing the addition of Optiwave Refractive Analysis to assist with custom cataract surgeries. The use of Optiwave Refractive Analysis, otherwise known as ORA, helps to confirm intraocular lens strength while customizing each procedure to fit the patient’s specific vision needs. Dr. Robert J. Cionni, Medical Director, says by combining the state-of-the-art LenSx® Custom Cataract Laser, advanced technology lens implants and ORA technologies, he and his staff are able to offer more options to all cataract patients who are looking to be less dependent on glasses and contacts.

The Eye Institute of Utah focuses on a wide range of vision correction treatments and procedures including refractive custom cataract laser surgery, corneal transplants, glaucoma, Visian ICL, all-laser LASIK and PRK in Salt Lake City. The surgeon currently offering these advanced custom cataract surgery options with ORA is Dr. Gregory A. Christiansen.

Dr. Cionni says the addition of ORA helps to achieve the practice’s goal of offering Salt Lake City eye surgery patients the most advanced eye surgery options while ensuring the highest level of patient care possible. He adds that without the use of ORA during surgery, a cataract procedure can never be truly customized to fit a patient’s vision needs.

In the past, the strength of intraocular lenses could only be determined by measurements taken before a cataract surgery, leaving room for potential error. The ORA intraoperative aberrometry system, like a GPS system, provides real-time analysis of the patient’s eye during the actual cataract surgery. This gives the surgeon added assurance that proper lens position and strength are implanted.

Now, instead of waiting weeks after the procedure to determine if the correct lens was selected, Dr. Cionni says doctors can confirm the proper correction was made during surgery. He adds that using this technology has resulted in a 59 percent increased possibility of having 20/20 or better vision when used during cataract surgery, which ensures more predictable results for cataract patients seeking to attain optimum vision.

The Salt Lake City cataract surgeons at The Eye Institute of Utah believe using ORA with advanced technology IOLs (Toric and ReSTOR® multifocal lenses) and the LenSx® Custom Cataract Laser is a giant step towards providing the best vision care possible. Dr. Cionni adds that pursuing the latest technological advancements is essential to continued successful treatments. He says while searching for the right practice, patients should be sure to consult with a board-certified eye care specialist because it ensures their surgeon is properly trained and can provide the most effective procedures.

About The Eye Institute of Utah
Established in 1980 as the first and largest office-based eye surgical center in Utah, The Eye Institute of Utah has a diverse team of board-certified ophthalmologists and fellowship-trained cataract, glaucoma, retina, facial plastics and corneal specialists. The practice focuses on several advanced procedures including cataract intraocular lens (IOL) implant surgery, LASIK and refractive lens procedures using ReSTOR®, Toric, and Visian ICL. The Eye Institute of Utah also cares for and treats general ophthalmology needs including glaucoma, dry eye, retina, macular degeneration, and corneal transplantation. The surgeons are available for interview upon request.