POWAY–Eye-surgery patients at Palomar Health’s Pomerado Hospital are now able to take advantage of the latest in optometric technology thanks to the generosity and support of donors and grateful patients. The Zeiss OPMI Lumera 700 microscope with resight viewing system is now being used at Pomerado Hospital, as Palomar Health furthers its commitment to advanced technology.
The microscope made by Zeiss, a world-renowned leader in optics, makes tissue highly visible, allowing surgeons to operate better and faster with fewer chances for complications. Eye surgeons will perform about 200 surgeries each year using the new microscope.
“The Zeiss Lumera is the best ophthalmic microscope money can buy,” said retina specialist Dr. Paul E. Tornambe. “I am pleased to provide our patients care using the most technologically-advanced equipment to achieve the best outcomes possible. In this era of limited reimbursement and the need for very expensive equipment, we are deeply grateful to the Palomar Health Foundation, to patients who have contributed specifically to obtain this microscope and to Carol Lazier, who contributed most generously to make acquisition of the microscope possible.”
Specialists who perform eye surgeries at Pomerado Hospital can now use the microscope to treat complex eye diseases, including cataracts, detached retinas and other eye conditions. This highly-advanced piece of equipment will also help support the growth of Pomerado Hospital’s eye surgeries as the hospital continues to work toward becoming a Center of Excellence for ophthalmic surgeries.
Unlike older ophthalmic microscopes, the Zeiss Lumera provides better optics and safer lighting (the light generated provides a safer wavelength with less chances of damaging the retina, by eliminating UV wavelengths); and is more energy efficient. The “bulbs” it uses last longer and take up less energy, making it cost efficient. The microscope also features a high-resolution digital camera which projects real-time high resolution digital images that physicians can see during surgeries.