SOURCE: Ophthalmic Partners

Ophthalmic Partners

April 16, 2015 16:27 ET

Ophthalmic Partners of Pennsylvania's Dr. Richard Tipperman Will Be Participating in a "Live Surgery" Symposium

BALA CYNWYD, PA--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2015) - Ophthalmic Partners of Pennsylvania, P.C., is honored to announce that Dr. Richard Tipperman will once again be participating in the "Live Surgery" symposium as part of the 2015 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Annual Meeting being held in San Diego, CA through April 21st. The "Live Surgery" symposium is one of the premier teaching events of the year for surgical ophthalmologists. This event is being hosted by Dr. Jerry Gang Hu from Texas Eye and Laser in Hurst, TX. As part of the symposium, internationally recognized cataract surgeons operate on real patients while being telecast via a live satellite feed to the meeting in San Diego. Surgeons attending the meeting benefit from the learning experience as if they were actually in the operating room with the surgeons in Texas.

Cataracts, which are a natural part of the aging process, affect millions of Americans. A cataract can be the reason images appear blurry, as if there is a "cloudy" film covering the eye. Unfortunately, cataracts cannot be prevented and no specific diet or nutritional supplement can eradicate or diminish the condition. The only way to treat a cataract is with surgery that removes the old, clouded lens and replaces it with a new, artificial lens to restore vision. This year, the "Live Surgery" event will feature cataract surgeries performed using the LenSx femtosecond laser and Toric and ReStor intraocular lenses that address a patient's astigmatism or improves a patient's near and distance vision in addition to removing the clouded cataract. These advanced technology surgical options allow patients to reduce their dependence on glasses after cataract surgery.

Dr. Richard Tipperman, from Ophthalmic Partners and Wills Eye Hospital, will be participating in the "Live Surgery" program again after serving as host surgeon for the program last year. This is the sixth such time that he has had this privilege, including once performing "Live Surgery" in Rome, Italy. When asked about the event, Dr. Tipperman replied, "It certainly is both humbling and flattering to be asked to perform surgery to help educate my peers. I'm especially excited about this year's live surgery event as it will give me the opportunity to demonstrate a number of advanced technologies including laser assisted cataract surgery with the LenSx laser and the use of intraoperative aberrometry to enhance postoperative outcomes."

Dr. Tipperman is one of 12 physicians at Ophthalmic Partners who practice at Wills Eye Hospital and other locations throughout the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region. Dr. Tipperman focuses his practice predominantly on cataract surgery, with an emphasis on higher risk eyes and the management of complications. He has long been at the forefront of cataract surgery in the nation and was one of 14 surgeons working on the original FDA core study for the multi-focal ReStor intraocular lens. Dr. Tipperman was also the first surgeon in the Metro Philadelphia area to perform laser assisted cataract surgery using the LenSx femtosecond laser at Main Line Surgery Center, the first surgical facility to offer such technology in the region, and the host site for last year's "Live Surgery" symposium. Continuing to stay ahead of the curve, Ophthalmic Partners and Main Line Surgery Center now offer patients even higher customized treatment with the VERION Image Guided System, which takes a unique digital "fingerprint" of the patient's eye and feeds the data directly into the LenSx laser and subsequently the surgical microscope for greater precision, consistency and outcomes.