Ophthalmology

At Lafayette General Health (LGH), quality eye care means having an exceptional ophthalmology program. The ophthalmologists of LGH are experts in diagnosing and treating a full range of diseases and disorders of the eye. All of LGH’s eye care facilities aim to give patients the very best experience by providing safe, effective care unmatched anywhere else in Acadiana.

The Ophthalmology Departments of Lafayette General Surgical Hospital (LGSH) and Lafayette General Medical Center offer a broad range of clinical, diagnostic and consulting services for the evaluation and treatment, both medically and surgically, of ocular disorders. Our ophthalmologists work with patients to develop treatment plans for the management of important ocular conditions and diseases. These hospitals provide facilities and equipment for the most modern and up-to-date surgical procedures for cataract, cornea, glaucoma, retinal, LASER and other types of eye surgeries.

Walk-in visitors to University Hospital & Clinics (UHC) may also obtain referrals to UHC’s Eye Clinic for quick and effective treatment.

Through Lafayette General Health, Acadiana has a unique variety of outlets and services to conveniently serve the eye care needs of the entire community.

CATALYS Laser Brings New Vision to Cataract Surgeries

For patients needing eye surgery, the CATALYS® Precision Laser System is available at Oil Center Surgical Plaza (OCSP).

The CATALYS laser is used mostly for cataract surgeries, but is used for other eye procedures as well. Cataracts often develop in older adults as the lens of the eye hardens and becomes cloudy or less translucent. This can cause light to appear glary, vision to be blurred and colors to seem muted.

Preparing for cataract surgery requires multiple incisions on the covering of the eyeball, and inside the eye around the lens. Traditionally, these cuts were made by hand, with hand-held tools. The CATALYS is beneficial because its laser can make these incisions with more accuracy and precision than by hand.

The CATALYS is equipped with a guidance system that maps the eye structure in three dimensions and establishes safe-zone parameters. Since every eyeball is uniquely shaped and configured, being able to plan and customize these incisions makes for a more predictable result and outcome.

Removing the cataract using traditional methods required high-energy ultrasound to break up the cataract into pieces for removal. With CATALYS, the laser cuts a grid-like pattern across the cataract to soften it. That allows the lens to be removed gently and in clean-cut sections. This helps leave a better-prepared setting for the replacement lens to be inserted.
The end result is that the CATALYS laser reduces redness and discomfort after surgery, and allows for faster visual recovery.

Physicians with privileges at OCSP to use the CATALYS laser are Ophthalmologists Jonathan Joseph, Kirk LeBlanc, Ricardo Leoni II and Kevin Swan. The physicians say they are experiencing wonderful outcomes in vision restoration, especially amongst those candidates in need of multifocal and vision-correcting lenses.

Oil Center Surgical Plaza, located in the Medical Office Building at 1000 W. Pinhook Road, is a specialty surgical hospital that serves patients needing outpatient surgical procedures ranging from ophthalmology, ENT (ear, nose & throat), plastic surgery or pain management.