Scott Perkins, MD Performs First Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery in Arizona

Scott Perkins, MD, cataract surgeon and Medical Director of Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center recently performed the first femtosecond laser cataract surgery in the state of Arizona. With less than 30 of the femtosecond blade-free lasers currently in use in the United States, this is the most significant change in how cataract surgery is performed in over 40 years.

At Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, Dr. Scott Perkins recently performed the first femtosecond blade-free cataract surgery in Arizona. The LenSx laser, installed in early November, is the first laser approved by the FDA for commercial performance of anterior capsulotomies and corneal incisions, all of which were previously performed with blades prior to the introduction of this state of the art technology.

Cataract surgery is among the most commonly performed eye care procedures in the nation. Over 3 million procedures are performed annually in the United States and 18 million world wide. Until now, multiple steps of a cataract procedure were performed manually and guided by the surgeon’s hand. With the introduction of the first FDA approved femtosecond cataract laser, surgeons at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center can provide improved precision of several of the most critical steps in cataract surgery.

Recent data shows that this custom blade-free laser performs some steps of the procedure up to 100 times more accurate than manual techniques, even in the hands of very experienced surgeons, which is why Dr. Perkins is excited to implement this latest technology at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center. “Laser cataract surgery is the most advanced option for patients with cataracts. We are thrilled to be able to offer it to Arizona residents.”

Alcon Laboratories Corp. in Fort Worth, TX, reports less than 30 LenSx lasers are in place in the U. S. at this time. The cataract surgeons at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center say they have been committed to improving patient outcomes and providing excellence in eye care with the use of leading technology for over 35 years.

Dr. Scott Perkins, Medical Director at BDPEC, has performed over 50,000 cataract surgeries. “It was an honor performing the first LenSx surgery in the state. I believe that the precision and reproducibility of the laser will improve the results of our surgery as this technology continues to advance. Our reputation has been built one patient at a time because we are committed to providing the best possible results with every procedure.”

About Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center

Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center was founded in 1993 with the merger between the Barnet Center of Ophthalmology and the Dulaney Eye Clinic and Cataract Institute. Although Drs. Dulaney and Barnet are now retired, the center has grown to over 35 doctors on staff committed to providing patients with quality eye care in multiple locations throughout the state of Arizona. The Eye Center offers comprehensive eye care with specialists in multiple fields of ophthalmology including cataract surgery, vision correction, cornea, retina, glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology. As recognized innovators in the field of Ophthalmology, Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center was also the first practice to introduce the German-engineered Allegretto Wave Laser to perform LASIK in the United States.

For further information and details about Laser Cataract Surgery or Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, please contact Darla Espinosa, Director of Marketing 602.508.4829 or Mark Rosenberg, Executive Director at 602.508.4808. Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center can also be found online at goodeyes.local, or


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