February 13 2009 - Trinity Clinic Eye Center Now Open

*NOTE: A TMF employee discount is available on LASIK. Payment for the procedure can be arranged through payroll deduction over a 12-month period. To schedule an appointment or learn more about this special discount for blade-free lasik eye surgery, contact Shelley Schanley at (903) 525-2922.

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2009

For more information:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


Introduces Blade-Free Lasik Procedure

TYLER, TX -- Officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics announced the opening of Trinity Clinic Eye Center, located inside HealthPark Plaza at 1327 Troup Highway.

Clayton E. Whitney, MD, FAOO, FACS is the Clinic's chief of ophthalmology and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and conditions.

The Trinity Clinic Eye Center is the only facility in the area to offer blade-free LASIK surgery using the most advanced blade-free, all-laser LASIK technology; the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ Femtosecond Surgical Laser with the AMO VISX Star S4 with Custom-Vue Wavefront guided technology.

"LASIK has become the most popular and widely used surgical procedure for vision correction, perfected in millions of successful operations over the past 20 years," said Dr. Whitney. "Trinity Clinic Eye Center offers LASIK surgery using state-of-the-art lasers and diagnostic equipment for superior vision correction."

"LASIK surgery using the latest in laser technology, the Ziemer FEMTO LDV, offers patients the blade-free experience that provides an unprecedented level of safety, precision and comfort while also striving for the highest quality of vision possible. The surgeon can define the diameter and depth of the corneal flap more accurately, ensuring more precise control for a safer procedure," he said.

Additional advantages of this new Ziemer FEMTO LDV laser include operation at pulse rates that are orders of magnitude higher, pulse energies that are much lower, and delivery optics that are very tightly focused for maximum tissue disruption in the focal point and no thermal or radiation effects to the surrounding tissue.

Benefits of this state-of-the-art technology include:

• Shorter and safer procedure
• Rapid healing and visual recovery
• Excellent visual outcomes with an increased chance of achieving 20/20 vision or better

Other services offered at Trinity Clinic Eye Center include:

• Eye examinations and glasses prescriptions
• Small incision cataract surgery and YAG laser capsulotomy
• Premium intraocular lenses including the Restor Aspheric Lens for distance and near vision and the Toric intraocular lens for the correction of astigmatism
• Corneal transplantation including traditional transplants and the new DSEK procedure, a corneal transplant without sutures in the cornea
• Glaucoma evaluation and treatment including laser surgery
• The evaluation and coordination of care for diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, contact lens wear, and eyelid disorders
• Ophthalmic consultative services to professionals

About Dr. Whitney

A specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and conditions, Dr. Clayton Whitney is a summa cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University where he was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical fraternity. He completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Residency in Ophthalmology at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. This was followed by a Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

In 1986, Dr. Whitney returned to his hometown of Tyler to take over the practice of G. William Burch, MD. Dr. Whitney is Board Certified by The American Board of ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of The American Academy of Ophthalmology and The American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and is a Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Whitney has a special interest in LASIK surgery, small incision cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and medical and laser glaucoma therapy. Dr. Whitney has taught ophthalmology residents at Parkland Hospital in Dallas for over 19 years.

About the Trinity Clinic Eye Center

Trinity Clinic Eye Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases of the eye, as well as routine eye examinations. Clayton E. Whitney, MD, FAAO, FACS, chief of ophthalmology, has more than 20 years of experience in providing quality and compassionate care for patients throughout east Texas.

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