“Maestro is my workhorse” says Cataract Surgeon Dee Stephenson, MD

Dr. Dee Stephenson, a cataract and refractive surgeon from Venice, Florida, shares her firsthand experience with the Topcon Maestro2 OCT and explains why it’s an indispensable tool for her practice. Discover how the powerful and compact Maestro2 revolutionizes pre-operative planning.

Video Transcript

I’m Dee Stephenson. I’m a cataract refractive surgeon from Venice, Florida. Topcon has been a company that’s been around for a long time and I have had many of their diagnostic tools. I had a Topcon OCT from before and I needed to purchase a new one, and Maestro just seemed like the perfect match for my practice. Because it’s such a robust, small footprint OCT, and I have a boutique practice in Florida. So of course, where it fits in my office is really vital to how much we can use it. And this is, my instrument is used every day. For all of my surgical planning, you know, I do about 87% premium lenses. And it’s every patient that undergoes surgery by me gets a preoperative OCT. You know, my eyes are good. I’ve used an indirect ophthalmoscope and a direct ophthalmoscope for a long, long time, but never can I see what an OCT will show me. So I have been fooled by my own naked eye, by looking at something, thinking, “Oh, their retina is fine.” And then I do a OCT and the retina is not fine. And as we know, if you do not diagnose it before cataract surgery and you don’t explain it to the patient, it’s your problem. If you do it preoperatively and you tell the patient, “You have a small retinal membrane,” or, “You have a vitreous detachment,” or, “You have peripheral a hole or a tear, a operculum,” all of those things, or, “You have macular edema,” or, “You have diabetic retinopathy,” or, “You have macular degeneration,” all those things are very, very important in the journey in cataract surgery. So you wanna be as complete as you can. And the beauty of this OCT, not only is it easy to use, you know, was a no-brainer. My two technicians are superb technicians and they can use any diagnostic tools. This had no learning curve, was very, very easy. The learning curve was to know about all the testing and all the printouts that you can get and all the things that you can follow. And things that are easy for a patient to understand, this OCT is really awesome for that.

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