Providence Hospital First in Alabama to Adopt 3D System for Retina Surgery

February 22, 2016 10:07 am Published by

Providence Hospital has become the first hospital in Alabama to offer new 3D imaging technology that allows for a higher level of safety and precision in eye surgery.

Dr. Alan Franklin, a Mobile retinal surgeon and partner at Retina Specialty Institute who practices at Providence, performed the state’s first case in which the TrueVision® 3D Digital Microscope Platform was utilized for retina surgery.

“This is the next generation of retinal surgery – a totally new way of visualizing the retina,” said Dr. Franklin, an expert in diabetes-related research and retinal diseases. “This technology allows the surgeon to visualize the retina of the eye with amazing clarity and detail. It is better for the patient because it allows for a safer and faster surgery using a more precise visualization and technique than ever before.”

The technology can be used for many types of eye procedures, including surgical treatment of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Diabetes causes changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the thin, light-sensitive inner lining in the back of the eye leading to retinal damage termed diabetic retinopathy.

 “We are excited to be the first in Alabama to bring TrueVision® 3D surgery technology to our patients needing retina surgery,” said Todd Kennedy, president of Providence Hospital.  “With this new advance, we are making further strides to improve surgical procedures, speed recovery times, and to decrease complications for our patients.”

The hospital will offer a public preview of the Retinal Surgery on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building B lobby, at the Outpatient Services entrance.

For more information on 3D retina surgery, call Shannon Scaturro, Vice President, Surgical Services and Operations, at (251) 633-1000 or visit our website at

About TrueVision® 3D Surgical

TrueVision® 3D Surgical is the world leader in digital 3D visualization and guidance for microsurgery. Santa Barbara, California-based TrueVision® has developed and patented an intelligent, real-time, 3D surgical visualization and computer guidance platform. The company is focused on developing a suite of 3D guidance applications for microsurgery to improve surgical efficiencies and patient outcomes. The system is in use at hundreds of hospitals and institutions around the world.

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