169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Welcome to Lourdes
Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center!
Lasers have been used in health care for many years. Since 1988,
Lourdes Hospital has been using this innovative technology for many
types of surgery: general, eye, plastic, oral, podiatry,
dermatology, gynecology, and ear, nose, & throat. The future
promises to bring additional applications and innovations to the
medical laser field.
What is a Laser?
LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification through Stimulated
Emission of Radiation. A laser is a tool which emits a specific
color and intensity of light. This concentrated light can be used
as a surgical instrument. The color and intensity of the light beam
determines its effectiveness for a specific medical treatment.
Lasers receive their color, and are named for, the materials used
to produce the light (e.g., Argon, Krypton, Ruby, and Carbon
How Does a Laser Work?
Lasers heat the body tissue being treated. A doctor uses a laser
the same way a scalpel would be used to cut tissue. The light is so
concentrated and precisely directed that the surrounding tissue is
What are the
Advantages of Using a Laser?
Lasers allow doctors to make small incisions. Many patients
experience less bleeding, less pain, less chance of infection, and
have a shorter recovery time when a laser is used. Though lasers
are state-of-the-art tools, they do not guarantee the treatment
will be easier or faster. Your doctor, a skilled professional who
knows your health care needs, is the best person to advise you
whether or not your treatment should include laser services.
Are Lasers Safe?
Yes. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets
guidelines for the safe operation of medical lasers. Lourdes
Hospital follows these guidelines strictly. Laser light is very
powerful and you will be given protective eyewear if the choice of
laser treatment requires it. There is no x-ray radiation present in
the laser beam, which means it can be used during pregnancy without
harm to the baby.
What are the Quality
In addition to federal guidelines, Lourdes Hospital studied
guidelines from major laser care centers across the country. With
this information, Lourdes established strict standards for laser
safety and training. The laser team consists of specially trained
nurses, technicians, and doctors. They are continuously improving
their knowledge and skills by attending progressive, specialized
institutes throughout the country. Lourdes, a regional leader in
laser assisted surgeries and treatments, has introduced many laser
procedures to the area.
Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment
Center has been designed with you in mind. Lasers for use
in skin and eye treatments are located in a comfortable hospital
setting located on the main floor inside the
Atrium. Convenient parking is available in Lot G.
- Use the West Drive to enter the Lourdes Hospital campus
(located at the traffic light at Riverside Drive and Kneeland
- Proceed down the West Drive to the second stop sign. The
Ambulatory Care Center and the new Main Entrance to the Hospital
will be on your left.
- Turn right to park in Lot G.
- Enter through the new Main Entrance.
- Pass the reception desk then turn left to enter the main
- Proceed down the hallway to elevators 1 & 2.
- Take elevators 1 & 2 to the main floor.
- As you get off the elevator, there is a hallway to the
immediate right; follow this hallway to the Atrium located on your
- Please check in with the Secretary in the Ophthalmology Surgery
/ Laser Treatment Center. The entrance to the Center is located
across from the gift shop/café. If you have any special needs
(e.g., wheelchair) or any questions, please do not hesitate to
Preadmission Testing at 607-798-5791 or
Ambulatory Surgery at 607-798-5321.
For general inquiries, call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery /
Laser Treatment Center at 607-798-5991.
FOR YOUR VISION
Learn more about lasers are used to treat these ophthalmological
conditions: Cataract, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration.
LASERS AND DERMATOLOGY
Learn more about how lasers are used in the treatment of these
dermatological conditions: Facial Telangiectasias, Pigmented
Lesions, Spider Veins, Vascular
Lesions, and Tattoo Removal.