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New laser technology helps Minnesota teen see clearly

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New laser technology is helping Minnesotans see more clearly. Fourteen-year-old Megan Phillips has been waiting 10 years for her cataracts surgery.

Megan didn't have a typical childhood. When she was four years old she got E. coli. Doctors in a Texas hospital treated her with steroids. She even crashed once, but doctors revived her.

Megan's moms says, "(doctors) performed emergency procedures on her and brought her back to life. It was just a horrible time."

After six weeks in a drug induced coma, Megan got better, moved back to Minnesota and even joined a soccer team.

She was warned the steroids could cause problems down the road, but no one knew how severe.

Years later, she diagnosed with diabetes and started to lose her vision.

So Megan's mom went to Doctor Chu. In January, he got the newest technology for cataracts. It's the Victus femtosecond laser machine. There are only 10 in the country. The first step in cataracts surgery is opening the membrane that holds the cataracts.

Doctor Chu says, "That's usually the most delicate difficult part of the surgery. That's what the laser allows surgeons to do more precisely more predictably and in my opinion more safely for patients."

The procedure only takes minutes.

After the eye is cleared he puts a special implant into Megan's eye that will help her see far and close up.

Megan says, "I can read books again. I couldn't stand not to read books anymore, it was really bad."

After a successful surgery, Megan's vision into what the future holds is now clearer.

She says, "I really want to be a nurse practitioner or registered nurse. I really want to help people."

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