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Hospital Introduces Laser Technology To Treat Cataracts, Refractive Errors

By Mercy Ada
25 April 2015   |   5:32 am
THE Eye Foundation Hospital has introduced a new technology, femto laser technology, to treat cataracts and refractive errors.
Eye- image source ophthalmologyweb

Eye- image source ophthalmologyweb

THE Eye Foundation Hospital has introduced a new technology, femto laser technology, to treat cataracts and refractive errors.

The hospital revealed the new development recently at a clinical and business workshop organised by health partners under the aegis of Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO) for ophthalmologists and optometrists on how to maximise the use of the new technology.

Speaking after the end of the workshop, the Chief Executive of Eye Foundation Hospital Group, Dr Kunle Hassan, explained why the refractive Laser surgery and the new full cataract laser surgery were introduced.

He said: “We are here today because of the advanced technological changes going on in the eye care sector. Eye Foundation is usually on top of available high tech modalities for treating eye diseases. Our benchmark is the international standard practice.

We are introducing the advance femto laser technology for cataract surgery and correction of refractive errors for those who do not want to wear glasses in Nigeria.

It is the first in sub-Sahara Africa and it’s a special laser that is different from any kind we have been used to. The whole procedure is done with laser, and it is safe and with predictable result.”

Hassan added:” It is done for people who do not want to wear glasses, for short sightedness, long sightedness, presbyopia, keratoconus, astigmatism or whatever refractive error.

Femto laser surgery is usually done with topical anaesthesia eye drops to numb the eye; No injection is required and the procedure takes just five to 10 minutes. There is no eye pad, no hospitalisation and the effect is immediate.”