As part of ongoing efforts to develop ophthalmology services in the country, the Ophthalmology Department at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) opened a new Laser Vision Correction Unit at their Ambulatory Care Center (ACC).
The opening of the new unit comes as part of the HMC’s plan to establish several specialised diagnostic and treatment units covering all specialities and sub-specialities of ophthalmology.
Dr Fatima Al Mansouri, Senior Consultant and Head of the Ophthalmology Department at HMC, said the unit is equipped with cutting-edge laser eye surgery technology, including Femto-Lasik technology and Femto-Smile technology. The equipment is the latest vision correction technology and is being used at HMC for the first time.
The new Laser Vision Correction Unit was opened to meet the increasing demand for specialised ophthalmology treatment services in the country, says Dr Al Mansouri. It will meet the needs of the population in correcting vision errors and common vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.
Many patients who use eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct vision problems will benefit from the services of the new unit. All they need is a referral from one of our cornea specialists who can then access their suitability for laser treatment.
The unit will initially operate one day every two weeks and will be staffed with consultants and specialists in cornea diseases as well as allied healthcare professionals and nursing teams. The unit will provide vision correction treatment using laser technology for patients 20 years and older. It will also provide treatments for younger patients with rare eye diseases and conditions that require intervention.
Ophthalmology services currently provided at the ACC include glaucoma, cornea, optic nerves, ophthalmitis, retina, eye socket, and cosmetology treatment. Paediatric eye diseases and strabismus are also treated at the unit. The ACC has a diagnostic unit equipped with all devices to diagnose eye diseases.
Key HMC leaders in attendance at the opening toured the Ophthalmology Department and were briefed by Consultant Ophthalmologist Dr Mohamed Farouq on the role of the new unit and the latest diagnostic technologies it offers. The group also observed a laser vision correction procedure being performed on a patient and learned about the advanced capabilities of the unit’s laser equipment.
Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist Dr Fahad Al Qahtani said the new unit will offer highly advanced laser vision correction procedures equipped with the most advanced technologies and equipment. Laser vision correction surgeries take a few minutes to complete and have very positive outcomes for patients, enabling them to no longer need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses. The unit will receive patients referred from primary healthcare centres and by ACC ophthalmologists.
According to Dr Omar Mohamed Al Qahtani, Deputy Medical Director and Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Al Wakra Hospital, the unit offers vision correction surgeries using three different technologies: Laser, Lasik, and Femto-SMILE technologies.
Femto-SMILE is considered the most advanced technology in this field and is only available in the most advanced ophthalmology centres around the world. This modern technology helps reduce patient recovery time and limits the risk of most of the potential complications of vision correction surgeries. It can also be used to correct high degrees of refractive errors.
The ACC’s Ophthalmology Unit provides outpatient services for more than 80,000 patients each year. In addition to the ACC, HMC provides ophthalmology services at Al Khor Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and The Cuban Hospital.
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