Modern Ophthalmology requires specialization and experience and uses some of the most high-tech and sophisticated pieces of medical equipment on the market.
As knowledge of the operating characteristics and treatment limitations of lasers increases, the use of lasers in the treatment of ophthalmological problems will be broadened.
But it’s not only the procedures that are evolving —so are the patients. Today, patients seek treatment earlier, lead more active lifestyles and expect more from their procedures than ever before.
Greece is leading the way in modern Ophthalmology: In Greece two state of the art techniques for the treatment of myopia and cataract + presbyopia are offered, that are not yet available in the US: ASLA and the AcrySof® PanOptix™ Intra-Ocular Lens.
* ASLA (All-Surface Laser Ablation): It is a brand new method used to correct aberrations and refractive errors, heralding a new era in myopia laser.
The procedure reduces operating time and has high patient acceptability.
During the process, the epithelium cells are gently removed, making the cornea accessible for reshaping. ASLA reduces recovery time, pain, and postoperative haze for a wide range of refractive errors. Patients experience little postoperative pain, they appreciate the lack of surgical instrumentation touching their eye and the rapidity of the procedure. They also report reduced photophobia and a more rapid epithelial closure.
The results of ASLA for myopic patients are equal to those for LASIK after one month. The long-term results may even be superior to LASIK. There are fewer dry eyes in comparison to LASIK treatments and no flap complications, because there is no corneal flap.
Only two centers in Geece possess a 8th generation refractive laser the Schwind Amaris 750S that can perform ASLA.
* The AcrySof® PanOptix™ IOL: Before intraocular lenses (IOLs) were developed, people had to wear very thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses to be able to see after cataract surgery. Now, with cataract lens replacement, several types of IOL implants are available to help people enjoy improved vision.
Cataracts are treated by removing the eye’s cloudy natural lens and replacing it with an artificial intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a man-made, clear acrylic or plastic lens placed inside the eye. It replaces the natural lens and remains permanently within the eye.
With IOLs, more than 98% of cataract surgeries are considered successful and patients can return to their normal routines within 24 hours.
The additional advantage of AcrylSof PanOptix is that it is a multifocal IOL; it provides two or more points of focus and it addresses one of the most prevalent vision concerns: presbyopia.