New Non-Penetrating Surgical Treatment for Glaucoma Patients

Published October 20th, 2009 - 01:55 GMT

Glaucoma has been nicknamed the "sneak thief of sight" because the loss of vision normally occurs gradually over a long period of time and is often only recognised when the disease is quite advanced. New surgical techniques, such as those that use non-penetrating methods rather than traditional surgery, mean that patients are less at risk of complications during their treatment for glaucoma.

 

Any procedure that can make eye surgery quicker or less painful has to be good news for everyone. At Sight 2009, a multi-track CME-accredited conference and exhibition to be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 10 to 12 November 2009, the region’s ophthalmologists will be learning how to use non-penetrating surgery as a new surgical treatment for glaucoma patients reducing recovery time, and saving stress and discomfort.

 

The new treatment will be presented by Dr Dida Kazakova who is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Glaucoma Department at the 1st City Hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria and a leading expert in treatment of glaucoma. At Sight 2009 she will be running a lecture on “Non-Penetrating Surgery as a New Surgical Treatment for Glaucoma Patients – An Alternative to Traditional Trabeculectomy”. This type of surgery is a filtrating surgical technique where the eye's anterior chamber remains intact resulting in fewer complications than during traditional surgical techniques.

 

“Non-penetrating glaucoma surgery has fewer complications than a traditional trabeculectomy (first done in 1968) and allows us the option to perform YAG-laser goniopuncture at a later stage thus transforming non-penetrating surgery into a penetrating one,” Dr Kazakova explains.

 

“The aim of a filtrating surgery is, on the one hand, to reduce the intraocular pressure (IOP) which is the fluid pressure in the eye and, and on the other, to preserve the function of the eye. With non-penetrating surgery, we come closer to achieving this aim and although traditional trabeculectomy also reduces the IOP, the complications that it may induce sometimes outweigh the benefits of this type of surgery. This is a lively issue and highly debated between surgeons but ultimately the best choice of surgical technique must be made on the grounds of each individual case.”

 

Dr Kazakova feels that Sight 2009 is a great opportunity for industry professionals to debate the merits of new techniques and to optimise treatment techniques.


“Sight 2009 is a very important meeting as it allows us to exchange ideas and views on what is new and effective in ophthalmology. We can take home ideas and apply them in practice. This type of industry event gives us first-hand access to high-level equipment which allows us to better diagnose patients and treat them in a modern way.”

 

For more information on Dr Kazakova’s lecture series please call +971 4 4072 743 or visit www.sightme.com for details on attending this much anticipated event.


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