Turkey Provides The Latest Technology For Eye Surgery
There are a variety of conditions that may call for eye surgery; from cosmetic changes to vision-saving procedures, and each treatment comes with its own benefits, risks, and indications for use. The eye is a fragile organ that requires extreme care before, during, and after a surgical procedure. An expert eye surgeon is responsible for selecting the appropriate surgical procedure for the patient, and for taking the necessary safety precautions.
One of the primary critical questions which come up to mind when planning on eye treatment overseas is the excellence of the equipment used. Turkey has benefited significantly from the growth of health tourism in Europe and is now becoming increasingly popular as a medical tourist’s haven for eye surgery. Eye surgery in Turkey is popular because of its world-class international standards, and the country has the enormous advantage of offering highly trained ophthalmologists with low labour costs. Birinci Eye Hospital in Istanbul has expert staff and high technological equipment. The hospital offers all types of treatments and its mission is to be innovative, with continuous improvement in technology, treatments and security of the patient.
Common Eye Problems
Many people experience problems with their eyes, some of which develop or worsen as they get older. Fortunately, some eye (ocular) disorders disappear without treatment or can be managed by self-treating, but in some instances, what may seem like a minor eye problem may lead to a severe, potentially blinding condition. So, always check with your doctor for any persisting eye problem!
- Presbyopia - is part of the natural aging process of the eye, and can be easily corrected. Technically, it is the loss of the eye's ability to change its focus to see objects that are near.
- Dry Eyes - Tear components are secreted by special glands located around the eye. When there is an imbalance in this tear system, a person may experience dry eyes.
- Blepharitis - is a common eye condition characterized by often chronic inflammation of the eyelid, generally the part where eyelashes grow.
- Cataracts - are cloudy areas that develop within the eye lens. When a cataract is present, the light cannot get through the lens and, as a result, vision can be impaired.
- Conjuctivitis (Pink Eye) - is an inflammation of the thin tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. Pinkeye caused by some bacteria and viruses can spread easily from person to person.
- Diabetic Retinopathy - occurs as a result of high blood sugar and can cause blindness if left untreated.
- Floaters, Flashes and Spots - floaters and spots typically appear when tiny pieces of the eye's gel-like vitreous break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. Light flashes (photopsia) can occur when the retina receives non-visual (mechanical) stimulation, which can happen when it is being tugged, torn or detached.
- Glaucoma - occurs when there is a typical and progressive deterioration of the optic nerve. Glaucoma is often associated with an increased pressure of the eye.
- Macular Degenation - is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates.
- Retinal Detachment - The retina is a thin lining on the back of the eye made up of cells that collect visual images and pass them on to the brain. Retinal disorders interrupt this transfer of images.
- Strabismus - also known as heterotropia, is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other.
- Polymyalgia rheumatica - Also known as giant cell arteritis, this condition is an inflammation of the arteries throughout the body.
- Myopia - is a condition of the eye where the light that comes in does not directly focus on the retina but in front of it, causing the image that one sees when looking at a distant object to be out of focus, but in focus when looking at a close object.
Innovative Eye Surgeries and Procedures
Birinci Eye Hospital is one of the largest hospital branches in Turkey and Europe – a provider of world class ophthalmology treatments and procedures through its qualified eye surgeons, and modern eye technology. Birinci’s opthalmologists and eye surgeons specialize in specific eye surgeries such as iLasik With Wavefront, Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma, Cornea Implantation with Intralase Laser, Vitreoretinal and Oculoplastic Surgeries, Multifocal Lens Implantation and Acu Focus/Presby Lasik.
- Refractive Surgery and Excimer LASER - iLASIK, LASIK and LASEK
Refractive Surgery is the type of surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Refractive surgery technics are iLASIK, LASIK, LASEK and PRK.
In LASIK technique, a tiny layer (flap) is taken up from the foremost transparent layer of cornea by a device called microkeratom or by femtosecond laser. Then, excimer laser is applied under this layer to reshape the cornea.
LASEK is a surface ablation procedure similar and it involves removing the outer layer of the cornea (the epithelium) with an alcohol solution before re-sculpting the cornea with the excimer laser.
iLASIK (Blade-Free Laser) is the combination of today’s innovative laser technology INTRA-LASE™ and customized treatment (Advanced CustomVueTM). iLasik is completely computer-controlled and does not allow any mechanical interference. Corneal incision required for Lasik is done blade-free by highly reliable and unprecedentedly sensitive laser.
- Cataract Surgery and Femtosecond Cataract Surgery
Cataract has no medication treatment; the only treatment is surgery. During Cataract Surgery, lens layer which has lost its transparency is removed and replaced with an artificial lens so that the patient is allowed to see well again. Cataract Surgery is managed without injection, anesthesia and pain but only by eye-numbing drops so the patient can return home on the same day.
Femtosecond Cataract Surgery is the latest technology using for cataract surgery, and brings micron level accuracy, needle-free, blade-free surgery to the patient. It is the greatest breakthrough in cataract surgery in the last 25 years, it is the safest cataract surgery in the world today, and it allows no-needles, no-blades just perfect precision surgery for the patients.
- Keratoconus Treatments - Intrastromal Ring Implantation and Cross-Linking
Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the cornea. The cornea normally is a smooth, round dome-like shape, however in keratoconus, the cornea becomes very thin, irregular, and starts to protrude from the center or just below the center like a cone. Intrastromal Ring Implantation is applied if the keratoconus is not in the advanced period. The cornea ring is placed in the channels that are opened with laser in the cornea. The surgery is made under local anesthesia.
Non-surgical, non-invasive treatment, based on collagen cross linking with Ultraviolet A and riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is now available at Birinci Eye Hospital. This changes the biomechanical properties of the cornea, increasing its mechanical strength. The treatment is performed in operation theatre under complete sterile conditions, using anesthetic eye drops. Usually one eye is treated in one sitting.
- Presbyopia and Kamra Inlay
Presbyopia is the clinical term for the loss of near vision and affects most people by their 40’s and 50’s. The Kamra inlay is implanted under a Lasik flap or it is placed into an intra-corneal pocket created by a laser. The Kamra is placed in one eye only and the procedure is completely reversible for anyone who does not like the result.
- Oculoplastic Surgery and Eye Aesthetic
Oculoplastic Suregry and Eye Aesthetic branch deals with eyelids, tear paths and orbit (eyeball) diseases, comprising the following scopes: congenital or aging eyelid ptosis, inward or outward rotation of eyelids, eyelid pockets, eye tumors, wrinkles around the eyes, obstruction to tear paths, orbit diseases, prosthetic eye, deformation in eyelid appearance due to facial paralysis, eye diseases due to thyroid disease. It is essential for eyelid surgery to be performed by oculoplastic surgeons who are competent in eyelid anatomy and cosmetic surgery principles.
Instructions for post operative patients after eye surgery
- Use eye shield for protection when you sleep, and dark glasses during daytime. Wash the eye shield and the glasses with soap and water each day.
- Cleaning of the operated eye will be as per the instructions given by the doctor/nurse. Avoid splashing water into the operated eye. Shaving is permitted, but avoid splashing water after shaving.
- Avoid cosmetics to the eye for at least one month, and avoid driving until your surgeon gives you permission.
- Activities such as walking, talking, TV viewing can be resumed immediately after surgery. However, jogging, swimming, gardening, contact sports may have to be avoided until 4-6 weeks after surgery.
The following symptoms may be expected after most eye surgeries: redness, watering, foreign body sensation, glare. The severity varies with the type of surgery and these symptoms will disappear by 4-6 weeks. If you have any worsening of the symptoms and specifically if there is increasing redness, pain or decreased vision you should contact your doctor immediately.
Medical Tourism in Turkey
Turkey’s highly respected reputation has made this country a leading medical tourism destination in Europe and the Middle East. Turkey offers various types of medical care packages, including liposuction, lasik eye surgery, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, gender reassignment surgery, orthodontics, kidney dialysis, brain surgery, orthopedic joint replacements, cardiovascular surgery, organ transplants, stem cell implantation, fertility treatments and many others. The hospitals and clinics in Turkey are according to the European Unions’ standards, with doctors and nurses well-known for their experience at handling culture shock and helping patients feel at home.
In Turkey, the prices for eye surgery are low enough to attract foreign patients, and medical care packages provided for foreigners usually cover accommodation and vacation costs. At Birinci Eye Hospital, the cost for i-LASIK (both eyes) is $1,249, the Socket Revision Surgery is $4,200 per eye and the Prosthetic Eye Surgery is $2,500 per eye. As part of its healthcare initiatives, Birinci Eye Hospital aims to provide reliable eye care without compromising the ethical values and exceeding the patient’s satisfaction. Birinci provides all types of eye examinations and treatments, and their private patient rooms are comparable to a five star hotel, with 8 operation theaters and 25 examination suites, all hepa-filtered.
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