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Sunday, July 10, 2011
HEALTH & SURGERY: Hands-free cataract surgery successfully conducted!
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M. SAI GOPAL / The Hindu / HYDERABAD, July 10, 2011.
AN INNOVATION: A surgery that reduces the role of a surgeon’s hand in cataract removal is being performed at Maxivision in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: G. Ramakrishna - The Hindu.
Procedure beamed live from Hyderabad to Chennai
In a pioneering effort, eye surgeons from Maxivision here on Saturday successfully conducted an eye surgery without using the human hand.
Conventional surgeries need 40 per cent involvement of hands to make primary and secondary incisions and to cut open the lens capsule of the eye so that the cataract is removed using modern methods such as phaco surgery.
Surgeons, led by Maxivision CMD Dr. Kasu Prasad Reddy, used Femtosecond Laser, branded as Customlens, to conduct the surgery.
After the surgery, the laser could be used to conduct a refractive surgery to reduce the dependency on glasses and contact lenses. Customlens is developed by German company Technolas.
“The significant part of this new method is that surgeons now can make precise incisions, which is usually not possible with hands. This ensures better vision quality and excellent results. Apart from removing cataract, we are also using this laser to conduct refractive surgeries so that patients need not use spectacles,” Dr. Reddy told The Hindu.
The surgery was beamed live to eye surgeons, who were in a surgery convention in Chennai organised by Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society on Saturday.
This is the first time in the country such a novel surgery was taken up by using Customlens, the surgeons said.
Apart from being one of the most preferred surgical destinations in the World (due to economic reasons), India too has been pioneering in surgical innovations and advanced surgical procedures!