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Jamaica now has leading centre for laser vision-correction surgery

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 1:00 AMDr Maynard McIntosh
Dr. Maynard McIntosh performing Femtosecond laser flap, which is done just prior to the resurfacing procedure to correct vision (Excimer LASER).

While at a high-profile wedding ceremony recently, I couldn't help noticing this beautiful woman posturing for a photo-op. After she had perfected her pose in the most 'modelesque' fashion, alas, she had to do a retake because her myopic corrective device got in the way of her otherwise flawless face.

Spectacles are more and more becoming a fashion accessory to vindicate the necessity of their function, but most still fantasise "what if I never had to wear them?!"

The cornea at the front of the eye is responsible for channelling light through the rest of the eye for focus and vision. In near- and far-sightedness, the eyeball is relatively too long or too short, respectively, and in astigmatism, the surface is not evenly curved.

 

ALTERNATIVE

 

Reshaping the cornea by using LASER technology is one way to permanently address these conditions, a good alternative to the yearly upgrades of prescription spectacle lenses. Caribbean LASIK Vision Centre (CLVC), located at 34 Lady Musgrave Road in Kingston, now offers the most technologically advanced form of this therapy.

For adults 20 to 40 years old who consider the freedom from spectacles an important aspect of their active lifestyle, LASIK is a great alternative and in the long run, a great investment in their visual health. However, not all cases of these conditions are good candidates, especially persons with very high correction or chronic eye diseases. CLVC offers free evaluation and counselling for all interested and potential candidates.

LASIK (Laser In-situ Keratomileusis) is a procedure performed by creating a very thin flap on the surface of the cornea and reshaping the stroma beneath, then repositioning the flap which heals quite fast due to the nature of its anatomy and physiology. Technology has advanced to the point where, instead of using a blade called a Micro-keratome to perform this procedure (which is responsible for a lot of the more common complications), a Femtosecond laser can be used to make a precise flap before applying the Excimer laser to do the reshaping exercise.

 

COMMON PROCEDURE

 

More than 700,000 LASIK procedures for vision correction are done annually in the United States alone, making it the most common elective procedure performed by surgeons.

Femtosecond LASIK is the most technologically advanced form of LASIK, erasing surgeon and patient anxiety about the accuracy and safety of the procedure, and up to recently was not offered in the Caribbean. Thanks to the efforts of Alcon, working through CLVC, this technology is now here in Jamaica. This makes us the leading centre in the region for refractive vision correction, also offering multifocal and toric implants for persons undergoing cataract and other surgical procedures involving lens exchange.

The centre brings together a group of specialists from here in Jamaica, Barbados and Florida in a collaborative effort to make available the best and most advanced technology in refractive surgery, the Alcon Wavelight Refractive Suite. Also, this system is utilised to correct residual astigmatism after eye surgeries via Limbal Relaxing Incisions, reduce astigmatism in Keratoconus using Intra-Stromal rings, and create safe and accurate endothelial dissection in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty.

For more information on LASIK vision correction visit our website www.ophthalmicsuites.com or call us at 876-630 0958/630 0864.

- Dr Maynard McIntosh, MB, BS; Adv DO, is a graduate University of the West Indies with MB BS (Hons); consultant ophthalmologist Eyelite Optical & Ophthalmic Suites; Anterior Segment and Phaco-refractive surgeon; certified Femto-LASIK surgeon; National Blind Sports Classifier.