With first-of-its-kind advanced technology in Qatar, the unit aims to target demand for specialised ophthalmology treatment services.
A new Laser Vision Correction Unit was opened at the Hamad Medical Corporation’s [HMC] Ambulatory Care Centre on Oct 4 as part of plans to establish specialised diagnostic and treatment units covering all specialties of ophthalmology.
The unit will initially operate for one day fortnightly and will be staffed with consultants and specialists in cornea diseases. It will provide vision correction treatment for patients 20 years old and above, while also providing treatments for younger patients who have rare eye diseases.
“The unit offers vision correction surgeries using three different technologies, namely: Laser, Lasik, and Femto-SMILE technologies,” Dr. Omar Mohamed Al Qahtani, Deputy Medical Director and Head of the Ophthalmology Department at Al Wakra Hospital said.
“Femto-SMILE is considered the most advanced technology in this field and is only available in the most advanced ophthalmology centres around the world. This modern technology helps reduce patient recovery time and limits the risk of most of the potential complications of vision correction surgeries. It can also be used to correct high degrees of refractive errors,” he added.
Ophthalmology services currently provided at the care centre include glaucoma, cornea, optic nerves, ophthalmitis, retina, eye socket, and cosmetology treatment. Pediatric eye diseases and strabismus are also treated at the unit. The centre also has a diagnostic unit equipped with all devices to diagnose eye diseases.
Hamad’s Ambulatory Care Centre provides outpatient services for more than 80,000 patients each year. The public health service also provides ophthalmology services at Al Khor Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital, and The Cuban Hospital.