New package for advanced treatment of cataract (phacoemulsification/phaco)
Package cost: Ksh140,000
What is Phacoemulsification?
Phacoemulsification is a modern-day technique of cataract surgery.
Why is this surgery necessary?
It is a surgery used to restore vision in people with cataracts. Cataract is an opacification of the eye's natural lens.
What technology is required for this surgery?
Phacoemulsification is performed with a sophisticated equipment called a phaco machine. It consists of a hand piece, foot pedal, irrigation and aspiration system, and a variety of tips bent at different angles to accurately deliver the ultrasonic energy.
The energy from the waves of ultrasound break the cataract into small pieces; Those pieces are aspirated out of the eye with a vacuum. The procedure is completed by replacing the cataract with an artificial permanent lens.
How effective is this treatment from other?
Before phacoemulsification was pioneered, surgeons would remove the entire lens which required a big incision of the eye and therefore delaying healing.
With phacoemulsification, in most cases, vision is immediately corrected and the replacement lens becomes a permanent, stable part of the eye.
What benefits does Phacoemulsification offer?
The advantages of phacoemulsification over traditional cataract surgery include;
- A smaller incision is needed to suction out the emulsified lens material, reducing not only the recovery time but the risk of complications.
- Added advantage for diabetic patients: no delay of healing as before with et the risk of infection.
- Lens stability: The entire lens capsule is retained, ensuring a more stable foundation for the replacement lens.