Ophthalmologists in 8 regions of Ghana are preparing to offer the new painless glaucoma treatment introduced to Ghana by UHAS to patients across the country.
This was disclosed by the head of ophthalmology department of UHAS, Dr Alfred Osafo Kwaako, while speaking at the 2018 Glaucoma Update Conference held at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and organised by the Ophthalmological Society of Ghana.
The minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is safe, affordable, painless and fast. It costs about 1000 cedis and takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. All eye hospitals across the country have been encouraged to start delivering this service to glaucoma patients.
The procedure involves the creation of a tiny channel by a surgeon to relieve the pressure in the eye and this ultimately eliminates the use of eyedrops by these patients.
"Since 2014, the MIGS procedure has been offered in the Volta region of Ghana. Ophthalmologists are now offering this service in all regions except the Upper East and Upper West regions. We are optimistic that, by the year 2020, all hospitals in Ghana will offer this service" Dr Osafo-Kwaako added.
Since the countrywide promotion of the painless procedure started about one year ago, no complications have been recorded. The only problem we encountered was that the procedure was ineffective in about 5% of Ghanaian patients treated, and these patients needed to repeat the painless procedure or return to the eyedrops they were using before the procedure.
For more information about treatment appointments in the various hospitals offering the procedure, call 0206430755, 0559480853 or WhatsApp 0559480457.
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