UHAS introduces painless procedure to treat glaucoma

UHAS introduces painless procedure to treat glaucoma
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | NSA
Date: 22-11-2017 Time: 05:11:09:pm

The Eye Department of the University of Health and Allied sciences in Ho, is collaborating with some eye clinics in Accra, Agogo and Breman Asikuma townships to provide painless minimally invasive glaucoma surgery to glaucoma patients in Ghana, starting from April 2018.

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 centres 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 everyday eyedrops by these patients. Glaucoma patients now have another treatment option. Previous options available were the use of 1,2 or 3 eyedrops everyday for the rest of their lives or to undergo a traditional surgery that may be painful, takes about 1 hour to complete and has some complications that are avoided in the new procedure. However, the traditional surgery is still considered as the gold standard because it has been well- researched. There are many types of MIGS. Some types are not painless; others may be very expensive ; other types may take a long time from start to finish. 

Since 2014, the MIGS procedure has been offered at the Margret Marquart Catholic hospital in Kpando, Dr Rose Mompi Eye Hospital in Hohoe and the Volta regional hospital in Ho. We are optimistic that, by the year 2030, all hospitals in Ghana will deliver this service. 

Charity operations, free for the poor, are available at the Good Shepherd Eye Hospital in Breman Asikuma in the central region. A majority of these charity operations will be sponsored by the Gaede foundation.

Since the promotion of the painless procedure started about 6 months ago in the Volta region of Ghana, no complications have been recorded. The only problem we encountered was that the procedure was ineffective in about 5% of Ghanaian patients operated, and these patients needed to repeat the painless procedure or return to the eyedrops they were using before the procedure. 
However, our major challenge is that, as expected in the promotion of every new competing product or service, we do not expect all eye doctors to support this procedure at this stage. However, we are optimistic that by the year 2030, all eye doctors who are trained in ophthalmic surgery will be offering this service. 

For more information about the various  venues and dates for the procedure , call 0206430755 or 0559480853 or WhatsApp 0559480457.

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