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Laser eye correction centre to open today

india Updated: Sep 24, 2006 20:51 IST
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A STATE-OF-THE-ART laser vision correction center, Indore Lasik Laser Centre (ILLC) one of its kind facilities to have the latest and the fastest Lasik machine that would reduce or completely eliminate dependence on spectacles and contact lenses, would be inaugurated at DM Towers, 212/1 Race Course Road tomorrow.

Eminent Laser scientist and former head of Raja Ramnna Centre for Advanced Technology Padamshri D D Bhawalkar would inaugurate the Centre — a joint venture of 33 eye specialists from Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal —equipped with Allegretto EYE Q-400 machine manufactured in Germany.y.

“Refractive laser surgery has been in use since 1987. But now with the machine speed of 400 Hz, this treatment has become very fast and highly reliable,” Dr Sudhir Parwani, on behalf of the Directors of the Centre, told a press conference here today.

Highlighting on the fact that this is a cosmetic procedure, Dr Parwani said “girls of marriageable age, youngsters who want to pursue careers with priority on looks can take advantage of this procedure to improve their prospects without the spectacles.”

It is also useful in cases of child myopia, which is mostly hereditary, he said but cautioned that this should be and is generally done after the patient is 18.

Elaborating on the other advantages, Dr Aditya Agarwal said, “The patient need not even be admitted for a single day. He gets to go home soon after the procedure is over.” The post-operative care period for eye operations, which was generally one month or more, has been reduced to just one-two days and the patient can start all normal activities like driving etc after one week, Dr Agarwal informed.

The cost of the treatment varies from Rs 24,000 to Rs 30,000 here (Rs 45,000 to Rs 60,000 in metros). The coming together of the noted eye specialists has been a win-win situation for both the doctors and the patients as it has brought down the cost for the patients and reduced the burden on any single expert to invest huge amount in the machine costing in crores, the doctors said.

Lasik is a surgical procedure that uses a cool (non-thermal) beam of light to gently reshape the cornea of the eye to improve vision. The Centre has Topolyzer, Analyzer Pachymeter and other sophisticated diagnostic equipment as part of the detailed work-up to be done before the actual surgery. The data available through these machines using advanced software is directly transferred to the computer of the laser machine, which provides precision laser treatment.

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