The Ophthalmology Department of Tokuda Hospital offers a comprehensive range of services to diagnose and treat eye diseases. Our ophthalmologists perform operations for:
- retinal detachment
- ocular trauma, refractive surgery
- diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and pediatric eye surgery.
Unique to the region, we offer our patients a one-day eye surgery center.
The outpatient eye disease ward has two modernly equipped offices, one of which is designed for highly specialized procedures: Nd-Yag and Green lazer, fluorescent angiography, computerized perimeter, and an outpatient surgical theatre. In the medical center the department has a specialized pediatric ophthalmology office.
Unique innovation in treatment of cataracts
The newest techniques for cataract removal include using of femtosecond laser. Thanks to it some of the main stages of cataract surgery are executed totally automatic reducing the risk of complications to the absolute minimum.
The main difference between using the laser and the rest contemporary technologies for cataract removal is that they are based on the ultrasound. The laser technology is faster and more precised in the surgery. The equipment executes automatically the cuts in the eye, the removal of the front capsule and the fracturing of the lens core, creating individual profile of the eye.
There are five main stages in the cataract surgery and the first three of them are the most important. And exactly those three stages are executed by the femtosecond laser much better than the technologies before it. The first two stages are the cuts of the eye and the capsule, containing the biological lens. Using the ultrasound surgeons can never achieve absolutely precise round cut with the necessary diameter. Using the laser the cut is as big as the submited parameters in the machine. The precision and the size of the cuts is very important, because they can be a reason for subsequent complications like infections or even developing of astigmatism. The third stage of the cataract surgery is the fracturing of the core lens. The ultrasound uses more energy and more time while the laser shortens the process and there is no heating. All these advantages of the laser surgery ensures very good prerequisites for the last two parts of the intervention - the aspiration of lens' masses and the implantation of the intraocular lens.
The whole surgery lasts 5-10 minutes. It is absolutely bloodless, the patients are in conscious and anesthetic is used as drops in the eye. The cuts are smaller, there is no need of sutures and the recovery is very fast.
Because of the safety due to this technology, there is no need to wait for the cataract to develop in order to be operated. It can be operated in the earlier stages so the patient can see well without torturing himself.
Besides all the femtosecond laser can also correct astigmatism, which is another advantage for using it. This is done with special cuts in the eye cornea, which loosens the limb.
The laser is so safe to use that it is recommended even for the hardest surgeries - those for children. The hardest capsule cut is the one of the children and namely these little patients will have the most useful benefits of the femtosecond laser.
Verion system for electronically assisted surgery with image tracking
Tokuda Hospital applies in addition to the femtosecond laser a new system for improving the quality and safety of cataract surgery, combined with correction of astigmatism, short sightedness and long sightedness. It is called Verion and its idea is to help with the implantation of the secondary lens. In correction of astigmatism it positions the lens very precisely. Instead of marking with a pen the position on the picture of the cornea, now the eye is shot with a camera prior the operation, and after that the image is transferred to the surgery microscope and during the intervention it is being monitored for any discrepancies. Thus even the patient makes a movement during the operation, there is no danger of mistake, because the machine tracks where the lens must be fixed. The new system also shoots the surgery on a video. In case of mismatch with the expected results, it can be tracked where the mistake happened and it can be corrected. Thus the complications during the cataract surgery are completely minimized.
Check out a virtual panaroma of the operation theatre equipped for ophthalmological surgery:
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51B "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" blvd. (if you drive, the entrance is from "At. Dukov" str.), "Hladilnika" distr., 1407 "Lozenets".
The hospital has a parking lot. The first 30 min. are free of charge, then a fee of 3 bgn/hours applies.
Buses: №88, 120
Shuttle bus: 32
Subway: Getting off at "James Bourchier" station, after that walking through "Lozenets" distr., or tram №10, taking off at "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" stop. or a bus №88, taking ff at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.
From the Central Railway Station
Bus line №305 getting off at "Romanian embassy" stop
From "Romanian embassy" stop – Bus line №120 getting off at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.
(after the traffic lights at "Atanas Dukov" str.
With a subway, from "Central Railway Station" station, getting off at "James Bourchier" station, after that walking through "Lozenets" distr., or tram №10, taking off at "Nikola I. Vaptsarov" stop. or a bus №88, taking ff at "Tokuda Hospital" stop.