Tokuda Hospital Sofia


New Glaucoma Microsurgery in Bulgaria Performed at Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital

24 march 2017

Microimplants save patients long and severe surgery with multiple postoperative risks

Innovative microimplants for the treatment of glaucoma were placed in three patients at Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital. Each of the three interventions lasted some 10 minutes. The goal of the surgical procedure is to achieve an intraocular pressure of 13-15 mm of range, where vision is not threatened by loss or further deterioration. Standard glaucoma surgeries are performed with long duration and risks of postoperative complications such as hypotension, bleeding, corneal edema, etc. Here, implants themselves are 6 mm in size and placed bloodlessly under local anesthesia without the need for incisions and thread insertion.

“Microimplants and this surgical technique enable patients to adequately and safely control high levels of intraocular pressure through a very short intervention and does not carry the risks of glaucoma surgeries performed so far”, said Dr. Alek Topov, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda. The surgery is performed with a very small incision of 1-1.2 mm, the implant-like tube is placed through, discharging the fluid, causing the elevated intraocular pressure. Patients stay in the hospital for one day, and upon discharge they may return to their usual activities. I am glad we already have these innovative implants in Bulgaria in order improve the quality of life of glaucoma patients”, added Dr. Topov.

Glaucoma is one of the most treacherous diseases characterized by progressive and irreversible weakening of vision due to ocular nerve damage caused by high eye pressure. Half of the patients do not know about their illness and turn to a specialist when their eyesight is already severely damaged. Everyone over 35 years of age needs to have a prophylactic examination with an ophthalmologist with intraocular pressure measurement, specialists advise. Contemporary early-stage treatment offers an opportunity to master the condition and then glaucoma patients may enjoy good quality of life while being actively monitored once in three months.

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51B Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Blvd., Sofia, 1407 (if you drive, the entrance is from Atanas Dukov str.)

The hospital has a parking lot for patients and visitors. The first 30 min. are free of charge, the first hour after that has a 3 BGN fee, and for every next hour a 2BGN/hrs. fee applies.
IMPORTANT! Have in mind that the parking lot is very busy Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 14.00. The hospital team will appreciate if those whose health condition allow, take the drop off option without parking or use other transport means or alternative parking lots in the area.

Public transport:
Buses: №88, 120

Metro lines: You can get off at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station and walk to the hospital.


From the Central Railway Station

Bus: take bus #305 and get off at Romanian Embassy stop, then transfer to bus #120 to Tokuda Hospital stop.

Metro: Take metro line Nadezda-Lozenetz and get off either at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station, then walk to the hospital.