The annual international ophthalmology conference was held under the auspices of the Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Obaid Al Saidi, in which Muscat Eye Laser Center introduced SmartSurfACE, an innovative eye laser surgery method with No Touch Technique
24 January 2017, Muscat: The International Ophthalmology Conference inaugurated by Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Obaid Al Saidi, Health Minister of the Sultanate of Oman, at the prestigious and modern Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre invited specialists to discuss current modalities of corneal and retinal pathologies.
The topics under discussion included an overview and updates in Keratoconus, Vitro-Retinal Diseases, Eye Banking, Keratoplasty, Presbyopia, management of Corneal Astigmatism and Refractive surgery such as PRK, Lasik, ReLEx Smile and Femto Lasik. Four doctors from Muscat Eye Laser Centre participated in the conference.
Dr. Juan Arbelaez, Cornea & Refractive Surgeon and Associate Scientific Director on behalf of the Medical and Scientific Director of Muscat Eye Laser Center, Dr. Maria Clara Arbelaez, held a discussion on Lasik with latest Excimer laser technology and new treatments on No Touch Technique in surface laser treatments. As the name itself indicates, SmartSurfACE by Schwind is an innovative eye laser surgery method that works without touching the eye – there is no use of blade, no flap, no suction of the eye and no cutting into the cornea. “This is a non-invasive, safe, gentle and stress-less surgery with none of the side effects of other methods,” maintains Dr. Arbelaez. The Center is the first clinic in Oman to have introduced this pioneering surgery
Dr. Dario Victoria, Cataract & Refractive Surgeon and Associate Medical Director at Muscat Eye Laser Center, gave a detailed account on Presbyopia: Multifocal Lenses while Dr. Dita Sekito, Ophthalmologist at Muscat Eye Laser Center, talked of Pediatric Cross Linking in Keratoconus. Dr. Juan Arbelaez, also spoke of Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK): Indications and Surgical technique bases of replacing an infected, thin layer on the inner side of the cornea instead of the entire cornea. In addition, he also had a discussion on Keratoconus and how to ‘Think Outside the Cone’. Both his lectures reflected on his experiences in Oman.