CBM Phaco Training Centre inaugurated in city

ST Correspondent
Monday, 18 February 2019

CBM Phaco Training Centre was inaugurated recently at a city-based hospital for providing phaco training courses to qualified ophthalmologists from the region. Phaco procedure offers faster visual recovery due to a smaller incision size during the cataract surgery.

Pune: CBM Phaco Training Centre was inaugurated recently at a city-based hospital for providing phaco training courses to qualified ophthalmologists from the region. Phaco procedure offers faster visual recovery due to a smaller incision size during the cataract surgery.

Col Madan Deshpande, Chief Medical Director at HV Desai Eye Hospital, where the centre was inaugurated, said that the hospital has been in the forefront for adopting latest technologies in the field of ophthalmology and make them accessible to everybody.

“The constant endeavour to upgrade also requires a lot of training and engagement with the doctors. The Phaco Training Centre will help increase the human resource for doing phaco surgeries that is Phacoemulsification procedure in cataract patients,” said Col Deshpande.

Explaining the Phacoemulsification procedure, Deshpande added that this procedure requires a practically imperceptible surgical incision, and then uses ultrasound to emulsify the cataract. 

“Thus having a minimal affection on the cornea and reducing drastically the recovery time due to the combination of microincision and lack of sutures. The implementation of this technique is determined after an assessment of the eye and the needs of the patient,” said Col Deshpande.

Dr Kuleep Dole, Medical Director at HV Desai Eye Hospital, said that cataract remains the major cause of avoidable blindness globally, and over the years, cataract surgery techniques have evolved considerably.

“Compared to ‘small incision cataract surgery’ (SICS), the current standard technique widely used by CBM partners, phaco offers faster visual recovery due to a smaller incision size. This method of cataract surgery causes less astigmatism, meaning fewer patients needing glasses after surgery. Phaco surgery allows surgeons to safely operate on cataracts in the earlier stages of the disease, meaning that patients can receive treatment earlier. Whilst not all cases are suitable for phaco surgery, many patients could be operated with this technique,” informed Dr Dole.

Dr Rajesh Kapse, CEO at the hospital, said that the centre has been set up with the help of Germany-based organisations Christofelbleinden Mission (CBM) and Zeiss for continuing education and training of 
ophthalmologists.

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