In Sweden today there can be long waiting times to see an eye doctor. But there is no reason to wait. Through our partner clinic in Riga, we offer comprehensive eye examinations and treatments with no waiting times at all. With its skilled specialists and state-of-the-art equipment, the clinic meets EU quality standards and has ophthalmologists who perform most of the treatments available today.
GLAUCOMA AND CATARACTS
Glaucoma and cataracts are two of the most common eye diseases. Glaucoma damages the optic nerve and leads to gradual loss of vision. The disease is most common among the elderly, and is one of the leading causes of blindness today. Cataracts cause the transparent lens of the eye to become cloudy, so that light is unable to reach the retina. This cloudiness is caused by the cells of the lens dying and turning grey. Although cataracts are most common among the elderly, the condition is also seen in newborns..
If glaucoma is diagnosed at an early stage, administering eye drops to reduce the pressure in the eye may be sufficient, but if you have an adverse reaction to the medication or if the disease has progressed too far, surgery may be called for. If the disease is detected in time, it is almost always possible to prevent loss of vision.
In the early stages of a cataract, wearing glasses may be enough for the patient to see, but an operation is required once the visual impairment becomes too severe. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and involves removing the damaged lens and replacing it with an artificial one.
Swedish Medcare’s partner clinic corrects both glaucoma and cataracts. The first step is to perform a comprehensive eye examination in order to determine what treatment is required. The procedures are performed by experienced surgeons under outpatient conditions, meaning that you can generally leave the clinic the same day.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
VISION CORRECTION WITH ICL
As an alternative to laser treatments, Swedish Medcare provides ICL (Intraocular Contact Lens), a method involving the placement of a very thin artificial lens in the eye. The lens is made of collamer, a biocompatible material tolerated so well that you will not notice anything is there.
ICL is a permanent solution, but is also reversible. Meaning that you can replace the lens, should it become necessary to do so in the future. This method can be used to correct significant vision problems. This procedure is performed under outpatient conditions, and involves making an approximately 3mm long incision through which the lens is inserted. This is performed under local anaesthetic and takes about 15 minutes. Your vision will generally improve immediately after the procedure, and will stabilise permanently within the week. The pressure inside the eye is measured 2 to 3 hours after the lens is inserted, as is the proper positioning of the lens, after which the patient can leave the clinic.
Unlike laser treatments, ICL does not alter the structure of the eye. Both the cornea and lens are left intact, meaning that ICL is suitable for people whose cornea is very thin and for whom laser surgery is not recommended. Your recreational activities will not be restricted after an ICL operation, meaning that you can keep doing sports, swimming or hiking uninterrupted.
ICL is recommended for patients between 21 and 45 years of age. In a small percentage of patients, the procedure is associated with an increased risk of cataracts (less than 1%). However, cataract surgery will not cause the original vision impairment to recur.
SMC ALSO OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TREATMENTS:
- Treatment of strabismus
- Treatment of loss of vision as a result of diabetes
- Refractive surgery (correction of refractive errors)
- Treatment of conjunctivitis
- Treatment of amblyopia (lazy eye)
You are welcome to contact us for more information, either using the contact form on the right, or by email or telephone.