Ophthalmology Department at Vithas Xanit, one of the most advanced laser platforms in the province of Malaga

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Ophthalmology | Posted on 24-01-2020



We live in a world where technology progresses before our eyes, bringing us each time more advanced and effective solutions to our health problems. At Vithas Xanit, we are aware of the importance of offering the best solutions to our patients, hence the latest cutting-edge technology available in all our departments. When it comes to our Ophthalmology Department, almost all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures available today are included, from clinical consultations to treatments of any eyesight related problem. Besides, this Department has the most advanced types of lasers currently available, such as Femtosecond laser, Teneo laser or the newly incorporated laser for the treatment of glaucoma.

“At Vithas Xanit International Hospital, our Ophthalmology Department counts upon an extensive medical team of great experience, made up of 10 ophthalmologists, three optometrists and two auxiliary nurses, as well operating room instrumentalists specialised in ophthalmology, anesthesiologists, etc.,” explains Dr Cilveti, Head of this team.

“In specialties such as ophthalmology, despite having a seemingly small target organ such as the eye, the sub-specialization is very high. At Vithas Xanit we have specialists in ophthalmology dedicated to specific branches of ophthalmology, having defined units such as the Medical and Surgical Retinal Unit, the Refractive Surgery Unit, Oculoplasty Unit, Glaucoma Unit, Cataract Unit, etc.”, adds the specialist.

The department is led by Dr Ángel Cilveti, who has extensive professional experience of more than thirty years. Throughout his career, Dr Cilveti has worked in the Andalusian Healthcare Service and, in the last 15 years, also in different private centres. He specialises in different branches of ophthalmology such as diabetic retinopathy, corneal transplantation and, for almost two decades, also in vitreoretinal surgery. Dr Cilveti has a long teaching and research career at the University of Malaga as a professor of Human Anatomy and, since 1988, of Ophthalmology. He is a member of various medical societies and holds several specialist certificates.


Vithas Xanit International Laser Portfolio


Femtosecond Laser

It is a sophisticated instrument that allows different incisions to be performed in eye tissues without physical cuts, only volatilising molecules of the tissue in order to separate them. This is achieved with levels of accuracy unthinkable with other methods and, thanks to this type of laser, we can treat cases of myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism and hyperopia, as well as cataracts.

In cataract surgery, the use of this laser which avoids employing cutting instruments like in other laser systems, improves performance and accuracy, further reducing, to a minimum, the use of ultrasound during the surgery. Computer-assisted surgery also improves the accuracy of the intervention. This greater precision in the incisions allows faster recovery, a higher visual quality, with fewer corneal aberrations and less induced astigmatism in both refractive surgery, presbyopia and cataract surgery.


Teneo laser

The Teneo laser allows us to treat myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia and, together with femtosecond, is the most advanced refractive platform existing today. It is the most advanced version of the excimer laser and, among other qualities, highlights the speed of surgeries, which are now performed in a few seconds. The Teneo laser incorporates the possibility of extraordinarily improving the PRK by performing epithelial ablation (first step of PRK surgery).

Recently, Vithas Xanit International Hospital has incorporated a new module of Teneo laser that allows performing the PRK technique but this time without even touching the patient’s eye, i.e. it is performed exclusively with the laser. The advantages of this laser over other techniques are accuracy and safety above all since the alternative to laser de-epithelization is doing it manually, using diluted alcohol to remove the corneal epithelium, as performed until now.


 Laser for the treatment of glaucoma

Recently the Xanit hospital has also employed a novel laser for the treatment of glaucoma. It is a pathology that affects about 60 million people worldwide and it is considered as the second cause of blindness because if not treated, the diagnosis is the loss of vision. Cyclo G6 laser is a modification of the previous laser system used in the treatment of glaucoma using the destruction of the ciliary body. This laser system allows, with a few seconds effect on the surface of the eyeball, to significantly reduce intraocular pressure. Its ideal indications are open-angle glaucomas, not very advanced, with painless applications that do not require the opening of the eyeball.

Although glaucoma is a pathology that can not be cured completely, by employing this laser it is possible to reduce the values of elevated intraocular pressure. By doing so, we avoid using eye drops (which, over time, lose effectiveness to lower eye pressure). We also avoid having to add other medication to achieve the necessary reduction of intraocular pressure, especially in those patients who tolerate eye drops badly due to redness and discomfort that those cause in general.

Also, this laser system helps us avoid surgical treatments for glaucoma, which are usually aggressive and sometimes lead to other eye problems, such as cataract formation or eye discomfort.

Although there are other laser procedures aimed at lowering the pressure that can be used alone or in combination with eye drops, the cyclo G6 laser is the newest of these procedures, which, by modifying the original procedure, manages to reduce the amount of aqueous humour produced during the surgery, satisfactorily reducing eye pressure associated with glaucoma.