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Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in the world. If you or a loved one has diabetes, it is so important to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Call us today for your appointment!

Always ensure to wear the sunglasses to protect your delicate eyes against blazing sun this summer!

Are you ready to enjoy life without the hassle of glasses or contacts? Take the first step by calling Eye Care Center today at 01 747078/9 for your LASIK evaluation!

The one and ONLY  iDesign Advanced WaveScan Studio System in Lebanon from Abbott Medical Optics allows your physician to customize the procedure just for you, making possibilities realities. Start seeing life to the MAX!

 

Tour ECC and Enjoy the Latest in Ophthalmic Diagnostic and Treatment Equipment.

Multifocal IOLs are now used in up to 40% of cataract surgery in Europe and the US.  Dr. Pierre Mardelli was the first surgeon to have used it in Lebanon and the Middle East back in 2004. Come benefit from our years of experience and let us show you the difference.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and around the eyelids for a short period of time (temporary). At ECC we aim for a more "natural look".

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.  ECC acquired the latest Visual Field Analyzer from Haag Streit and OCT from Optovue. Both are vital for earlier diagnosis and follow-up of this blinding disease.

The newest generation excimer laser from AMO: The VISX S4 with the iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio (TM). This is the first system of its kind in Lebanon and the Middle East. Go ahead and call us for more info.

Custom LASIK with the iDesign Wavescan Studio System combines two exciting technologies to reshape the cornea to reduce or eliminate visual distortions. This technology has the potential to improve how much and how well you can see as well as reduce the risks of post-LASIK complications.

LASIKis a refractive surgical procedure that corrects your vision, thus lessening your dependence on any corrective devices such as contact lenses or eyeglasses. At ECC we strive to offer you the latest technology such as Custom LASIK using the iDesign Wavescan.

With the new aquisition of the latest generation excimer laser, ECC is setting the bar ever higher. We strive to provide our patients with the best customer-care experience and quality of vision available today.

 
NEWS & ARTICLES
Avastin Injection

Avastin is an anti-growth factor drug (anti-VEGF). Intravitreal Avastin (IVA) is an injection of the anti-VEGF drug Avastin into the vitreous cavity of your eye.

The drug is used to reduce

  1. macular edema, that is fluid at the back of the eye, occurs in diabetes (or retinal vein occlusion or other macular disease such as ARMD)
  2. reduce new vessel growth in these conditions.
 
The injection procedure itself takes seconds and is usually feels like a tiny prick. You can go home later that day...this is a 'day case' procedure.

The procedure:
 
  • The eye is cleaned.
  • Anaesthetic drops are instilled
  • a few minutes later the nearly painless injection is given
  • The eye pressure may go up but usually no extra treatment may be needed. You may see the drug floating around your eye for the next few days.

Leakage in macular edema

Diabetes and the other conditions damage blood vessels in the retina, and the damaged blood vessels then start to leak. The leakage makes the retina waterlogged, a bit like a sponge, as in the diagram above. This is part of 'diabetic maculopathy' or 'macular edema' in retinal vein occlusion.
The macula is the central area of the retina, responsible for your central or 'sharp' vision used for reading & watching TV.... our sharp & detailed vision. When the macula is swollen (edema) the sight is reduced, and people cannot see details like faces and writing on TV, and bus numbers.
The retinal damage releases a chemical, VEGF (VEGF= vascular endothelial growth factor). The VEGF then causes adjacent retina to leak or grow 'new blood vessels' as below.
Avastin blocks the effect of VEGF by binding to the VEGF receptors on the cells in the retina. This then reduces the leakage, and the sight may improve. Avastin will reduce macular edema in diabetic retinopathy and thus improve vision.

New blood vessel growth (NV)

A second effect of the VEGF is to make tiny blood vessels grow. These are called 'new' blood vessels, and we call these 'new vessels'. These new vessels are very delicate and very easily bleed, and this blood can damage your eye badly. This is 'proliferative retinopathy'. If the blood spreads in front of the retina, scar tissue can grow. The scar tissue can then shrink and pull the retina off, causing blindness.  New blood vessel growth must be stopped. Laser is the main treatment, but Avastin is a new treatment that will generally be used IN ADDITION to laser.

Rubeotic Glaucoma

When the blood vessels grow in the 'drainage meshwork, the aqueous humour produced in the eye cannot drain away. This leads to a very high pressure in the eye, called rubeotic glaucoma. Avastin is an excellent treatment for this, but the effect may be temporary.  Laser is usually needed as soon as the pressure has dropped.

After the IVA

By one month the drug should be working. Many people will notice some improvement in vision. Generally this improvement is temporary, and the injection may be offered again months later. The macular edema reduces, with a maximum reduction at 2 weeks, and starts to wear off after 3 months . It gives a chance for laser treatment and lower blood pressure etc  to have their effect. Further injections may be needed, but as this treatment is new there is no definite treatment plan available.

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