Seeing eye broadcast from Whitfield
In a first-of-its-kind for Ireland, a broadcast of a 3D ophthalmic surgery took place recently at Whitfield in Waterford City.
Fifty eye doctors from all over Ireland viewed this event which allowed them to be 'inside' the eye during surgery.
In a hugely exciting advance in ophthalmic surgery, 3D camera technology in Whitfield removes the need for surgeons to physically look through a microscope when operating.
It allows them, from anywhere in the world, to be 'inside' a patient's eye during surgery and represents a step change.
The surgery was performed by Mr Eugene Ng and was screened at a 'New Approaches to Retinal Diseases' conference .
The Institute of Eye Surgery, Ireland's most technologically advanced Retina Clinic, which focusses on innovative minimally invasive retina surgery and is based at the Whitfield Clinic, hosted the conference for ophthalmologists.
The conference focussed on future cutting edge treatments for the commonest causes of blindness in Ireland. These diseases include Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy.