Patient 08.2013

Eye surgeon treated with SCHWIND AMARIS

TransPRK as a corneal wavefront treatment performed

Svetoslav Doychinov, MD, Vision Eye Clinic in Sofia, Bulgaria, knows his SCHWIND AMARIS from both the user‘s as well as the patient’s perspective.

Svetoslav Doychinov, MD, receives a present from a patient who was very content with his own surgery - a cake decorated with broken glasses made from chocolate

In 2009, the eye surgeon underwent eye laser surgery with the AMARIS technology to have ametropia (OD -4.60; OS -4.75 D/-1.0 D@5°) corrected. The treatment was carried out by Professor Pravoslava Guguchkova, director of the University Eye Clinic in Sofia, in Dr. Doychinov’s clinic rooms. ”Wearing glasses in every-day life was extremely annoying and also bothered me during my sporting activities. Contact lenses proved to be unsuitable for longterm use and caused a chronic infection of the conjunctiva. The excellent AMARIS results with my patients completely convinced me so that I also wanted this technology for my own treatment“, says Dr. Doychinov.

He decided for an Aberration-Free LASEK treatment, where the epithelium was removed with an epikeratome. After the treatment, Dr. Doychinov achieved a visus of 20/16 in both eyes. However, the removal of the epithelium with the epikeratome had caused an infection in the right eye during the early healing process that led to corneal haze and astigmatism. This resulted in a reduction of the uncorrected visus to 20/25. In 2011, Dr. Doychinov then decided on a retreatment of his right eye, which he planned himself and which was carried out by Elena Pescheva, MD, Vision Eye Clinic. The innovative TransPRK method from SCHWIND as a corneal wavefront treatment was performed.

High quality vision

One month postoperative showed a visus in the right eye of 20/16, which has remained constant to date. Dr. Doychinov concludes: „I am very satisfied with the high quality of vision that was obtained with the SCHWIND AMARIS 500 Hertz laser. Due to my own experience, I no longer recommend the use of an epikeratome to any of my patients. Meanwhile, I only consider TransPRK, that is removal of the epithelium with the AMARIS laser, for surface treatments. As a result of my own laser treatment, I much better understand the needs of my patients. Moreover, I usually tell laser candidates about my personal experience as a patient with eye laser surgery. This fact has turned out to be confidencebuilding as it has significantly increased the demand from patients in my clinic.”

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