75-year-old British expat undergoes successful cornea transplant surgery in the UAE

A corneal endothelial transplantation was performed to correct a previous surgery and restore the patient’s vision

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Wednesday 26 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

M.J., a 75-year-old British expat who has been living in the UAE for 50 years, suffered from a blinding condition that led to glare, cloudy vision and eye discomfort. A successful cornea transplant has sharpened her vision.

“When M.J. first visited us, we noticed that there had been a complication with her recent cataract surgery, which caused the blurry vision. Her cornea was damaged during the surgery and the only possible solution was a corneal endothelial transplantation, which we performed with the patient’s consent,” said Dr Sandip Mitra, Specialist Ophthalmologist at Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity.

Dr Mitra performs at least three cornea transplants per month. A new transplant surgery, corneal endothelial transplantation has a 90 percent success rate and it can be repeated if a cornea fails after 10 years. Doctors take around 10 percent of the graft from a donor and leave 90 percent of the recipient cornea intact.

“A corneal endothelial transplantation is not easy; it requires the skills of an expert,” commented Dr Walid Achi, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Healthcare.

Dr Mitra added, “This patient also suffered from arthritis and hypertension. Although the surgery took one hour, she was discharged the same day. We are glad that we had the opportunity to work on such a complicated case within a year of our Center’s opening. After the surgery, her vision improved dramatically; in three to four weeks, her reading and sight improved and she experienced reduced eye pain and tearing.”

Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity arranged for the patient to receive a cornea from an eye bank in Florida, which delivered it to the hospital in two days. Dr Mitra explained that the selection of the cornea is key to the success of the surgery. In his opinion, the cornea from a healthy young person yields the best result.

In the UAE, 1 in 100 people suffers from cornea-related problems caused by allergies, rubbing one’s eyes and hereditary diseases. Not every problem requires a surgical solution; Dr Mitra said that he receives visits from more than 10 patients with keratoconus eye diseases each month and their treatment does not involve surgery.

Additional information about Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity

An asset of Emirates Healthcare, Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity was launched in May 2018 to provide patient-centred care and improve the quality of life for patients and the community. Its core values are Simplicity, Accessibility, Agility and Empathy.

Located in Dubai Motor City, Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity is home to some of the world’s leading medical professionals. The Center provides premium medical services and facilities, and includes an 8-bed Day Surgery, state-of-the-art surgical theatres, an endoscopy suite and a Centre of Excellence for Ophthalmology and Eye Care.

Emirates Healthcare is a subsidiary of KBBO Group. A leading holding company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, KBBO Group invests in healthcare to safeguard the region’s communities, and to help deliver world-class medical outcomes powering an inclusive and improved quality of life.