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Liberated from a life of glasses: How laser surgery changes lives

The envoy had travelled there for the traditional Lasik surgery so he could see without glasses or contacts lens. But ophthalmologists said his cornea was too thin and nothing could be done. His situation was salvaged in Nairobi, which is now becoming a centre of advanced medical practice. “I met Dr Joshi and was told about the new technology, C-ten, no touch, no cut,” he says. The envoy completed the necessary assessments, after which Dr Joshi Mukesh informed him he was a perfect candidate for C-ten. Dr Joshi is a leading ophthalmologist, who runs Africa’s only C-ten services at his clinic at the Sarit Centre in Nairobi. “After my laser correction, I have got perfect eyesight; I can see better than I could with my contact lenses,” he said in a testimonial.   WOES OF GLASS WEARERS Pitteloud’s frustrations with sight would probably only be understood by people who wear glasses. While wearing glasses can be fashionable, they are first and foremost medical devices. That is why, despite going through most of their day wearing them, many glass wearers picture themselves as having perfect 20/20 vision when constructing their self-image in their mind. When taking a group photo, some even take their glasses off, because their self-perception is as a non-glass wearer. Being forced to carry around a flimsy piece of vital equipment changes your life. “Literally your world is framed and it’s narrower,” says Imre Makaka, 25-year-old third-year Bcom student at the University of Nairobi. He is shortsighted and was on glasses for 20 years. “If you need to look to the side, you have to turn your whole head, rather than turning the eye itself, like other people. He says there is no spontaneity in life. “You cannot take part in a fight or random game with your glasses on. You’re also cautious during shoulder-bump greeting. It makes people think you’re weak.” Makaka was liberated from glasses after a C-ten laser surgery two weeks ago. “I was told about C-ten by my mother, then I checked the credentials of the doctor. Of course it was more costly, but I used to spend close to Sh50,000 every month for check-ups and glasses,” he says. More Kenyans who can afford are now making this step. HOW IT WORKS Dr Joshi has been a consultant ophthalmologist for 25 years, and is easily one of the most experienced and respected laser eye surgeons on the continent. The surgery took 30 seconds for each eye. Dr Joshi explains that C-ten uses the latest technology, where there is no contact with the patient’s eye. “The procedure is the safest and fastest treatment available with minimal recovery time,” he says. “It is very important for you to come in for an assessment, as not everyone who wears glasses or contact lenses is a suitable candidate for Laser Vision Correction.” Makaka’s assessment took about an hour. He placed his chin on the front end of a Modern Tomography Precisio machine, which provides a detailed, three-dimensional mapping of corneal inner and outer surface. The machine takes about 39,000 spots of the eye and defines the real shape of the cornea’s anterior and Read more Liberated from a life of glasses: How laser surgery changes lives