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What is it?

At Vithas International we offer our patients the highest level techniques in Premium Ophthalmology. We also treat ocular pathology, refractive defects of the eye: myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism and presbyobia.

Furthermore, we are experts in cataract surgery, oculoplastic surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of different pathologies that affect the subsequent monitoring of the eye, such as retinal detachment, retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Led by

Doctor Alfonso Arias, Director of the Vithas International Ophthalmology Institute, has an extensive professional career of over 25 years in refractive laser surgery, a field in which he is a pioneer in the Community of Madrid.

He is the author of over 100 publications in scientific journals on the speciality and the author and editor of 46 books and monographs on Ophthalmology, and has presented over 500 speeches and seminars at national and international conferences on Ophthalmology.

His professional prestige has been recognised by multiple awards within his speciality, with the Doctor Márquez Foundation Prize (1987), the Medal of Merit of the Research Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Cairo (Egypt, 2005) and the Merit at work award from the European Association of Economy and Competitiveness (2015).

Differentiating aspects

Our aim is to ensure the visual health of our patients, as well as achieving the best vision possible, adapting to their individual needs. To do so, we have latest generation technology.

The significant advances achieved in recent years, especially in the field of presbyopia and cataracts, allow us to carry out these interventions in a differentiating way. In both cases, the

services offered have the most cutting-edge technology and equipment.

What does it diagnose? What does it treat?

Laser and multifocal lens cataract surgery

In cataract surgery, when it has lost transparency, the lens is replaced for an intraocular lens to restore vision. Monofocal lenses allow good distance vision but do not provide independence from glasses. However, the latest advances that our unit works with allow cataract surgery to achieve distance, intermediate and close vision, so that the patient does not need glasses.

For this type of intervention we use laser technology, combined with the placement of multifocal lenses. All of this allows us to correct both problems in a single surgical intervention, offering the patient numerous advantages. It is an outpatient surgery carried out with topical anaesthetic.

Currently, the use of the femtosecond laser in the cataract operation is a great innovation, as it allows surgical work to be automated, increasing the safety of the procedure.

Additionally, multifocal lenses are latest generation Premium lenses which offer superior performance, as in addition to returning transparency to the lens, they correct other refractive defects, so that the patient will not need to use glasses after the operation.

Refractive surgery

At the Vithas International Ophthalmology Institute we incorporate all new technology for the elimination or reduction of different refractive defects of the eye:

  • Myopia
  • Hypermetropy
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia

We carry out full refractive surgery, with Femtosecond and Excimer lasers, a technique in which our team is a pioneer. Specifically, Dr. Arias carried out the first refractive surgeries with Excimer laser in the Community of Madrid in 1991.

Furthermore, we use other refractive surgery techniques, such as the intraocular epicapsular lens and refractive lens surgery in the case of presbyopia.

Presbiopia is a process of change of the lens that appears in all patients due to ageing, where it becomes thinner and loses elasticity. The treatment that we offer in these cases is usually of two types: with the multifocal lens or with laser.

Oculoplastic surgery

We treat eyelid, orbit and tear duct conditions, both at an aesthetic and functional level.

Our interventions are carried out with local anaesthetic and are an outpatient surgery.

The main areas of action are:

  • Alteration of the position of eyelids
  • Obstruction of the tear ducts
  • Tumours
  • Treatment of ocular epiphora (constant tear production)
  • Blepharoplasty (rejuvenation of the eyelids)

Treatment of ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration)

ARMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration is a degenerative condition of the macular, the central area of the retina, which causes a progressive loss of central vision. It may appear in two ways:

  • Dry ARMD: more common, affecting 80% of patients with DMAE, characterised by a slow, progressive development where the patient loses central vision little by little.
  • Wet ARMD: faster loss of central vision, produced as a result of the growth of new blood vessels at the level of the macula, which cause bleeding.

The early diagnosis of ARMD is essential for acting before the loss of central vision. In our unit we carry out full ophthalmologic examinations that include the back of the eye. Furthermore, we almost always recommend optical coherence tomography, and on some occasions carry out fluorescein angiography.

The treatment that we offer for wet ARMD is the injection of anti-angiogenesis medication. It is a short procedure that we can carry out in surgery or the consultation, but always in aseptic conditions.

Although ARMD cannot be prevented, as it is a process associated with ageing, we can advise certain measures, such as avoiding tobacco, having a diet rich in antioxidants and carrying out periodic eye check-ups from 50 years of age.

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