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Cornea Transplant Restores 30-Year Old’s Damaged Vision

 Cornea Transplant Restores 30-Year Old’s Damaged Vision

Mr. Hudhaifa Khadim, a 30-year-old Iraqi national’s vision was restored through a corneal transplant surgery performed at Fakeeh University Hospital’s Surgical Institute.

Mr. Hudhaifa, a government worker by profession, experienced blurry vision, challenging his personal and professional life.  He had extremely blurry vision in his right eye and found it difficult to perform routine everyday activities. He understood the reason for his deteriorating vision after visiting Dr. Vladimir Tchouprine, Specialist in Ophthalmology at Fakeeh University Hospital, Dubai Silicon Oasis.

“I could not see the world clearly, I could not understand if the faces I see were happy or sad, I could not see my wife’s face clearly and this was an extremely difficult time for me. Imagine being able to see things, yet not being able to see it properly,” said Mr. Hudhaifa, describing his situation prior to his eye surgery.

“Corneal Dystrophy is a rare genetic disease affecting the outermost part of the eye - Cornea. There are several types of corneal dystrophies, each with varying symptoms. This is a slow-progressing condition in which a foreign material builds up in the cornea of the eye. This causes eye pain/discomfort, blurry vision, and impaired vision over time. We all know how uncomfortable it is when one has smeared glasses, that’s exactly how a person with corneal dystrophy sees the world,” said Dr. Vladimir Tchouprine, Specialist in Ophthalmology at Fakeeh University Hospital

The disease is characterized by intense clouding of the cornea resulting in significant decrease in visual acuity. Mr. Hudhaifa underwent corneal graft surgery, also known as penetrating keratoplasty led by Dr. Vladimir Tchouprine. This was the only effective way of treatment and involved removal and replacement of the damaged cornea with a donor cornea. The uniqueness of the surgery lies in the combination of eye surgery and organ transplant.

“Post-surgery, now I can see the world clearly, I see people and their beautiful smiles. I thank God and thank Dr. Vladimir Tchouprine at Fakeeh University Hospital for everything,” said an elated Mr. Hudhaifa.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness reported that in 2020, there were an estimated 600,000 people with vision loss in the UAE[1].

“Not every problem requires a surgical solution, however, most people aren’t concerned about eye problems until they have blurry vision. Regular visits to an ophthalmologist can help prevent severe eye complications and improve a person’s quality of life,” added Dr. Vladimir Tchouprine.

Mr. Hudhaifa was discharged 3 days post-surgery and was very happy with the initial results of improved vision. The restoration of high visual acuity ensured him, active involvement in his professional and personal life.

Those who undergo corneal graft are generally advised to anticipate slow progress in their vision. It usually takes a year until vision is fully restored. Most patients wear corrective glasses during this period and administer prescribed medications.

Extremely impressed by the initial results of the surgery, Mr. Hudhaifa plans to have the surgery performed on his left eye as well in the future.

About the Surgical Institute at FUH

Leveraging cutting-edge technology to offer enhanced and precise patient care, FUH’s Surgical Institute offers various surgical options for major to minor surgeries that include robot-assisted & minimally invasive/laparoscopic surgeries. Additionally, the Surgical Institute is well equipped to manage delicate newborn to complicated adult & pediatric complex surgical requirements, advanced cancer care surgeries, multidisciplinary pre & post-surgical care, and more.

FUH’s Surgical Institute offers surgical treatment options for 50+ specialties that enable faster recovery and improved healing. With the aim to positively transform lives, Fakeeh University Hospital combines clinical excellence with smart surgical solutions and caters to tertiary care surgical requirements for newborns, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and elder populations alike, from the UAE and beyond.

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