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A relief to people who wear glasses as Kenya paves way for C-Ten technology.


Date Posted: 3/25/2012 10:00:55 AM

Posted By: SimonMburu  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 838

The C-ten (Custom, Trans-Epithelial, one-step, No touch ablation) technology is an eye surgery technology whereby no instruments touch the eye during the surgery procedure. This technology was introduced to Kenya and the whole of Africa by Dr. Mukeshi Joshi whom received an award from the government of India for pioneering eye surgeries in Africa. The doctor offers the service at his clinic in Sarit Center Nairobi.

The technology incorporates a 1000 hertz excimer laser and CIPTA (a software planning system) to perform the surgery to patients with cornea irregularities like short and long sighted. The cornea irregularities are corrected by removing the epithelial skin layer with a laser light into the machine and then the information about the irregularity is loaded into a computer where a user-interface system is used to correct it. The corrected part is saved and then returned to the C-ten machine and a laser is used to transform the corrected part to the eye thereby correcting the problem. The surgery takes a very short period of time which is approximately 25 seconds.
For a person to benefit from the technology he or she must be of 18 years of age since the cornea must be thick enough.

However precautions must be taken after the surgery. Patients are advised to take the following precautions;
1. Wear sunglasses to avoid direct sunlight.
2. Avoid the use of makeups for a period of two weeks.
3. Do not swim for two weeks either.

The technology is supposed to spread across Africa and help 90 percent of the community that wear glasses.

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