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ELZA in Tages-Anzeiger

Yesterday, the newspapers Tages-AnzeigerDer Bund, and Basler Zeitung published a story on laser eye surgery complications, and featured ELZA’s Medical Director, Prof. Farhad Hafezi as the expert contributor to the article.The article reported on the experience of Maja Hauser, a Swiss lady who experienced severe laser eye surgery complications from a poorly executed laser surgery. Fourteen years ago, at the age of 22, Maja underwent laser surgery to correct a refractive error of -14 diopters so that she did not have to wear contact lenses any longer. Unfortunately, after the surgery, she was still short-sighted by -4.75 diopters, still had to wear contact lenses, and a month later, she developed complications in her right eye: inflammation, which persisted for several years afterward.

The journalist, Gabriele Hellwig, interviewed Prof. Hafezi for his expert opinion and to understand why cases of laser surgery eye complications like Mrs. Hauser’s can occur. Prof. Hafezi explained that despite the high satisfaction rate of 95% reported in studies, a proportion of the remaining 5% of cases can result in significant, lifelong issues. His criticism extended toward the industry’s tendency towards aggressive marketing, aimed at capturing a larger market share, sometimes at the expense of patient safety. This issue is exemplified by Mrs. Hauser’s ordeal, who was lured by the promise of a life free from glasses and contact lenses, only to face the consequences of the surgery. 

In the article Prof. Hafezi underscores the importance of thorough preoperative assessments, which are often neglected, leading to inappropriate patient selection and surgical plans. He also emphasized that many surgeons meet their patients for the first time on the day of surgery, and this risks missing critical nuances that could influence the surgery’s outcome.

The article also discusses the technical aspects of laser surgery, including the need for up-to-date equipment and the choice between different surgical methods (PRK, LASIK, and SMILE). Prof. Hafezi argues that the lack of comprehensive preoperative evaluation, and a reliance on outdated or unsuitable techniques can lead to complications such as too much tissue being removed, decentered laser ablations leading to irregular corneal curvatures or scarring. Much like the adage: “to a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”, there will be some situations where a patient is offered a suboptimal laser surgery procedure, simply because the surgeon does not have the equipment or the experience to perform the alternative technique. Some of these complications require innovative new approaches like corneal cross-linking (CXL), Femto CAIRS and PACE to repair the cornea.

Prof. Hafezi spoke of his work at the ELZA Institute, which includes correcting failed laser surgeries, and he highlighted the delicate nature of these procedures and the importance of expertise and proper equipment. He stressed that although blindness from such complications is rare nowadays, severe visual impairments are still a reality, but they should be far rarer than they currently are. The article concludes with Hauser’s successful corrective surgery performed by Prof. Hafezi, which restored her vision – she now has no refractive error in her right eye.

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mike
mike
09:02 04 Jan 23
Overall as a 50 year old, who wanted to continue to avoid wearing glasses and/or contact lenses, my goal was 100%... achieved with ELZA and Dr. Hafezi. I greatly appreciated the overall approach by Dr. Hafezi and his friendly and competent team in reviewing my vision at the start and following a comprehensive eye exam- the explanations of my options. For me I chose PRK in one eye for a monovision solution to correct short sightedness which was becoming more prevalent in night driving and sports such as skiing and cycling. PRK heals slowly but the outcome is worth the wait- and the cost- you use your eyes every waking moment- and for me I cannot see any reason not to pursue better vision with the ELZA team! A great quality of life enhancement!read more
Zuzana Fecko
Zuzana Fecko
21:48 31 Oct 22
Thank you so much, Dr. Torres and prof. Hafezi. 26 years I was only “dreaming” about the eye surgery due to possible... complications. I was worried ..Thank you for encouraging me to make a decision and thank you for your professionalism, explanations and great work!I wish you all the best, lots of success and only happy patients!read more
Serena Fazio
Serena Fazio
11:15 06 Mar 22
I have been to the ELZA clinic to have surgery for my miopy, as my eyes were rejecting the contacts and I was tired of... wearing glasses. From the first preliminary visit, to the actual surgery and post-surgery care Dr. Hafezi and all his collaborators have been extremely professional, considerate and helpful. All the steps of the (very short!) surgery were thoroughly explained to me in order to be as calm as possible, together with the medication plan and precautions to be aware of so that my eyes could heal in the best way possible. By following their exact instructions, the healing process has been very successful and smooth, and after about one week I was able to see perfectly. I absolutely recommend this team and their expertise!read more
Robin A
Robin A
11:43 16 Feb 22
Top experts and professional team. Highly recommended
Thunder Shiviah
Thunder Shiviah
14:05 23 Nov 21
After some research on local options I decided to go with ELZA since it stood out as the best. The operation and the... post-operation recovery went extremely smooth (something I was worried about with PRK). Now my vision is much better than I had hoped and I have no side effects such as dry eye or night vision problems. Thank you!read more
Thomas S.
Thomas S.
09:37 07 Jul 21
My left eye had to be operated on because of a cataract. As I had an Artiflex lens implanted a few years ago, it had to... be removed first before a modern lens could be implanted to correct the cataract. Prof. Hafezi treated me in an very competent and friendly manner. I am very happy with the result.read more
Selma A. Rahim
Selma A. Rahim
19:45 02 Jul 21
Dr. Hafezi.. the KING OF CXL🤴
Gianluca Ricci
Gianluca Ricci
12:46 10 Apr 21
Great team and service!
rehaneyecare
rehaneyecare
05:36 08 Apr 21
Excellent surgeon
Steven H.A
Steven H.A
16:13 11 Jan 21
Prof. F. Hafezi s expertise is enormous and he has a very pleasant and calm nature which gives the patient... security.Thank youread more
Online Commande
Online Commande
09:19 05 Dec 20
Totally creepy, very arrogant Prof.He just want your money.It may explain, why this Prof. is not in the center of the... city of Zürich and why he has been thrown away from University of Geneva.read more
Elena Churilova
Elena Churilova
10:06 17 Nov 20
At the moment, 3 months have passed since the moment I made laser vision correction in this clinic. and I can say that... I am happy that I chose this particular clinic and Prof. F. Hafezi. The entire staff of the clinic is very friendly, treats patients with sympathy and patience if they are nervous before surgery (my big gratitude to Aida Alili for all support and patience). The doctor Hafezi and other doctors of the clinic are very professional and ready to explain to you as many times as you need. I can only recommend!read more
Michele Aggiato
Michele Aggiato
18:17 10 Jan 20
The day I had Prof Hafezi checking my keratoconus I knew I was finally in the right place after years of searching for... a good ophthalmologist. Prof Hafezi recommended a surgery due to a drastic degeneration of my cornea. The surgery was performed by himself with the assistance of Dr Rodriguez, one more collaborator of Prof Hafezi’s team who got my full trust.read more
Ashley Faulkes
Ashley Faulkes
15:30 21 Mar 16
Professor Hafezi and the team at the ELZA Institute have done an amazing job of creating a first class eye clinic, with... cutting edge technology and support. I went there for a dry eye issue and other issues with my prescription, and they were easily able to help me and put me on the road to better vision! High recommend them to anyone in the Zurich/Aargau area.read more
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