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The ELZA approach to Rehabilitating Keratoconus Corneas

We are pleased to announce the publication of an informative article titled “The ELZA Approach: Rehabilitating Vision after Keratoconus using transPRK, PACE, and All Femto-CAIRS” in The Ophthalmologist. Authored by Prof. Farhad Hafezi and Dr. Emilio Torres-Netto from the ELZA Institute, the article offers detailed insights into cutting-edge treatments for keratoconus, a corneal disorder that significantly impairs visual quality.

 

Article Overview

Keratoconus involves the progressive thinning and bulging of the cornea, which leads to visual distortion. While corneal cross-linking (CXL) has been effective in stopping the progression of the disease, it does not correct the corneal irregularities that impair vision. The ELZA Institute has developed several advanced procedures that not only halt the disease progression but also aim to significantly enhance visual outcomes.


The ELZA approach to rehabilitation of keratoconus vision

The publication outlines several surgical techniques and their integration into patient care at ELZA:

  • TransPRK: This is a surface ablation technique that reshapes the cornea by focusing on regularizing its surface rather than just flattening it. TransPRK can address up to 1 diopter of irregularity and is particularly effective in reducing higher-order aberrations (HOAs).
  • PACE (PTK-assisted customized epi-on CXL): This innovative method combines minimal epithelial removal with targeted cross-linking. It is tailored to strengthen the cornea precisely where needed, leading to an immediate and significant flattening of the cone, typically achieving about 8–12 diopters of flattening over 6 months to a year.
  • All Femto-CAIRS: An advancement of traditional CAIRS using donor corneal tissue to create ring segments placed within laser-created pockets. This method is less invasive and highly customizable, allowing for up to 5 diopters of irregularity correction depending on the specific placement and sizing of the segments.
ELZA Approach to rehabilitating keratoconus vision

Combining Techniques for Optimal Outcomes

The article emphasizes that combining these techniques can lead to superior visual outcomes, tailored to the severity and specifics of the corneal irregularity in each patient. For example, patients with significant corneal thinning might first undergo PACE to stabilize and flatten the cornea, followed by All Femto-CAIRS for further shape regularization, and potentially completed with TransPRK to fine-tune the visual outcome.

Access the Full Article

For a comprehensive understanding of these techniques, their application, and patient outcomes, the full article can be accessed on The Ophthalmologist‘s website at Rehabilitating Vision after Keratoconus.

 

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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
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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🤴
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Gianluca Ricci
12:46 10 Apr 21
Great team and service!
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05:36 08 Apr 21
Excellent surgeon
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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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