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City pioneers treatment for eyes
Royal Eye Infirmary
Medical staff say the new treatment is quicker and less painful
More than 20 patients have received pioneering treatment at a Devon hospital with new laser equipment.

Plymouth's Royal Eye Infirmary is the only hospital in the country currently offering the new corneal transplant procedure.

Medical staff say it is quicker and less painful and has better long-term results than other treatments.

Sue Bond, theatre sister at the hospital, said: "The procedure is phenomenal - it's blown us all away."

The procedure, called endothelial keratoplasty DSAEK, can be carried out under local anaesthetic rather than general anaesthetic.

Shorter recovery

The new laser enables the top layer of a donated cornea to be sliced off, rather than the whole one.

An air bubble is then used to press this new donor layer to the front of the patient's eye.

Corneal transplant surgeon Mr Nabil Habib said: "This technique has transformed the management of patients requiring a corneal transplant.

"There are many benefits, including a shorter operating time for the patient which is carried out under local anaesthetic and a quicker recovery time with superior visual outcome."

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