Best Eye Surgeon Paphos
LEADING EYE SURGEON IN CYPRUS
Meet Dr Tassos Georgiou MBChB, MRCOphth – St George & Blue Cross Private Hospital Paphos
We often speak to medical specialists from St George & Blue Cross Private Hospitals in Paphos to find out about their medical specialty and personal experience. Following an interview with a leading cardiologist in Paphos, Dr Constantinos Andreou, this time we speak to a leading eye surgeon in Cyprus and Member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in the UK, Dr Tassos Georgiou MBChB, MRCOphth. He has a reputation for being one of the best eye surgeons in Paphos and across Cyprus. We also spoke with one of his patients for a different view point.
Dr Tassos Georgiou was born in the UK, but today lives in Nicosia where he is the director of the Ophthalmic Centre. Every week, he returns to Paphos to treat his patients at St George and Blue Cross Private Hospitals and to carry out necessary eye surgeries and procedures. As Dr Tassos explains, “My specialist eye clinic in Nicosia is a leading centre for the whole of south-east Europe and is dedicated to eye care, the treatment of eyes, and continuous eye care research. Our values are to provide the most advanced ophthalmic technology in the highest medical and surgical environment – for patients with eye diseases”.
Top 5 Eye Health Tips:
We asked Dr Tassos what his best advice is to keep our eyes in top condition. He told us, “More than 30 million Europeans suffer from severe vision loss. There are simple steps that everyone can take to help their eyes remain healthy and reduce the risk of vision loss in the future. Here are my top five suggestions”.
Reduce UV Exposure on the Eyes
The sun’s rays can cause certain eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Wear quality sunglasses and seek the advice of your optician or optometrist to pick the right ones.
Improve Diet for Better Eye Health
Fill up your plate with fruits and vegetables of every colour. They will provide you with the vitamins (A, C, E, beta-carotene and lutein), which the eyes need to stay healthy.
Take Omega-3 Supplements
Take specific omega-3 capsules that have high EPA levels (Eyetas) to reduce the risk of macular diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Computer Eye Strain Relief
When you work on something close up, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone, your eye muscles are active. This may cause tiredness, dry eyes and headaches, even in those with normal vision. It is advisable that for every 20 minutes you are working in front of a screen, look up at something at least 6 metres away (for around 60 seconds), and readjust your eyesight regularly to avoid eye strain.
Eye Specialist Support
Remember, your optometrist is the first person you should visit if you have any eye concerns. They can assess the problem and, if necessary, refer you to the right place for the relevant eye surgery or treatment.
Dr Tassos has written research papers for the world’s leading medical journals and attends medical conferences all over the world to keep up to date with the latest eye health research. He started his medical career in 1989 whilst studying at Leeds University. He stayed at Leeds Hospital until 2002 when he finished his advanced surgical training. Today, at the Ophthalmic Centre in Nicosia, he leads a team of seventeen medical professionals. Dr Tassos and his team perform over sixty cataract operations per week and over 95% of these are completed within 5 minutes. He also performs this procedure at St George and Blue Cross Private Hospitals in Paphos.
As Dr Tassos says, “The correct cataract surgery can make a significant difference to people’s lives, as they can see much better after the procedure”. Dr Tassos practices the very small incision method for cataract surgery, which has multiple benefits for the patient.
The incision made on the eye is just 1.8 mm, which means that there is much less trauma to the eye than the traditional methods. The eye heals faster and the risk of post-op astigmatism is minimised. It also allows the insertion of a new generation intravascular lens. This gives the patient better vision in the long-term.
One Paphos resident who was operated on for his cataract is Tim Rice. He had the procedure with Dr Tassos last year. Here, he tells us about his experience.
How did you know you needed Cataract Surgery?
I have my eyes checked regularly. For most of my life, I have had perfect vision, but as I have grown older, I have become aware that I have to take more care of my eyes. I went along to my usual optician who did the routine vision tests and eye health checks, and found the problem. Luckily, a good friend had recently had a cataract operation and she recommended Dr Tassos for Cataract Surgery in Paphos.
What happened when you met Dr Tassos?
Dr Tassos welcomed me into his clinic at the Blue Cross Hospital in Paphos and explained what he was about to do during the eye health examination. This put me at ease immediately. I have never worn contact lenses and the thought of someone putting anything in my eye was quite unsettling, to say the least.
He gave me a thorough eye examination and asked me a few general questions to establish my overall level of health before advising me that I had the beginnings of cataracts in both eyes. To be honest, I hadn’t really noticed any issues, but Dr Tassos talked me through his findings and reassured me that it was not a severe condition at this point. He said that, as it was at an early stage, I could wait and have it done at a later date – even years from now. However, I decided to go ahead as soon as possible because I believe that I will never be fitter than I am now, so why wait and experience deterioration in my sight? Bear in mind that once you’ve had the operation, you will never need it done again.
Can you describe the Cataract Surgery?
The cataract surgery requires Dr Tassos to make a tiny 1.8 mm slit in the cornea. The cataract is sucked out and a new, permanent intraocular lens is inserted through the slit to replace the old one. The cataracts will never return after this procedure has been carried out.
How did you feel about it?
I was nervous, of course, but I had confidence in Dr Tassos’ experience and skills. On the day, I put in some anaesthetic eye drops several times over the few hours before the operation. I didn’t have to remove any clothes to enter the theatre, but wore a sterile gown and hat. A sterilised pad was placed over my face leaving my eyes clear. He used a clasp to keep my eyelids open and told me to look at the light. The procedure was a little uncomfortable, but thankfully, completely painless! I could not tell what he was doing, nor could I see anything, but it was all over in a few minutes. A short while later, after Dr Tassos had scrubbed up again, he carried out the same procedure on my other eye.
What was your recovery time from the Cataract Surgery?
I was allowed to go home, (my wife driving, of course) after the post-operative instructions were supplied. I had to wear wraparound sunglasses, which they provided. I was instructed that no swimming or hair washing was allowed for two days.
What was involved in the aftercare for Cataract Surgery?
I was provided eye drops to put in and advised to stay away from bright lights for a few days. An appointment was made to see Dr Tassos a few days later. He checked both eyes and declared that he was pleased with the results.
What is your best advice for someone facing Cataracts?
Do go and see him! I think it better to have it dealt with sooner rather than later, and he will put you at ease about the whole procedure.
St George and Blue Cross Private Hospitals joined forces in 2012 to create a unique and comprehensive medical facility for the Pafos region. Their combined experience, expertise and resources, together with their state of- the-art medical equipment, means they can offer the highest standards of medical care in Paphos.
They are continually striving to improve their medical services. With over eighty doctors and a staff of over one hundred, the hospitals are a centre of medical excellence in Paphos. Medical specialists are based at the two sites to cover all areas of medicine. For more information or to book Cataract Surgery with Dr Tassos, one of the leading and best eye surgeons in Cyprus, visit BlueCross.com.cy or call 26 221 111.
Best Eye Surgeon Paphos
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