With Dr Svetoslav Doychinov treatment is effective, adequate and modern
Specialisation is key to providing adequate, modern healthcare. Dr Svetoslav Doychinov, founder of Doychinov Eye Centre, has dedicated his professional efforts to mastering one of ophthalmology's most challenging fields: surgery. He is an established authority in laser vision correction, keratoconus treatment, placement of contact lenses in keratoconus patients, and cataract surgery. Dr Doychinov also has rich experience as a healthcare manager.
What are the most common diseases that you treat in Doychinov Eye Centre?
I and my clinic specialise in laser vision correction and treatment of keratoconus, which is becoming more common in young people, with cross-linking. However, we also treat patients who seek help for more common diseases like conjunctivitis, chalazion (stye), cataract, dry eye related problems.
Recently we are witnessing more and more patients suffering from dry eyes caused by Sofia's bad air quality and pollution. Wearing of protective masks aggravates this condition as its dries the tear film that covers the eye's surface and the tear glands. Look at it anatomically. Your nose points downwards; the air you breathe out moves in the same direction as well. However, the mask redirects the air stream to the eyes, thus drying them. Moreover, your breath brings to your eyes bacteria from your mouth, rhino-pharynx and sinus. Furthermore, the airstream is rich in carbon dioxide and depletes the cornea of the oxygen it needs. This causes eye dryness, reddening, styes, inflammation of the eye edges (blepharitis).
In patients with contact lenses eye drying can cause the lens to stick to the conjunctiva. If the lens is pulled harder, it might tear apart. This is why patients with contact lenses should always use artificial tears.
What is the potential of laser treatment?
The movie industry has created in many patients the false notion that laser eye treatment equals laser diopter correction. Laser therapy has a wider scope of application and includes treatment of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retina problems.
In eye vision correction one has to be aware that laser treatment is not some panacea. It has a very narrow scope of application, strictly defined limits and is not totally harmless. Diopters cannot be corrected here and now, by all means. The stages in the treatment process are many and each of them is important. The main goal should be to have as long-lasting results from laser vision correction as possible. Proper laser vision corrections are up to 5-6 diopters, although I have also corrected over 12 diopters. The age to undergo the procedure is between 21-22 and 40-43 years.
Laser correction is like polishing a jelly gum. You set some parameters but the human eye is jelly-like and the end result always differs somewhat from the preliminary set parameters. The physician's goal is to foresee these variations. This asks for a lot of experience and knowledge.
One should also be aware that microsurgical methods for eye vision correction, like LASIK, are not harmless. Unlike purely laser treatment such as TrPRK, they actually cut the eye surface. This holds risks of developing lasting cornea defects. Often, the patient develops an early cataract.
Sofia, 22 Elemag St
phone: 0877 700 400