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Ukrainian Medics Present Innovative Method to Treat Strabismus

February 23, 2012

KYIV, Ukraine, February 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

The National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine reports that Ukrainian scientists
presented a new way to treat strabismus. It allows for full eyesight restoration in those
suffering from such medical condition. The method involves diagnosing and treating
patients with strabismus using micro prism technology.

Ukraine’s head ophthalmologist Sergiy Rykov informed that the new method introduced by
Ukrainian doctors decreases the number of surgeries needed in case of strabismus to only
one, while previously two to three operations were normally executed in order to restore
binocular vision. The innovative method involves using custom made binoculars on
strabismus patients.

Diagnostic set for treating strabismus – optical compensators KK-42 – ensued from
collaboration of several Ukrainian medical research institutions. The set significantly
decreases the need for surgery and allows for 100 percent binocular vision restoration.
The cost of binoculars made using the new technology varies between USD 37.5 and 75,
depending on lens sophistication. Compensators consist of 42 Fresnel lenses (optical
devices that appear to be a single piece of glass but actually are comprised of a great
number of smaller prisms).

The KK-42 set has been tested in Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine, and received an
overwhelmingly positive feedback at every testing institution. At the moment KK-42 is
cleared by Ukrainian authorities for usage in medical practice and is ready for industrial
manufacturing. The National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine plans to prepare a
motion to the Ukrainian government for inclusion of a directive on manufacturing and
provision of the set to all relevant medical institutions in the country to the National
Program Health 2020. Ukrainian Dimension.

Ukrainian ophthalmological tradition goes back to the achievements of Vladimir Filatov
(1875-1956). The scientist and medical practitioner is known around the world for his
significant contribution to medical science and practice, firstly due to his introduction
of tissue therapy. The founder of one of the leading eye care institutes in the world -
The Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases & Tissue Therapy in Odessa, southern Ukraine, – he
invented the tube flap grafting method, was the first to successfully carry out corneal
transplantation (keratoplasty), and presented the revolutionary preservation of grafts
from cadaver eyes (the technique allows to include cornea to postmortem donorship options

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine

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