Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint jointly perform first complex infantile glaucoma procedures in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 22nd January, 2017 (WAM)–Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Healthpoint, both part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, performed two landmark surgeries in the field of pediatric eye care for the first time in Abu Dhabi, marking the beginning of a new era in ophthalmologic healthcare for the children of the nation.

The influx of leading ophthalmology experts at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Eye Institute, together with Healthpoint’s specialisation and expertise in pediatric care, has enabled surgical treatment of a complex case of infantile glaucoma, a clinical first in Abu Dhabi, as well as surgical correction of complex case of misaligned eyes (strabismus).

The first surgical procedure involved glaucoma valve implantation in the affected eye of a 7-month-old Emirati patient suffering from an advanced secondary form of infantile glaucoma. The second procedure involved combined horizontal and vertical extraocular muscle surgery in both eyes of a 4-year-old Emirati patient with misaligned eyes since infancy.

Glaucoma is damage to the optic nerve from increased eye pressure. Complex infantile forms are relatively more common on the Arabian Peninsula than in other regions of the world, due to a higher incidence of genetic mutation.

Both surgical procedures were performed by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Dr. Arif O. Khan, Staff Physician, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Eye Institute, in partnership with Healthpoint’s team of pediatric experts, including pediatric general practitioners and anesthesiologists who provide specialized post-operative care for children. The combined care from both facilities permitted successful treatment as well as smooth recovery for both patients.

“Young Emirati children with complex glaucoma or strabismus have in the past been sent overseas for their care; however, they now can receive state-of-the art treatment in the comfort their home environment. In fact, we are increasingly treating children referred from surrounding countries for ophthalmic care. At Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi we are excited to offer the specialized expertise and advanced technology to treat complex cases in very young children and to collaborate with Healthpoint when surgery is required”, said Dr. Rakesh Suri, Chief of Staff and Chief of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

“Pediatrics is a key specialism at Healthpoint and we have the facilities, resources and services needed to serve children’s treatment needs without the need for them to travel overseas. We are constantly working toward filling the gaps in the market and expanding our pediatric capabilities. We are happy to grow our service offering by sharing our specialist facilities and collaborating with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to provide new treatment options to patients,” said Dr. Nader Darwich, Medical Director, Healthpoint.

“Modern healthcare demands new, multi-specialty solutions and innovative thinking. The positive results of these two surgeries are a testament to the comprehensive care offered by Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers for the people of the UAE and signifies a leap forward toward the UAE’s vision of providing exceptional healthcare to our residents”, commented Suhail Al Ansari, Executive Director of Mubadala Healthcare, Vice Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Healthpoint.”