A unique retinal surgery operating theatre inaugurated at the Eye Clinic

In the new operating theatre at the Eye Clinic of the University of Debrecen’s Clinical Centre, state-of-the-art high-tech equipment is now used to perform retinal surgery in a safer way and in shorter time. The new operating theatre was inaugurated on Thursday.

-  Thanks to the new operating theatre and the use of state-of-the-art equipment, specialists at our Eye Clinic are able to treat patients with greater precision and a higher chance of recovery. This modernization will allow further development for scientific, academic and teaching work as well as for the establishment of collaborations at national and international levels. The most significant mission, however, remains that patients should be cured and satisfied when leaving the institution -  said György Kossa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the University of Debrecen, in his welcome speech.  

László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen, described the construction of the operating theatre as a major development.

- In the municipal development strategy of Debrecen projected until 2030, we have also identified healthcare as a focal area. A strong alliance has been formed between our city and the University of Debrecen in order to accomplish this objective. Thanks to this cooperation, the healthcare system in Debrecen continues to be stable and efficient, so we have ample space for maneuver to implement further improvements - said Mayor László Papp.

The Eye Clinic in Debrecen is currently the national center for eye cancer, where several new procedures have been introduced in recent years. It was here in 2021 that the first retinal transplantation for non-occluded macular holes (autologous neurosensory) was performed in Hungary. The equipment pool has also been continuously upgraded. For instance, this institution has used one of the best ophthalmic operating microscopes in the world since 2021, with intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging and 3D-option, which allows safer surgery.

This device will be used in the new vitreoretinal operating theatre, where three of the world's most advanced PhacoVitrectomes are available. 

- The management of the University of Debrecen and the Clinical Centre has been very supportive of our development over the past four years since I have been responsible for the clinic. A milestone in this process is the creation of the retinal surgery operating theatre, the ‘heart’ of which is the high-tech operating microscope that can show the layers of the retina with high precision, so that the physicians can see much better, much more and in greater detail during the course of surgery. Thanks to this, we have a better chance of restoring the patients’ vision. In the operating theatre, we will perform retina and cataract operations - said Mariann Fodor, Director of the Eye Clinic.

This ophthalmic operating microscope system is available and used in Hungary only at the Eye Clinic of the University of Debrecen.

Before the inauguration of the operating theatre, a celebratory academic meeting was held at the Eye Clinic to mark the 50th anniversary of the first vitrectomy in Hungary, performed by Professor Béla Alberth, the former director of the clinic. During this event, the attendees were given an overview of the professional development of the past decades.

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