Medical director: Doc. Cinchini Elisabetta
Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with prevention, diagnosis and both medical and surgical therapy of diseases of the visual apparatus, therefore of the eye and its appendages, the correction of visual defects (refractive errors or ametropias) and of related visual pathologies.
It is one of the oldest medical and surgical disciplines, and is practiced by the ophthalmologist.
At Quisisana, an accredited private hospital, it is possible to undergo an eye examination in Ferrara.
The eye examination at Quisisana, for a fee and not affiliated with the National Health System, is carried out by Dr. Francesco Furci or by Dr. Piero Piccinini. It is one of the services in the nursing home, a center of excellence that makes experience and specialization its strengths.
The eye examination is much more than a simple visual acuity check, so much so that it consists of seven phases. Like any specialist visit, it starts with the anamnesis and with the collection of general and ocular information. Then we move on to the physical examination with direct observation of the patient, and to biomicroscopy. An examination that involves a strong enlargement of the eyelids, conjunctiva, sclera, cornea, anterior chamber, iris and lens. To identify cases of myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, self-refractometry is performed and, only subsequently, the classic eye exam, tonometry, to measure eye pressure. It ends with the examination of the fundus oculi.
The ophthalmologist deals with prevention, vision measurement, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and vision defects. It can diagnose corneal, retinal and glaucoma diseases.
The most common pathologies that fall within the study of ophthalmology are:
Quisisana is the reference point for laser cataract surgery in Ferrara.
Cataracts consist in the progressive opacification of the lens, a transparent “net” placed exactly behind the pupil. The lens, over the years, oxidizes and opacifies, making it impossible for light to penetrate inside the eye, causing a decrease in the quality and quantity of sight.
At Quisisana, cataract surgery is performed with a femtosecond laser, a surgical technique that in Italy has not yet been developed in an important way mainly for problems related to high costs, as it requires significant structural investments. IThe laser allows to obtain various advantages in terms of safety and repetitiveness of the intervention, without involving the use of a scalpel and with less eye trauma. This is a great novelty in this field, together with the use of customized prostheses (artificial crystallines). After the surgery, the patient no longer needs glasses.