Laser surgery in ophthalmology has evolved over the last 30 years and is now the preferred method for treating many eye conditions. This technology enables surgeons to operate with greater precision when compared to conventional surgery.
Thanks to generous support, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) – the dedicated charity for Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals – has helped provide specialist eye laser equipment thanks to a gift left to ACT in a will along with a grant from The Cambridge Eye Trust.
Addenbrooke’s is the first NHS unit in the UK to install the state-of-the-art ‘Femtosecond’ laser system. This infrared laser, with its ultra-precision, brings the potential to revolutionise eye surgery in the East of England, improving care and ensuring more patients can benefit.
The total grant of £191,000 from the two organisations funded the new equipment, installation and necessary building adaptations.
Mr Madhavan Rajan, Consultant Ophthalmologist (pictured) said: “The Eye Department at Addenbrooke’s was the first NHS unit in the UK to receive the advanced Femtosecond laser system. It helps improve safety and accuracy when treating visually compromised patients with cataract and corneal disorders. We are thankful to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and the Cambridge Eye Trust for helping us bring this innovative technology to patients in Cambridge.”
Find out more about other recently funded ACT projects here.