Do you have impaired vision or an eye disease, for which you are looking for high-quality diagnosis and treatment?
The Vision Center of the Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic serves patients with visual impairment. We are an internationally visible eye clinic, in terms of both high-quality care and scientific research. We provide treatment annually for more than 30,000 patients with eye conditions. We carry out about 3,000 surgeries that consist of cataract, glaucoma, strabismus and retina surgery. We utilize laser technology in the treatment of retinal diseases and glaucoma. We have an extensive international cooperation network and we have consulted many international experts in the treatment of eye conditions.
The Vision Center is led by professor Kai Kaarniranta, who conducts the pre-examinations and makes the treatment plans. Our experts have been deeply involved in the development of the treatments and the medication for eye conditions. All the members of our multi-professional team are highly experienced, friendly and supportive. The whole team speaks English and if needed we can arrange a translator. We offer high-quality patient care without delays and utilize the latest technology in our patient care.
Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) happens when a part of the retina called the macula is damaged. With AMD you lose your central vision and you cannot see fine details. We annually carry out almost 5,000 intraocular injection treatments for wet AMD. AMD diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care are carried out by the most experienced retinal specialists. The access to treatment is fast. In diagnosis and follow-up care, we use the latest precise imaging technology, such as OCT light layer imaging.
We use the latest imaging technology in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. We treat diabetic retinopathy by means of laser technology and/or intraocular injections. We have centralized the diagnosis, the treatment and the follow-up care to the best diabetes specialists. We carry out the treatment in collaboration with internal medicine physicians by holistically taking into account the balance of diabetes.
We annually operate on approximately 2,000 cataracts. Our staff is highly experienced and the dissecting microscopes are the best on the market. Surgical complications are rare. The access to treatment is fast and the pre-examination, cataract surgery and discharge take place during the same day.
We annually carry out about 500 retinal surgery operations that consist of vitreous cleaning operations for diabetics and retinal surgery operations utilizing the most modern technologies and top-class dissecting microscopes. Our ophthalmic surgeons have carried out thousands of retinal surgeries. Most of the surgeries are carried out under local anesthesia, which enables going home faster.
The neuro-ophthalmologist is a university clinic specialist, who ensures high-quality neuro-ophthalmology diagnosis and treatment. The radiography examinations comprise the imaging of the fundus, visual field examinations, OCT, CT and MRI examinations. We often carry out the treatment of optic nerve diseases in flexible cooperation with neurologists, neurosurgeons, internal medicine physicians and radiologists. We mainly treat glaucoma patients with medication and laser technology. Some of the glaucoma patients require surgery, which we implement with modern technology.
The treatment of strabismus and children’s inflammatory eye diseases are carried out with highest quality by experienced ophthalmologists. We have taken into consideration the special needs of children in order to ensure that our treatments are as pleasant an experience as possible for children.
"My right eye was diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) over two years ago. First I went to see the local ophthalmologist for loss of vision, and I was instructed to go see professor Kai Kaarniranta at the ophthalmology clinic of Kuopio University Hospital.
I have been coming here once a month for nearly two years. The treatment lasts for one to two hours at a time. If the journey to the hospital is long, your own physician can give you the injections, but the progress of the treatment will be monitored by professor Kaarniranta and his team here at KUH.
The eye is first anesthetized and after that the injection is given. Of course, it was rather terrifying in the beginning, having a needle like that injected in your eye, but I had heard from my friends that there is nothing to fear.
The treatment is very painless: at most, it is like the smallest mosquito bite. You should avoid all exterior irritation of the eye, doing dusty work and going to the sauna for three days after the treatment. My physical treatments will end soon, but I will still have check-ups once a month and have more injections if necessary.
The hospital staff has been very kind and good at what they do. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I have always received plenty of information about the procedures and we have discussed a lot of other things as well.
This disease will never fully heal, but with these treatments it can be managed. I have even got some of my vision back. If I hadn’t received the right kind of treatment, I will surely have lost the vision of the affected eye."
Vilho Ruotsalainen, 77