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Playa del Carmen hospital receives state-of-the-art eye care unit

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Servicios Estatales de Salud de Quintana Roo announces the launch of the first state-of-the-art eye care unit located in Playa del Carmen.

Secretary of Health, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, announced the launch of the Comprehensive Specialized Care Unit in Ophthalmology and Retina. She says that giving citizens efficient and reliable services in health centers and hospitals that improve hope and quality of life is a priority axis of Governor Carlos Joaquin.

Aguirre Crespo says the new unit is located in the General Hospital of Playa del Carmen with an investment of 7.2 million peso. It is outfitted with cutting-edge personnel and clinical equipment such as an indirect ophthalmoscope adapted to administer lasers, which will allow the realization of retina photocoagulation.

She says the equipment will also provide vitreous surgeries and other services for the benefit of pediatric and adult patients and is available to people affiliated with Seguro Popular.

She explained that the new Comprehensive Specialized Care Unit in Ophthalmology and Retina will help those who have vision degeneration caused by a chronic long-term illness such as diabetes. Premature newborns with visual impairment, due to the conditions of their birth as well as pediatric patients and adults with injuries caused by trauma or inflammatory processes in the eyes, will also be treated.

She said that 31 percent of patients with long-term chronic diseases such as diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, which in severe cases can lead to blindness. She also said that on average, 300 premature children are born in SESA hospitals with the possibility of developing retinopathy of prematurity, which could affect their quality of life by affecting their sight.

For the first time in the history of the state, a public hospital now specializes in treatments using cutting-edge clinical equipment for eye injuries. She says that corrective eye surgeries in pediatric and premature patients normally cost between 30,000 and 60,000 peso, but is free to those with Seguro Popular.