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OPHTHALMOLOGY TEAM / EQUIPO DE OFTALMOLOGIA

Certified by the MEXICAN COUNCIL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY 

Member of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CATARACT AND REFRACTIVE SURGERY (ASCRS)

International Member of the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY

Active Member of MEXICAN SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, A.C.

The care of your eyes in the hands of professionals, We are specialists highly qualified, we have updated knowledge and extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases of major relevance. / El cuidado de tus ojos en manos de professionales !Somos especialistas en Oftalmología altamente calificados, contamos con conocimiento actualizado y amplia experiencia en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de las enfermedades oculares  de mayor relevancia.

 

DR. GUSTAVO VELA MARIN

Ophthalmologist / Cirujano Oftalmologo
(LEAD SURGEON)

He graduated from medical school at UANL (Monterrey, Mexico). He later concluded his ophthalmology residency at the first ophthalmological center ever founded in Latin America (Hospital de la Luz in Mexico City). In this same hospital he completed the fellowship: Microsurgery of the Anterior Segment of the Eye. This basically means that he is an expert in cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation.


He is currently certified by the Mexican Council of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology and the Ophthalmological Association of Reynosa. He has also approved the examinations of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Vela performs 350+ cataract surgeries every year. His experience, knowledge, sense of responsibility, respect and professionalism has positioned him as a Top Surgeon in Mexico.

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Egresado de la Facultad de Medicina de la UANL donde recibió el título de Médico Cirujano. Posteriormente concluyó la especialidad en Oftalmología en el centro oftalmólogico más antiguo de toda Latinoamérica, el Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Luz en la ciudad de México. En este mismo hospital acreditó el curso de posgrado de alta especialidad avalado por la UNAM: Microcirugía del Segmento Anterior del Ojo. Lo cual significa que es un experto en cirugía de catarata e implante de lentes intraoculares.


Se encuentra actualmente certificado por el Consejo Mexicano de Oftalmología y es miembro activo de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología, la Academia Americana de Oftalmología, la Sociedad Americana de Catarata y Cirugía Refractiva y la Asociación Oftalmológica de Reynosa. Además ha aprobado las examinaciones del Consejo Internacional de Oftalmología.

El Dr. Vela realiza cerca de 350 cirugías de cataratas cada año. Su experiencia, conocimiento actualizado, sentido de responsabilidad, respeto y profesionalismo lo han posicionado como un cirujano reconocido en México.

DR. GUSTAVO VELA DELGADO

Ophthalmologist / Cirujano Oftalmologo

Dr. Gustavo Vela Delgado has dedicated his entire life to medicine and ophthalmology has always been his vocation. He has 30+ years of experience in his specialty. Dr. Vela coordinates our ophthalmology staff.

Dr. Gustavo Vela also has an Anesthesiology specialty, with which it has been possible to provide quality medical care, always treating each of his patients with the utmost respect and attention they deserve.

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El Dr. Gustavo Vela Delgado ha dedicado su vida a la medicina y siempre ha mostrado vocación por su especialidad. Cuenta con más de 30 años de experiencia en el ramo de la oftalmología. El Dr. Vela dirige nuestro equipo de oftalmólogos.

El Dr. Gustavo Vela cuenta además con una especialidad de Anestesiología, con la cual ha sido posible proporcionar una atención medica de calidad, siempre tratando a cada uno de sus pacientes con el mayor respeto y atención que se merecen. 

DRA. ISABEL CONTRERAS MACIAS

Ophthalmologist / Cirujano Oftalmologo

She graduated from medical school at UAG. She later concluded her ophthalmology residency at the Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI (Mexico City). After her residency she completed the fellowship: Microsurgery of the Anterior Segment of the Eye at the Hospital de la Luz (Mexico city). This basically means that she is an expert in cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation.


She is currently certified be the Mexican Council of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology as well as an international member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Realizó sus estudios universitarios en la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Guadalajara Centro Universitario del Sur. Posteriormente cursó  la Especialidad en Oftalmología con sede en el Hospital de Especialidades del Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social avalado por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Cuenta con certificación por el Consejo Mexicano de Oftalmología vigente, así como estudios de posgrado en Alta Especialidad en Microcirugía del Segmento Anterior del Ojo, con sede en la Fundación Hospital Nuestra Señora de la Luz, México DF, avalado por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Miembro de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología y de la Academia Americana de Oftalmología.

FAQ: 

1. WHAT IS AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST?

​An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists complete 12 to 13 years of training and education, and are licensed to practice medicine and surgery. This advanced training allows ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat a wider range of conditions than optometrists and opticians. Typical training includes a four-year college degree followed by at least eight years of additional medical training.

2. WHAT IS A SUBSPECIALIST?

While ophthalmologists are trained to care for all eye problems and conditions, some ophthalmologists specialize further in a specific area of medical or surgical eye care. This person is called a subspecialist. He usually completes one or two years of additional, more in-depth training (called a Fellowship) in one of the main subspecialty areas. In the case of Dr. Gustavo A. Vela Marín he subspecializes in Microsurgery of the Anterior Segment of the Eye, which basically means he is an expert in cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation.

3. WHAT IS A CATARACT?

Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. The lens bends (refracts) light rays that come into the eye to help us see. The lens should be clear, like the top lens in the illustration.

If you have a cataract, your lens has become cloudy. It is like looking through a foggy or dusty car windshield. Things look blurry, hazy or less colorful with a cataract

4. HOW MUCH DOES A CATARACT SURGERY COST?

The cost of cataract surgery varies from one doctor to the next; it also depends on the type of procedure and intraocular lens you and your cataract surgeon decide is best for your needs. In the US it ranges from a cost of $2,500 - $8,000 dlls per eye while in Hospital EJEZA you can get your procedure done with the latest technology at a price range from $1,600 - $3,000 dlls per eye.

PRICE COMPARATIVE WITH USA (Aprox. costs per eye):

Monofocal Intraocular Lens:

USA: $3,000 - $4,500 usd

EJEZA: $1,690 usd

(aprox 57% less)

Toric Intraocular Lens: 

USA: $4,500 - $6,500 usd

EJEZA: $2,250 usd

(aprox 60% less)

Multifocal Intraocular Lens (PREMIUM IOLs): 

USA: $6,500 - $8,000 usd

EJEZA: $2,690 usd

(aprox 60% less)

TriFocal (TOP PREMIUM IOLs): 

USA: Not Available in the US as today

EJEZA: $2,790 usd

** AcrySof IQ PanOptix (Alcon, Fort Worth, Texas)

5. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WITH CATARACT SURGERY?

Before surgery:

Your ophthalmologist will measure your eye to set the proper focusing power for your IOL. Also, you will be asked about any medicines you take. You might be asked not to take some of these medicines before surgery.

The day of surgery:

Your ophthalmologist may ask you not to eat any solid food at least 8 hours before your surgery.

Cataract removal surgery may be done in an outpatient surgery center or in a hospital. Here is what will happen:

With phacoemulsification cataract surgery, an ultrasound instrument breaks up the center of the cloudy lens and suctions it out.

  • Your eye will be numbed with eye drops or with an injection around the eye. You may also be given a medicine to help you relax.

  • You will be awake during surgery. You may see light and movement during the procedure, but you will not see what the doctor is doing to your eye.

  • A small incision (2-3 mm) is made in the front surface of the eye. A circular hole is then cut in the front of the thin membrane (anterior capsule) that encloses the eye's natural lens. Typically the lens is then broken into smaller pieces with an ultrasonic device(phacoemulsification) so it can be more easily removed from the eye. Once the entire lens is removed, it is replaced with a clear implant called an intraocular lens (IOL) to restore vision.

  • Usually your surgeon will not need to stitch the incisions closed. These “self sealing” incisions eventually will close by themselves over time.

  • You will rest in a recovery area for about 15–30 minutes. Then you will be ready to go home.

Cataract Surgery Recovery

Days or weeks after surgery:

  • You will have to use eye drops after surgery. Be sure to follow your doctor’s directions for using these drops.

  • Avoid getting soap or water directly in the eye.

  • Do not rub or press on your eye.

  • Your ophthalmologist will talk with you about how active you can be soon after surgery. He will tell you when you can safely exercise, drive or do other activities again.

6. IS A CATARACT SURGERY SERIOUS?

Like any surgery, cataract surgery carries risks of problems or complications. However, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed type of surgery in the United States and Mexico. Many cataract surgeons have several thousand procedures under their belt. Choosing a surgeon with this much experience will reduce the risk of something going wrong. Please feel free to contact us to give you more information on our surgeons.

7. WHAT FACTORS IMPACT COST?

- The part of the country where the surgery is performed

- The reputation and experience of the surgeon

- Type of IOL you select

- Visits to the hospital

- Where your surgery is performed and the reputation of the Center or Hospital 

8. WHAT IS THE POST-OPERATIVE RECOVERY PERIOD?

Most patients will be back to their daily activities 3 days after surgery.

9. FOR HOW LONG WILL MY EYE BE COVERED BY THE PATCH? 
Advanced technology has allowed for the eye to only require a patch for 3 hours on the day of the surgery. 


10. WILL I NEED TO WEAR GLASSES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY?
This depends on the type of lens that is implanted and the conditions of your eye. The trifocal intraocular lens is the only option that provides near, intermediate, and distance vision. Although trifocals are not yet available in the US they have been widely used in Canada and Europe as well as in Mexico. If you have a considerable amount of astigmatism you will need a toric intraocular lens to reduce your dependance on glasses after the surgery. If you choose a monofocal intraocular lens you will probably need glasses for near vision.

11. ARE BOTH EYES OPERATED ON THE SAME DAY?   
No. In order to allow for optimal results, 

*Its important to mention that some of the information on this web page is gathered from The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)which is created to provide information to the public in general. For more information visit the following links: https://www.aao.org/eye-health; *

https://www.eyeworld.org/trifocal-iols-provide-near-intermediate-and-distance-vision; https://www.eyeworld.org/trifocals-outperforming-other-premium-lenses