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The International Retinitis Pigmentosa Center, founded in 1992 by Prof. Dr. Orfilio Pelaez Molina, has been dedicated for more than forty years to study the therapeutic possibilities to stop the progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa.
The building where the International Retinitis Pigmentosa Center operates has its origin at the end of the 40's of the 20th century, where Nuestra Señora del Carmen clinic, owned by the Valle brothers, was located. It later became a mutual institution and then a multipurpose clinic, which included maternal and child services.
After the triumph of of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, it became a specialized public service, open to all social sectors.
The Camilo Cienfuegos International Center for Retinitis Pigmentosa provides specialized medical care services for the diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmological diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa, Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, Cataract, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Corneal Diseases, Retinopathies and others eye pathologies. It is an international reference center.
Because of severe limitation for those suffering from this disease, mostly young people, a team of Cuban scientists provides specialized ophthalmologic care for the diagnosis of ocular diseases and especially for the treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa.
The International Retinitis Pigmentosa Center offers a therapeutic alternative for the halting of Retinitis Pigmentosa based on the accumulated experience and research carried out for several years by a group of specialists led by the eminent Cuban scientist, nationally and internationally recognized, Professor Dr. Orfilio Pelaez Molina (1923-2001).
The work verticalized by Cuban scientists towards the study of Retinitis Pigmentosa would be the genesis of the Cuban Society of Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is precisely at the beginning of the 90's when the National Group and then the Retinitis Pigmentosa Society were created; such background, added to the support of the Cuban National Health System, allowed the creation of a National Retinitis Pigmentosa Program, which from a holistic approach covers the phases of research, diagnosis and family study, as well as a coherent platform of clinical, basic and epidemiological research.
In its more than 20 years, the International Retinitis Pigmentosa Center has attended, between outpatients and inpatients, more than 99,802 patients from 109 countries, of which the highest percentage corresponds to patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa.
In its seven floors, the architectural facility has 60 rooms comfortably equipped for the satisfaction of patients and their families.
It also has consultation and clinical research areas, three operating rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology, two dedicated to ophthalmologic surgery in general and another to refractive surgery with excimer and femtosecond lasers.
The treatment applied for Retinitis Pigmentosa consists of a surgical technique associated with the application of ozone therapy, electrostimulation, vitamin therapy and trace element therapy. This surgery implants orbital vascular fatty tissue in the suprachoroidal space, a structure rich in blood vessels.
In Cuba there is a National Care Program for Retinitis Pigmentosa, directed by Prof. Peláez, which covers all the provinces of the country, where more than 6,000 patients have been treated and which has allowed to know that 3.5 per 10,000 inhabitants suffer from the disease.
All these years of experience and studies are available at the "Camilo Cienfuegos" International Retinitis Pigmentosa Center, where around 4 365 patients from 78 countries have been treated. Other ophthalmologic pathologies are also treated, such as: Retinal Dystrophies, diseases of the Macula, ocular diseases associated with Retinitis Pigmentosa, Cataract, Glaucoma, Myopia, other Ametropias.
This novel therapy applied according to the stage of the Retinitis Pigmentosa disease in patients, has obtained satisfactory results. As evidence of the success, in more than 10,000 cases treated to date, 78% stopped the progression of the disease, 16% widened their field and visual acuity and only 6% did not show satisfactory results. This effective and exclusive treatment to stop the progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa is offered at the Camilo Cienfuegos International Retinitis Pigmentosa Center in Havana.
International Center for Retinitis Pigmentosa