(CMR) The Health Services Authority (HSA) has recruited consultant Ophthalmologist, Ermanno Scerrati to lead the Lions Eye Clinic.
The HSA made the announcement in a press release issued on Friday noting that Scerrati would introduce more advanced procedures to the eye clinic’s scope of services in upcoming months.
Being the first in the Midlands (UK) to perform the iStent implant, Dr. Scerrati brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our patients with glaucoma at the HSA,” said the HSA' s Medical Director Dr. Delroy Jefferson.
“We are excited that he has joined our team of eye experts and taken the lead in plans to reequip the clinic for more advanced procedures and surgeries for traumatic injuries. With our focus on patient care and excellence, Dr. Scerrati will complement our mission perfectly and allow us to continue to offer top quality eye care and eye surgery to patients,” added Jefferson.
Dr. Scerrati specialises in the treatment of the cornea and issues related to glaucoma, bringing world class experience and high-level expertise in the performance of Vitro Retinal Surgery, Cornea Transplant and Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS).
Dr. Scerrati recently performed a cutting-edge procedure known as the iStent implant on four glaucoma patients, a first for the Cayman Islands.
“This MIGS procedure is a relatively new one with very good outcomes worldwide and I have performed over 200 cases,” explained Scerrati.
“It involves the implantation of the world’s smallest medical device known as the iStent, to reduce the pressure caused by the buildup of fluid in the eyes of patients with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma. Too much fluid raises pressure, which can cause the gradual loss of vision and while glaucoma moves slowly, its damage is irreparable. Using such a small device as the iStent, we can deliver great outcomes that will positively impact our patients’ quality of life,” he added.
A native of Italy, Dr. Scerrati graduated with a first-class degree in medicine from “La Sapienza” the University of Rome, where he also underwent specialty training in ophthalmology.
Afterward he trained in eye surgery at several prestigious Italian specialist eye centers developing into a leader in his chosen fields of cataract, refractive and glaucoma surgery.
He worked as head of the glaucoma unit at Wye Valley Trust NHS Hospital in Hereford (UK) before moving to the Cayman Islands to assume his current position. He has over eight years’ experience performing corneal surgery and over six years’ experience performing glaucoma surgery.
He has worked in Spain, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Kuwait and Azerbaijan where he regularly attended an eye clinic, helping to develop sustainable eye service in a challenging environment.