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Rabin Medical Center Petah Tikva

location_on Petah Tikva, Israel
8.9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology (609562)

Irit Bahar

Prof. Dr. med.

Irit Bahar

Specialized in: adult and pediatric ophthalmology

About the department

The Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Rabin Medical Center Petah Tikva offers the very latest diagnostic and treatment methods for the full range of diseases of the eye and its appendages in patients of all age groups. The clinic is one of the largest and the most competent medical facilities of this kind in the country. The medical team of the department consists of 55 highly qualified ophthalmologists, each of them has thorough training in a particular field of ophthalmology, for example, in the treatment of corneal and retinal diseases, in the treatment of glaucoma, cataract, strabismus, neuro-ophthalmic diseases, in the field of oculoplasty, etc. Thus, the patients are guaranteed the most effective treatment from top-class specialists. The department annually treats more than 40,000 patients, including foreign ones. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Irit Bahar.

The department has a 24-hour emergency ophthalmological service, an inpatient section, an outpatient hospital and six operating rooms, in which more than 4,000 surgical interventions of varying complexity are performed annually – more than 3,000 cataract surgeries, more than 400 retinal operations, more than 400 operations to remove tumors of the eye, orbit and eyelids, more than 100 operations on the tear ducts, hundreds of minimally invasive operations to treat glaucoma. In addition, the department includes a progressive Section of Ophthalmic Oncology, which specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the eye, orbit and eyelids.

The department's doctors use the world's best technologies for the diagnostics of ophthalmic diseases and eye surgery, including modern equipment for imaging the anterior and posterior segments of the eye, optical coherence tomography, visual field testing, 3D corneal scanning, state-of-the-art laser systems and many others. These resources allow the doctors to detect the slightest deviations in the structure or functioning of the eye and effectively eliminate them for the restoration of vision.

The special place in clinical practice is given to pediatric ophthalmology. The specially trained doctors work with young patients, they successfully perform surgical procedures to treat congenital cataract, surgical correction of strabismus, treatment of retinopathy of prematurity, etc.

The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:

  • Cataract
    • Microsurgical removal of eye lens 
    • Ultrasound surgery to remove eye lens
    • Laser phacoemulsification
    • Cataract cryoextraction (innovative technique)
  • Glaucoma
    • Laser techniques
      • Trabeculoplasty (argon, selective, micropulse)
      • Cyclophotocoagulation
      • Peripheral iridotomy
    • Surgical techniques
      • Trabeculoplasty (argon, selective, micropulse)
      • Cyclophotocoagulation
      • Peripheral iridotomy
    • Surgical techniques
      • Sclerotomy (scleral dissection)
      • Trabeculotomy (excision of the damaged area of ​​the drainage system of the eye)
      • Bypass surgery to improve aqueous humor outflow
      • Viscocanalostomy (opening the inner sclera membrane with the introduction of drugs into the Schlemm's canal)
  • Amblyopia
    • The unique Neirovision technique (stimulation of the cells of the occipital lobe of the brain, which is responsible for the perception and analysis of visual images; it can be used in both adults and children)
  • Myopia
    • Laser correction
    • Photorefractive keratectomy
    • Intraocular lens implantation
    • Corneal ring implantation
  • Hypermetropia
    • Selection of contact lenses or glasses
    • LASIK laser correction
    • Surgical treatment
      • Hexagonal keratotomy
      • Deep thermocoagulation
      • Hypermetropic automated keratoplasty
      • Hypermetropic keratomileusis
  • Astigmatism
    • Laser correction
    • Astigmatomy
  • Keratoconus
    • Implantation of intrastromal corneal rings
    • Corneal transplantation (at the advanced stages)
    • Non-surgical cross-linking
  • Benign and malignant tumors of the eye and its appendages
    • Benign tumors
      • Orbital tumors
      • Eyelid tumors
      • Nevi on the eyelids and conjunctiva
      • Retinal vascular hemangiomas
    • Malignant eye tumors
      • Melanoblastoma
      • Retinoblastoma
      • Intraocular lymphoma
  • Corneal diseases
    • Keratoplasty (corneal transplantation), including laser one
  • Iridocyclitis
    • Drug treatment with antibiotics, cytostatics and immunomodulators
  • Conjunctivitis
    • Drug treatment
  • Strabismus
    • Conservative treatment with contact lenses and glasses
    • Surgical treatment
      • Myotomy (dissection of the eye muscles)
      • Recession (withdrawal of the eye muscles)
      • Tenomyoplasty (lengthening of the oculomotor muscles)
  • Blepharitis
    • Treatment with ointments
    • Massage to improve blood circulation in the eyelids
    • Surgical interventions
  • Macular rupture
    • Vitrectomy
  • Eye movement disorders
    • Drug therapy (corticosteroids, vitamins C and B, anti-inflammatory, nootropic, vasodilatory, anticholinesterase drugs, as well as detoxification and dehydration therapy)
    • Physiotherapy (phonophoresis and electrophoresis with drugs, acupuncture)
    • Surgical treatment
  • Peripheral dystrophy and retinal detachment
    • Retinal laser coagulation
    • Cryotherapy
  • Thrombosis and obstruction of the central retinal artery
    • Retinal artery catheterization
  • Diabetic retinopathy
    • Laser photocoagulation
    • Vitrectomy
  • Dry eye syndrome
    • Symptomatic drug therapy
    • Surgical treatment (removal of the "plug" that blocks the lacrimal canal)
  • Uveitis
    • Drug therapy with anti-inflammatory drugs, antihistamines, angioprotectors
  • Endocrine ophthalmopathy
    • Comprehensive treatment in collaboration with endocrinologists
  • Other ophthalmic pathologies and treatment methods

Curriculum vitae

Prof. Irit Bahar is one of the best ophthalmologists in Israel, with an excellent international reputation. She is the Chief Physician of the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Rabin Medical Center Petah Tikva. The doctor uses in her clinical practice the techniques of laser vision correction, corneal transplantation, placement of multifocal and anti-astigmatic lenses. In addition, she is the Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Bahar received her medical education at the Faculty of Medicine of the Technion. This was followed by training at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, Israel. She completed her internship in the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Rabin Medical Center Petah Tikva. In the process, she received the Best Trainee Award from the Israel Ophthalmology Society and the Rabin Medical Center Petah Tikva. She completed her graduate and postdoctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto in Canada. Here Dr. Irit Bahar also gained invaluable experience in the field of laser vision correction, cataract surgery, treatment of corneal diseases and began performing corneal transplantations. She also trained at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the USA, at the Rotterdam Hospital in the Netherlands (focus on corneal transplant). After returning to Israel, Prof. Irit Bahar headed the Department of Adult and Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Rabin Medical Center Petah Tikva.

In addition to successful clinical practice, the specialist can be proud of achievements in research activities – doing research, publishing articles in international journals, training medical students and interns, as well as lecturing at the scientific conferences around the world.

Clinical Interests

  • Corneal transplant, including artificial one.
  • Surgical treatment of cataract.
  • Surgical treatment of pterygium.
  • Visual loss correction.
  • Treatment of dry eye syndrome.
  • Selection of lenses in complex clinical cases.

Research Interests

  • Advanced methods of corneal transplant.
  • Neovascularization of the cornea and its treatment methods.
  • Artificial corneal transplant.
  • Methods for improving the results of surgical treatment of cataract.
  • Corneal infections and their treatment.
  • Use of advanced technologies for corneal infection prevention.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Israel Ophthalmology Society.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons.
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Photo of the doctor: (c) Rabin Medical Center

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