Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. When your eyes need special treatment, you can turn to our Outpatient Ophthalmology Clinic for convenient and personalized care by well experienced eye specialists and ophthalmic consultants.
Ophthalmologists at SevenHills Hospital
An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. Since ophthalmologists perform operations on eyes, they are both surgical and medical specialists.
To impart comprehensive eye care, the ophthalmology department uses state-of-the-art equipments and most current procedures for lasik, cataract, and other types of eye surgery treatments.
An Ophthalmologist (MD) has a medical degree and is licensed to practice medicine and perform surgery. Some ophthalmologists obtain an additional period of subspecialty fellowship training after completing their residencies, such as training in cornea/refractive surgery, glaucoma, oculoplastic, and reconstructive surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and retinal surgery.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. Glaucoma occurs when the pressure inside the eye rises high enough to damage the optic nerve. It cannot be prevented, and vision once lost cannot be restored. The high eye pressure associated with glaucoma is caused by blockages in the eye’s fluid drains. People at the greatest risk include those who are over the age of 40, diabetic, near-sighted or who have a family history of glaucoma.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the normally clear lens in the front of the eye. Cataracts are caused by a chemical change in the eye, and cause blurred or distorted vision. People at a risk for developing cataracts are over 55 years old, have had eye injuries or disease, have a family history of cataracts, smoke cigarettes or use certain medications.
There is no pain associated with the condition, but there are several symptoms that indicate failing vision due to cataracts. These include:
LASIK is Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis. During the Laser treatment, there is no pain at all. However, you may experience some mild ocular discomfort and watering during the first 24 hours after surgery. It will gradually resolve by second or third day. Painkillers and sedatives may be prescribed to ease the pain and discomfort.
“Dry eye” is the term for when your eyes are insufficiently moisturized, either because they do not produce enough tears or because the tears have an improper chemical composition. It often occurs during the natural aging process, but it can also form as a result of eyelid or blinking problems, certain medications (oral contraceptives, antidepressants), climate (low humidity, wind, dust), injury, and various health problems.
Treatment for dry eye can take many forms. Non-surgical methods include blinking exercises, increasing humidity at home or work, and use of artificial tears or moisturizing ointment. If these methods fail, small plugs may be inserted in the corners of the eyes to limit tear drainage, or the drainage tubes in the eyes may be surgically closed.