Find an Ophthalmologist in Dubai.

The Middle East is a region that offers harsh weather conditions in terms of its searing summers and frequent sandstorms, and Dubai is no exception to that rule. The high temperatures during the day and the dryness in the air due to it being a desert region, all contribute to various ailments of the eyes. Our visual ability is something that we all take for granted, up until the time when our vision starts to get blurry and we need to make a trip to an ophthalmologist in Dubai.

With a population of 2.6 million people, many of whom work outdoors in the construction industry, there is no shortage of patients suffering from various eye conditions, both degenerative and otherwise. Some of the more common eye conditions found in Dubai include dry eye, presbyopia, diabetic retinopathy, floaters and flashes, cataract, glaucoma, and age related muscular degeneration (ARMD). In order to prevent the aggravation of these optic disorders, patients in Dubai usually get consulted by an ophthalmologist in Dubai.

An ophthalmologist specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of optical problems. With the rise in the number of medical centers and hospitals around the city, there has also been a concurrent increase in the number of ophthalmologists in Dubai as well. To ensure that you get consulted by a good ophthalmologist in Dubai, you need to make sure that they specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of optical problems. Furthermore you should also cross-check with your insurance provider if they cover the costs of consultation for the ophthalmologist in Dubai that you have chosen to get yourself shown to.

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Aster Blog - World Glaucoma Week

Glaucoma insights on World Glaucoma Week.

“Early detection, through regular and complete eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma”.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases causing optic nerve damage. The optic nerve carries images from the retina, which is the specialized light sensing tissue, to the brain so we can see. In glaucoma, eye pressure plays a role in damaging the delicate nerve fibers of the optic nerve. When a significant number of nerve fibers are damaged, blind spots develop in the field of vision. Once nerve damage and visual loss occur, it is permanent. It is a leading cause of blindness after cataract.

It’s said that Blindness from glaucoma is irreversible. An Early detection is the key to preserving vision. Often, patients are not aware that they are having vision loss because the central vision is preserved upto the advanced stages. In early stage, only the ‘Field-of-view’ may be affected. This can be detected by meticulous ophthalmic evaluation with advanced technology. Our aim is to diagnose glaucoma early and prevent vision loss.

Who should be tested for glaucoma?

  • Everyone from babies to senior citizens can develop glaucoma.
  • People with age over 40 years.
  • Glaucoma in the family history.
  • Diabetes/ thyroid disease / hypertension
  • Have received steroid containing preparations :tablets/ drops/ ointments/ puffs/ injection
  • See rainbow colored rings around bright light
  • Have a rapid change of glasses
  • Have had an injury on the face /eye
  • Myopic eye
  • Have headaches

Tests required in glaucoma 

  • Visual field test (perimetry)
  • Tonometry (measurement of eye pressure)
  • Diurnal variation of IOP
  • Dilated examination
  • Glaucoma OCT

Glaucoma cannot be prevented. There is no cure for glaucoma. But it can be controlled by appropriate medications and regular eye checkups. Therefore this can help prevent further loss of vision.

Dr. Anurag Mathur

MBBS, MS

Ophthalmology

Aster Jubilee Medical Complex (AJMC)

 

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A sight of sore eyes – Conjunctivitis

Pink, itchy eyes? Pink eye or conjunctivitis is common and spreads easily. It sometimes needs medical treatment, depending on the cause. Know the symptoms, when to seek treatment, and how to help prevent it.

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color.

The most common causes of conjunctivitis are viruses, bacteria, and allergens. But there are other causes, including chemicals, fungi, certain diseases, and contact lens wear (especially wearing lenses overnight). The conjunctiva can also become irritated by foreign bodies in the eye and by indoor and outdoor air pollution caused, for example, by chemical vapors, fumes, smoke, or dust.

It can be hard to determine the exact cause of every case of conjunctivitis. This is because some symptoms of the condition may be similar depending on the cause.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis can include:-

  • Pink or red color in the white of the eye(s) (often one eye for bacterial and often both eyes for viral or allergic conjunctivitis)
  • Increased tearing
  • Discharge of pus, especially yellow-green (more common in bacterial conjunctivitis)
  • Itching, irritation, and/or burning
  • Feeling like a foreign body is in the eye(s) or an urge to rub the eye(s)
  • Crusting of eyelids or lashes sometimes occurs, especially in the morning
  • Symptoms of a cold, flu, or other respiratory infection may also be present
  • Symptoms of allergy, such as an itchy nose, sneezing, a scratchy throat, or asthma may be present in cases of allergic conjunctivitis
  • Contact lenses that do not stay in place on the eye and/or feel uncomfortable due to bumps that may form under the eyelid.

Conjunctivitis caused by allergens is not contagious; however, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis can be easily spread from person to person and can cause epidemics. You can greatly reduce the risk of getting conjunctivitis or of passing it on to someone else by following some simple good hygiene steps.

If you have infectious (viral or bacterial) conjunctivitis, you can help limit its spread to other people by following these steps:-

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes.
  • Wash hands after applying eye drops or ointment.
  • Wash pillowcases, sheets, washcloths, and towels in hot water and detergent; hands should be washed after handling such items.
  • Avoid sharing items like towels, blankets, and pillowcases.
  • Clean eyeglasses, being careful not to contaminate items (like towels) that might be shared by other people.
  • Do not share eye makeup, face make-up, make-up brushes, contact lenses and containers, or eyeglasses.
  • Do not use swimming pools.

Conjunctivitis is a common disorder, especially amongst young. Good hygiene practices such as washing hands frequently can prevent the spread of conjunctivitis. If you have any symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from conjunctivitis, see your GP or optometrist.

 

Dr. (Captain) Vikram Krishan Mohindra

MBBS, MNAMS, MS

Specialist in Ophthalmology

Aster Hospital, Mankhool

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