Ophthalmology

Asian Eye Centre

Department of Ophthalmology, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences.

Laser Eye Surgery in IndiaAIMS stands apart due to its state of the art equipment, infrastructure and personalized patient care. AIMS  extends its services to most of the ophthalmic specialties including Cataract, Glaucoma, Vitreo Retinal services, Uvea, Cornea, Squint, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro- Ophthalmology, Oculoplasty and Tumors, Contact Lens and Comprehensive Eye Treatment and Check up.

Surgeries and diagnostic procedures available

  • High end Carl Zeiss ophthalmic microscope
  • Latest state-of-the-art phaco machine
  • Carl Zeiss fundus camera
  • Carl Zeiss OCT
  • Carl Zeiss green laser
  • Carl Zeiss Nd-Yag lasers for capsulotomy and iriditomy
  • Carl Zeiss Humphrey Field Analyzer
  • Nidek autorefractokeratometer
  • Nidek slit lamps
  • Chair unit with projectors
  • Nidek lensometers
  • Nidek A Scan
  • Nidek B Scan
  • Nidek NCT
  • Applanation tonometer
  • Ophthalmoscopes and retinoscopes

Know about Cataract

What is Cataract?

Cataract is a natural clouding of the clear natural crystalline lens in the eyes. This is a normal outcome of the aging process but may also result out of trauma to the eye, heredity or diabetes. It is because of heredity that one sees infantile cataracts in some newborn babies.

Symptoms of cataract

Whatever the cause, cataracts typically result in blurred or fuzzy vision and sensitivity to light.

Treatment of cataract

The only treatment for cataract is surgical intervention through which the cloudy natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. A cataract can be operated at any stage. In India, there is a myth that cataracts should only be operated when “mature”. This may actually lead to complications.

Cataract surgery

AIMS uses the cutting edge technique of Phacoemulsification with a foldable lens implant for cataract surgeries. We use the latest generation Phaco machine. In most cases it is a no stitch – no pad surgery leading to very quick visual recovery and rehabilitation resulting in ‘walk in – walkout’ cataract surgery. Foldable lens implant are used for cataract surgeries.

Cataract surgeries are microsurgeries and are broadly categorized into two:

Extra capsular Cataract Extraction (ECCE):

This involves removing the cloudy lens in one piece leading to a large incision of 10 to 12 mm on the eye. Through this incision, the artificial lens is also implanted and then the cut is sutured.

Phacoemulsification (Phaco):

This is the latest advance in cataract removal wherein a small ultrasonic probe is inserted into the eye through a cut of 3.2mm or less. This probe breaks (emulsifies) the cloudy lens into tiny pieces and gently sucks these out of the eye. The surgeon then implants the replacement lens through this cut.

Kinds of lenses used in Cataract Surgeries:

While non-foldable lenses are made up of PMMA, a hard plastic material, foldable lenses are either made of acrylic or silicone.

The advantage of a foldable over a non-foldable lens is that the incision is very small and consequently the recovery period is much faster. Whichever lens is used, cataract surgery is a small procedure wherein the patient is discharged after a couple of hours and can safely go back home the same day.

Laser eye surgery: In certain patients, a very thin film develops behind the artificial lens. The treatment is a painless 10 minutes OPD procedure wherein the doctor cuts away this film through a process called Yag Laser.

Know about Glaucoma

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma has been rightly called the “The silent stealer of eyesight”. The loss of vision is so gradual from along the periphery of the eye that the patient is largely unaware of the loss. What is most tragic is that vision loss due to glaucoma is irreversible. Medication, laser and surgery can preserve the remaining eyesight of the patient at the best.

Glaucoma is a blinding disease that comes on slowly and initially without any symptoms.

We offer:

  • Expertise in diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of Glaucoma backed by some of the best diagnostic equipment sourced from all around the world.

Glaucoma is a result of building up of fluid within the eye and the resultant increase in pressure. This pressure falls on the sensitive optic nerve resulting in irreversible damage.

Types of Glaucoma

Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma

As there are hardly any symptoms, the patient is largely unaware that there is a progressive loss of vision. The only way of diagnosis is through periodic eye examinations.

Congenital Glaucoma – This is visible literally from birth. Since the eye of an infant is more elastic than that of an adult, the increase of pressure leads to the eye bulging out.

Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma – This is a sudden onset. Blurred vision, severe pain, rainbow haloes around light, nausea and vomiting are the immediate symptoms. Unless medical attention is provided immediately, blindness can result in a day or two.

Anybody over the age of 40 years is susceptible to Glaucoma. That’s why it is advised that people above 40 should go in for an ophthalmologic examination every 6 months.

Remedies – Glaucoma is usually controlled with eye drops or oral medication given in various combinations. These medications act to decrease the eye pressure either by assisting flow of fluid outside the eye or by decreasing the amount of fluid entering the eye. If medication is poorly tolerated or not effective in controlling the intra-ocular pressure, eye treatment is done to create an artificial drainage channel for the fluid to drain out.

Vitreo-Retina Services at AIMS – The Vitreo-Retina Service at AIMS is a modern well-equipped centre, handling almost all categories of medical and surgical conditions of the Retina and Vitreous.

The medical expertise in the department is backed by state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including:

  • Zeiss Operating microscope
  • Fundus fluorescein angiography using a Zeiss Digital fundus camera
  • Nidek B and A scan
  • Ocular Ultrasonography
  • Carl Zeiss green laser
  • Carl Zeiss Yag laser

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