Cataract

Does the artificial lens have an expiry date ?

Your artificial lens is designed to last for the rest of your life. It needs to be replaced or adjusted only if it causes injury, severe reaction in your eye or gets dislocated which is very rare.


When should i go in for surgery ?

Cataract Surgery is rarely an emergency surgery and should be considered when your vision cannot be improved with new glasses and is no longer good enough for your daily activities.

Glaucoma

What are my chances of recovery ?

If you have open angle Glaucoma, proper treatment greatly decreases your risk of vision loss. If you have angle closure Glaucoma and it is neglected, you can become blind in that eye in 2 days or less. Timely treatment can return your vision to almost the previous level


How will I know that my Glaucoma treatment is working as i don’t have any symptoms ?

Your eye doctor will examine your eyes to keep a check on your Glaucoma and prevent any further damage. That is why routine checks are so important


Does any particular diet help ?

No, there is no evidence to prove that following a particular diet will treat or prevent Glaucoma.


If have a high eye pressure, does it mean that i have Glaucoma ?

No, a high eye pressure without any optic nerve damage means that you are at a greater risk for Glaucoma and that you should undergo routine examinations

Refractive Error

Is it a very long procedure ?

While it is still a surgical procedure, the entire LASIK process is fast. Start to finish, LASIK only takes a few minutes


How do I know if I can undergo the procedure ?

Once you have decided that you want LASIK, we will run a series of tests to evaluate your vision. In addition to a normal eye exam, a highly advanced scan will be done to create a personalized “map” of your eye. Your surgeon will then


Any precautions for contact lens wearers ?

You will need to stop wearing contact lenses at least a week before the procedure, as they can affect the shape of your eyes and therefore the outcome of surgery


How soon can I expect better vision ?

Many people sit up, right after surgery and notice dramatically better vision. Still, complete recovery can take time – weeks or months even and much of the responsibility will be in your hands


What side effects can I expect after this procedure ?

Immediately, after LASIK, you may experience a few side effects from the procedure, including watery eyes, a burning sensation, or mild discomfort. These symptoms usually pass within the first few days. If you experience any severe pain, or vision worsens, contact your doctor immediately. During your first week of recovery, your vision may seem slightly hazy or blurry – you may also be sensitive to light, or have trouble seeing at night. These symptoms usually clear as your eyes heal, but you may continue to experience slight fluctuations in your vision for up to 6 months after surgery


The road to recovery

Although we’d love to claim all credit for your rapid recovery, most of it falls on you, and the amazing resilience of your eyes. Your eyes heal and adapt with surprising speed, but you can help the process along by closely following your surgeon’s instructions.

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

My child is diabetic, is she likely to develop retinopathy ?

Children usually do not develop vision threatening retinopathy until puberty or older. Most people do not develop diabetic retinopathy until they have had diabetes for a minimum of 10 years. Also, improper management of diabetes now could predispose her eyes to retinopathy at a later date. Hence, she should have regular eye tests from the age of 12 years.


What precautions can i take ?
  • Keep a check on your ABCs: A1C (HbA1C which is a measure of your blood glucose), Blood pressure and Cholesterol.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit Smoking
  • Take your medicines as prescribed
  • Regular eye examination

Is diabetic retinopathy curable ?

Early treatment can definitely slow the progress of your disease and even prevent blindness by 90%, but is not likely to reverse the loss of vision that has already occurred.


I do not have any symptoms. do i still need an eye check ?

It is very common for you to have diabetic retinopathy and no symptoms in the initial stages. That is why regular eye examination is very important. Adult onset (type 2) diabetics should be evaluated at the time of diagnosis and every year thereafter while juvenile (type 1) diabetics should be examined 5 years after diagnosis and every year after that.

ARMD

My father suffers from ARMD. Does it mean I will get it too ?

It does not mean that you will get ARMD for sure, but it definitely signifies that you have a greater risk. There is another type of macular degeneration which is seen in families called juvenile macular degeneration wherein more than one young member of the family can be affected. Regular eye check-ups can help detect this at an early stage.


How can I prevent ARMD ?
  • Undergo routine eye exams
  • Control other diseases like blood pressure
  • Choose a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking

Is ARMD curable ?

No, it is not curable. Vision once lost cannot be regained. However, with treatment, you can slow or even stop the progress of the wet type. That is why early diagnosis is better


MY doctor told me I have dry ARMD. Is it better of the two ?

Yes, dry ARMD usually affects vision less severely than wet ARMD. The progress of vision loss is also lower than the wet type. However, dry type can lead to wet ARMD


Does diet have any role to play in ARMD ?

Studies have shown that diets rich in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and fish oil can decrease your risk of ARMD. Also, foods rich in antioxidants like lutein , Vitamin C and Vitamin E can help prevent ARMD. Also ensure that your diet consists of more foods having a low glycemic index (More of lentils, soybeans and yoghurt which increase your blood sugar gradually) rather than potatoes and white bread.

Retinal Detachment

If my retinal detachment occurred after an eye surgery, does it mean that the surgeon made a mistake ?

No, retinal tears can occur even after an eye surgery has been performed at the highest levels of excellence without any complications. This complication may be related to the normal alterations that occur in the jelly during or after an eye surgery.


I wear spectacles with numbers of -6.0 in both my eyes. Do I need to see a doctor even if my vision has been stable in the last 5 years and I have no problems ?

Yes, if you have glasses more than 6 Diopters, (called a high myope) it puts you at a greater risk than others to develop a retinal detachment. You need to undergo a dilated retinal examination to look for any early signs at least once a year.


I was operated recently for a retinal detachment in my left eye. Do I have a chance of developing it in my right eye too ?

Yes, unfortunately, the chances of retinal detachment are increased in the other eye after one eye suffers it due to a condition like lattice degeneration. You can help prevent it by regular eye examinations and taking care of any predisposing conditions in your normal eye. If however, one eye suffers retinal detachment after an injury, then the chances are not raised in your other eye


In a scleral buckle surgery, does the buckle need to be removed ?

Once a scleral buckle is stitched into the wall of your eye, it stays there forever. It cannot be seen by others and causes no serious problems. However, in rare instances, it may have to be loosened if it causes pain or removed if it causes infection