Thank you for your interest in our patient care services. Our Ophthalmology clinic is comprised of practitioners in each subspecialty area. Whether you need a routine eye exam or a multidisciplinary approach to complex eye conditions, there is a team of specialists in our Department who will use the most advanced techniques to support your health care needs. Eye specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of cataracts; medical diseases of the eye such as glaucoma, dry eye, macular degeneration, diabetic eye diseases and others; and general eye exams.
Cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light or an image on the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
In a normal eye, light passes through the transparent lens to the retina. The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be blurred.
Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 50, the symptom of cataract disease begins to manifest in more than half of people. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.
The most common cause of cataract is aging (age-related cataract). As we age, some of the protein in the lens may clump together and start to cloud a small area of the lens, this is cataract. Over time, the cataract may grow larger and cloud more of the lens, making it harder to see.
Other causes include childhood infections, diabetes, trauma, uveitis (post inflammation of the eye), prolonged use of drugs like contraceptives pills, other steroids, amongst others.
The risk of cataract increases as you get older. Other risk factors for cataract include:
Glaucoma is the commonest cause of irreversible blindness which arise following the damage of the optic nerve (a nerve that connects the eye to the brain and responsible for vision). This damage usually occurs when the pressure in the eye is elevated or when the blood supply to the optic nerve is compromised even at normal eye pressure.
These tests may be repeated frequently as prescribed by your Ophthalmologist at least once in a year.
Uveitis (pronounced you-vee-EYE-tis) is the inflammatory process that involves the uvea or middle layers of the eye. The uvea includes the iris (the colored part of the eye), the choroid (the middle blood vessel layer) and the ciliary body—the part of the eye that joins both parts. Uveitis is the eye’s version of arthritis. The most common symptoms and signs are redness in the white part of the eye, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, floaters, and irregular pupil. Uveitis can present at any age, including during childhood.
Uveitis is easily confused with many eye inflammations, such as conjunctivitis (conjunctival inflammation) or pink eye; keratitis (corneal inflammation); episleritis or scleritis (blood vessel inflammation in the episclera or sclera respectively); or acute closed angle glaucoma. These eye conditions can be challenging to diagnose for primary care physicians and even for many eye doctors. If the symptoms are not relieved with standard eye treatments, uveitis should be considered and patients referred to an uveitis specialist.
We use high tech equipments to perform cataract surgical procedures such as: