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Ophthalmology Services for Pediatric and Adult Patients in American Hospital Dubai

The Ophthalmology Department of the American Hospital Dubai includes a team of surgeons, nurses, physicians and some of the most renowned eye doctors in the emirate of Dubai and the wider region. The medical staff administer diagnosis, treatment plans and surgeries in ophthalmology, a medical specialty that deals with the anatomy and physiology of the eyes.

General Ophthalmic Services

The hospital provides patients with a vast array of services that includes examination to determine whether or not the individual’s eyesight meets the norm for their age, or if they require optical assistance.
The patients are then provided with glasses or contact lenses when needed or offered other treatment plans to repair poor eyesight.

The examination can be either external or internal or both, and can additionally diagnose anomalies in the eyes that can lead to blindness or other health conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, raised blood pressure or diabetes.

Comprehensive Ophthalmology Services for Pediatric and Adult Patients

The Ophthalmology Department of the hospital aims to provide patients with the highest standard of service and care.
American Hospital Dubai’s eye specialists can identify and treat visual disorders in children as well as adults, as younger patients are as susceptible to eye diseases and visual conditions as adults are.

Younger patients are mostly prone to develop conditions like strabismus, amblyopia and refractive error, but they can also suffer from other eye-related disorders that affect their vision and require a specific kind of visual care to ensure the normal growth and development of the eyeball, orbit and retinas.

Vitreo-Retinal Surgery: Retinal Detachment – Complex Diabetic Retinopathy

Alluding to surgical operations that treat eye disorders that directly involve the retina, macula and/or vitreous fluid, Vitreo-Retinal Surgery is performed to mend irregularities such as retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and complications related to diabetic retinopathy.

Performed deep within the eye’s interior, the surgical methods used vary according to the diagnosis and the medical record, from laser technology to more conventional surgical tools.

Retinal Detachment

When the retina starts to pull away from blood vessels, it is cut off from oxygen and other nutrients. This condition is known as retinal detachment, and can lead to complete blindness when left untreated.

The appearance of black dots and specks across a person’s field of vision, cobweb floaters or houseflies, sudden bursts of light that last less than a second, or regular blurring and vision distortion can signal the occurrence of retinal detachment. Patients are highly recommended to visit their physicians if they experience any of the mentioned symptoms in order to receive treatment before blindness occurs.
When left untreated, the infected eye will deteriorate and eventually black out completely.

Diabetic Retinopathy

A complication that affects the eyes, diabetic retinopathy is caused by diabetes. The condition damages the blood vessels of the retina.

Retinal Disorders: Vascular Occlusions – Macular Degeneration

The eye is comprised of several smaller tissues and organs that serve different purposes. The retina, a layer of tissue located in the back of the eye, senses light and is responsible for the transfer of images into the brain. The macula is at the center of the retina, and provides sharper central vision that allows us to see finer details and perform actions like reading and driving.
Retinal disorders can affect vision and cause blindness if left untreated. They include Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Eye Disease, Retinal Detachment, Retinoblastoma which is a cancer of the retina, Macular Pucker which leads to tissue scarring on the retina, Macular Hole which is a small break in the macula, and Cobwebs.

Vascular Occlusions

Vascular occlusions occur when the retinal vein is restricted. The obstruction can be caused by a clot or a number of other reasons, and will cause blood and fluids to accumulate in the retina, preventing it from filtering light. This will lead to a loss of vision.

Macular Degeneration

By far the leading cause of vision loss, macular degeneration is suffered when the central portion of the retina deteriorates. This can cause a loss of sharpness and prevent us from being able to recognize faces, distinguish colors or even read.

Anterior and Posterior Segment Procedures: Management of Glaucoma

A disorder that causes the increase of pressure within the eyeball, glaucoma can result in a gradual loss of eye sight.

The condition can be treated with eye drops, pills, laser beam surgery, traditional surgery, or even a combination of several treatments. The therapy depends on the severity of the condition as well as the medical history and patient profile.

Because a loss of vision caused by glaucoma is completely irreversible, all treatment plans aim to prevent loss of eyesight. When detected early, the condition can be managed and treated to prevent blindness.

The Ophthalmology Department’s team encourage the regular examination of eyesight in order to detect any problems in the earliest of stages, and administer treatment plans and remedies as early as possible to increases any patient’s chances of a full recovery.

Cataract Extraction – Lens Implantation

A cataract is an ophthalmological condition that causes the eye’s lens to become cloudy, causing a blurring of the vision, a monotony and partial color blindness. The eyesight starts to feel hazy and the colors can fade.

In that case, a cataract extraction is performed in order to remove the cloudy lens. It is immediately followed by a lens implantation surgery to replace the extracted lens with an artificial lens known as an Intraocular Lens, or IOL. The IOL acts as a substitute for the eye’s missing lens, refracting light rays that hit the eye in order to help the patient see more clearly.

Provide Comprehensive Consultation with State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Tools and Treatment Equipment

American Hospital Dubai employs some of the city’s most successful eye surgeons and specialist. Our medical staff is happy to provide patients with consultations, general examinations, accurate diagnosis, eye care treatments and corrective surgeries. The team utilize the latest technology in order to persevere in the hospital’s quest to provide every patient with the highest level of care and their strongest chance of beating their disease and reaching full recovery.

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Dr. Nadim Habash


American Hospital Dubai

Dr. Thomas Metz

Pediatric Ophthalmologist

American Hospital Dubai


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