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American Hospital Dubai
American Hospital Clinics – Al Barsha
The Ophthalmology department at American Hospital Dubai includes a team of highly experienced physicians, surgeons and nurses. The department provides general ophthalmology and many other ophthalmic subspecialties.
Our medical staff provide patients with consultations, general examinations, accurate diagnosis, eye care treatment and corrective surgery. The team utilizes 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 getting their greatest visual potential.
The hospital provides patients with a vast array of general ophthalmic services that include examinations to determine whether or not the individual’s eyesight meets the norm for their age, or if they require optical assistance.
The examinations can additionally diagnose anomalies in the eyes and other systemic diseases that can lead to reduced vision such as cataract, glaucoma, raised blood pressure or diabetes.
We offers specialized medical and surgical eye care for children of all ages. Services range from routine checkups to complicated surgeries. Specialty care is also available for adults with strabismus, also known as eye misalignment, and double vision.
Common pediatric eye conditions treated at American Hospital Dubai include strabismus, nystagmus, amblyopia, blocked tear ducts, congenital eye abnormalities, infections, visual development disorders, poor vision in infancy, Down syndrome, eyelid abnormalities and refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Treatment is also available for children with ocular involvement of diabetes and juvenile arthritis.
Strabismus in adults can be a continuation from childhood or a new condition. Many adults consider the misalignment of their eyes to be a source of distraction in conversation and have to close one eye to avoid double vision. Common causes include trauma, thyroid eye disease, neurologic conditions and aging. Specific conditions include esotropia, exotropia, hypertropia, cranial nerve palsies and restricted eye movements.
The examination of a child’s eyes begins by providing a friendly and conversational atmosphere to put the child at ease and minimize their anxiety. A nurse will collect information about the reason for the visit and complete initial age-appropriate vision testing of the child. The doctor will meet with the family and evaluate the child’s vision, eye structures and alignment. Toys and videos are often used to draw attention and facilitate the examination. Dilating eye drops may be needed to complete some parts of the evaluation.
Specific treatments are individualized for each child and family to provide the best possible outcomes and may include glasses, eye patching, prescription medications and surgery.
A first time visit will typically take between one and two hours. This includes time for registration, examination, pupil dilation, explanations of the exam, questions and answers and check-out.
As for adults, an examination is completed to assess the specific eye misalignment and/or cause of double vision. Treatment may include eye muscle surgery to restore the balance of forces which align the eyes, updated glasses and/or eyeglass prisms. Eye misalignment and double vision can be improved in most cases.
We provide a comprehensive 24 hour medical and surgical retinal service. This includes treatment of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachments, globe trauma, complex cataracts requiring advanced techniques and surgery following complicated cataract surgery.
Other medical retinal problems such as retinal vascular disease, hereditary ocular diseases and posterior uveitis are treated. An array of state of the art lasers to treat medical retina diseases are available as well as the provision of intra-vitreal injections of anti-VEGF agents.
Surgical retinal treatments for retinal detachment, macula holes, epiretinal membranes, vitreo-macula traction, vitreous haemorrhage and advanced diabetic eye disease are provided.
A cataract is an ophthalmological condition that is caused by a clouding of the natural lens of the eye. This causes blurring of the vision, and reduced perception of color. Once the vision becomes worse and it interferes with day to day activities, a cataract extraction is performed in order to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with an artificial lens known as an Intraocular Lens (IOL). The IOL acts as a substitute for the eye’s missing lens. Large numbers of different types of IOL’s are available. Some IOL’s are “monofocal” and others have the ability to correct astigmatism (an irregular change in the shape of the cornea) or work as multifocal lenses allowing improved distance and reading vision. Different people require different types of IOLs and the choice of lenses is discussed in detail at the time of examination.
Glaucoma is a disorder of the intraocular pressure and the blood supply to the optic nerve of the eye that can result in a gradual loss of vision usually starting with a loss of peripheral vision.
The condition can be treated with eye drops, pills, laser 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 team encourages regular examination of eyesight in order to detect any problems at an early stage, and administer treatment plans and remedies as early as possible to increases any patient’s chances of a full recovery.