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Dr. Varsha Tamrakar

Dr. Varsha Tamrakar

MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, DNB - Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologist/ Eye Surgeon

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14 Years Experience Overall  (14 years as specialist)

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She completed her medical degree at Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal and post-graduation from Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Bhopal in 2006. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismology at Arvind Eye Hospital in 2008 During her post-graduation, she won the award for the best thesis of the yearShe has worked at Arvind Eye Care and Vasan Eye Care prior to joining Narayana Nethralaya as a ConsultantShe specializes in Paediatric Eye Diseases, especially medical and surgical management of congenital and developmental Cataract, Squint, Amblyopia etc.She has various international publications in her name and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences. She has also been actively involved in training postgraduates and fellows

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Common questions & answers

Q: Who is an Ophthalmologist?

A: An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor specialised in vision and eye care. Unlike other specialisations in eye care, ophthalmologists attend to almost all kinds of eye disorders and related issues. Since they are doctors, they can refer patients to other specialists even if the disease is not eye related.

Q: Is an Ophthalmologist different from an Optometrist?

A: Yes. Both of them are very much different. Although ophthalmologists and optometrists both provide vision and eye care, an optometrist attends to common eye disorders and certain chronic diseases like glaucoma, while an ophthalmologist, along with the common disorders, can take up more complex eye disorders that even require surgery.

Q: Can an Ophthalmologist perform surgery?

A: Yes, ophthalmologists can perform surgery as they tend to have years of training and experience. Many ophthalmologists obtain subspecialty training in areas like eyelid surgery, retinal surgery or pediatric surgery. Others perform surgery based on requirements of the local hospitals or surgical centres.

Q: How can an Ophthalmologist help for Cataract?

A: Ophthalmologists initially perform eye exams like slit-lamp exam, retinal exam, and visual acuity test. Once cataract is diagnosed, there are certain steps that the patient should follow. Cataract can be removed only with surgery. During surgery, the eye’s natural cloudy lens is replaced by an artificial lens by the surgeon, thus resolving the issue.

Q: Should one visit an Ophthalmologist for contact lenses?

A: An ophthalmologist can indeed prescribe contact lenses. Even optometrists can prescribe contact lenses and hence it is not necessary that one should visit an ophthalmologist only. Both of them can perform eye exams for the same and the patient can visit either of them

Education

MBBS - Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, 2002
MS - Ophthalmology - Regional Institute of Opthalmology, bhopal, 2006
DNB - Ophthalmology - DNB board, New Delhi, 2007

Memberships

Karnataka Medical Council

Registrations

97828 Karnataka Medical Council, 2013

Trainings and Certifications

Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology - Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, 2008
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