MBBS, MS - Ophthalmology, DNB - Ophthalmology
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Dr Ashok Rangarajan is an ophthalmic surgeon who is passionate about quality care, complete patient satisfaction, ethical and evidence based practice of ophthalmology. He is currently the Medical director of Centre for Eye and Health Care at Thoraipakkam (OMR), Chennai. He is also the Hon.Medical Director of Sankara Eye hospital, Chennai and a senior consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Apollo Day Surgery and Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.Following MBBS from the University of Calcutta, and MS in Ophthalmology from PT Ravishankar Shukla University at Raipur, Dr Ashok obtained the Diplomate of the National Board of Examinations (DNB) in Ophthalmology from New Delhi. He then did a fellowship, from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, in General ophthalmology covering Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Uvea, Neuro-ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Emergency Ophthalmic services with particular focus on anterior segment surgeries and completed the Fellowship in Ophthalmology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FRCS). He further did a short observership in retinal vascular conditions from Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, USA and in Glaucoma from Moorfields’ Eye Hospital, London.Dr Ashok Rangarajan worked as a Senior Consultant Ophthalmologist in one of the premier eye institutes of the country, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai for over a decade. He was also the consultant ophthalmologist at Belhoul Apollo Hospital in Dubai, and the Director of Eye Services of the Tulsi Chanrai Foundation in Nigeria. His main areas of expertise and vast experience are cataract and refractive surgery, glaucoma surgery and combined cataract and glaucoma surgeries. These surgeries involve the use of modern technology such as cold phacoemulsification, Micro Incision Phacoemulsification (MICS) and use of techniques and lenses to give spectacle free vision post surgery. LASIK, the procedure for correction of refractive errors is another area of interest and expertise for Dr Ashok. His training and years of experience in Sankara Nethralaya has helped him in precise diagnosis and treatment of retinal conditions, especially retinal vascular conditions like diabetic retinopathy. He has vast experience in complex and combined anterior segment surgeries and in the treatment of retinal conditions with Laser and injections. He has trained a number of ophthalmologists from across the country in the fine art of ophthalmic microsurgery.He has presented papers in various national and international conferences.
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I visited the clinic last week. I went to the reception and asked for an appointment. There was no one to check the temperature to the visitor. I was asked to by their mask. Only two people asked to buy masks; others were allowed to go with their own masks. The doctor and staff were fully protected with suite and gloves. But, they never cleaned with sanitizer the glove and they were touching the eye and so on. I was not happy with their process of handling during COVID. Staff can be a little more responsible. However, I am not complaining about consultation and the doctors' treatment.
****** ******* ******* He took hardly 10 secs to identify my eye infection and his advised eye drops helped to recover my eye infection with 4 days. He politely listerns to the problem of the patient and then gives the suggestion.
My name is Sheeba. I brought my mom who is diabetic patient for past 21 years. All of sudden her diabetic level has increased and finds some difficult in her vision. First time when we met Doctor he made my mom to relax. She was tensed a lot and scared for everything. Doctor encouraged her in his words by saying "its treatable and everything will be fine". These words has touched her and improved her confidence level. Even as her daughter I couldn't fix it. Doctor briefly explained the symptoms and effects and remedies. Doctor helped us in getting a Oct scan at Apollo and made the things very clear in what has to be done. The important thing is communication with my mom in Tamil was really helpful since if I explain her she won't even trust me. She finds its so comfortable. Thank you doctor for all your support and care for us. We were really pleased and happy with your cooperation.
The wait time to see the doctor even upon booking an appointment is delayed. Post that eye checkup and measures done by nursing staff and not doctor. Doctor only did the final check. It would have been good if doctor is present during the initial eye power measures and can confirms the numbers.
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