MBBS, FRCS - Ophthalmology (Edin)
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Vanita Pathak-Ray graduated in medicine from the University of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and completed her basic ophthalmology training in London, UK and higher training in Cardiff, UK. She has been elected fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland (FRCS) and of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, England (FRCOphth). In addition to her experience in the UK, she completed a prestigious clinical fellowship in glaucoma under the world-renowned glaucoma specialist Dr. Ike K Ahmed MD, at the University of Toronto, Canada.Her interests include innovation and advancement of glaucoma surgery particularly in angle closure glaucoma, management of refractory / secondary glaucomas, glaucoma drainage devices, management of combined cataract and glaucoma, rescue of failed filtration surgery and plateau iris syndrome. First Indian Glaucoma specialist to perform minimally invasive glaucoma surgery in angle closure disease (phaco-endocycloplasty) and to use Kahook Dual Blade to perform trabeculotomy in adults. She is passionately involved in disseminating knowledge in glaucoma to ophthalmologists (post-graduate trainees, fellows and general ophthalmologists) as well as optometrists and actively participates in the Glaucoma India Education programme (GIEP) held under the auspices of Glaucoma Society of India.
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Friendly doctor. Was patient to listen to our problem and address our issues. Gave satisfactory explanations and helped us understand the correct behavior we need to adopt towards the disease.
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