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I was suffering horizontal double vision form 21st July 2016. It had happened suddenly when I came home from office that day. I was so scared and went to my family doctor regarding the same. He advised me to go Neurologist Specialist doctor for the treatment. I spoke to Neurologist doctor on call and he said that you will have to get admit for the treatment. Very next day I was admitted to the hospital and he started my treatment. I was admitted for three days but medicines prescribed by him did not improve my horizontal double vision. After being discharged, he prescribed me some more medicines to continue for the treatment. I had his medicines for 45 days but medicines did not improve my horizontal double vision at all. Finally I decided to change the doctor for the treatment.
I got a general eye check up done and my IOP (Inter Ocular Pressure) readings of the left eye were 21,23 and 24 whereas right eye readings were 17,18. The visiting doctor at the hospital (not Dr. Mayur) said that i had signs of Glaucoma and i should get a Perimetry test done. The following day i went to the hospital again to get the test done and consult the doctor. That day the visiting doctor happened to be Dr. Mayur Jaramarwala. He checked my iop and used another machine to test my eye. My iop readings were 20,20 for the left eye and 17 for the right eye. He suspected the border line reading could be because of my IT job requiring me to be in front of the screen 10-12 hours a day. He suggested i should make some lifestyle changes that would help reduce the eye strain and asked me to visit again in a months time. Really happy with the diagnosis. I will visit him again to get my eye checked. Really appreciate him not getting the perimetry test done when not required and i am happy i do not have Glaucoma. I hope this feedback helps fellow patients.
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
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