Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Akshaya Tritiya

May Lord bless you on this auspicious day of Akshaya Trithiya, and May it be a new beginning of greater prosperity, success and happiness. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan bestowed with Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award

Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan was bestowed with Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award for his immense contribution to the scientific programs of the APAO congresses at Busan, Korea.

His views was published in Eye World Magazine. Please find the link
Retina: Consider the macula in pre-op cataract patients
Views from Asia-Pacific: LI XiaorongS. NATARAJAN 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Raj Vardhan Azad

I am proud to inform you that Prof. Dr. Raj Vardhan Azad, Chief R.P Centre, AIIMS & Former President AIOS has been elected to the prestigious post of President Elect Asia Pacific Association of Ophthalmology - APAO against chinese counterpoint. This is a great achievement for an Indian & for the ophthalmologists of India as a whole. This is the 1st time an Indian has become President of APAO

Dr Azad will take over this prestigious post in 2013 in Hyderabad. I congratulate this great man & for the tremendous work he has done for Indian ophthalmology.

Salutations to a torch bearer!

I am also happy to inform you that Dr Azad is the Founder President of a society dedicated to trauma in the area - the Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society (APOTS) registered in Singapore.

- Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan

Monday, April 16, 2012

Now the sun's out, take extra care to keep eyes healthy

Eye is one of the finest gift God has given to the mankind. Beautiful eyes sparkle if you take care of your eyes with some attention and regular checkups. It begins with lifestyle issues like what you really eat. Green leafy vegetables, carrots, liver, cod liver oil, nuts and red or yellow fruits are essential. The food should be fresh and natural. There is no point in loading oneself with self prescribed supplementary doses of Vitamin-A. Protection of eyes and its maintenance should be given utmost importance.

The rays from the sun are divided into three categories: Ultra Violet C, Ultra Violet B and Ultra Violet A rays, all of which can have some affect on your eye health.

UVC rays are the most powerful UV rays and could be most harmful to your eyes. Fortunately the ozone layer blocks nearly all UVC rays. 

UVB rays are filtered partially by the ozone layer, but some reach us on the earth. Eyes can become sunburn due to UVB rays.
UVA have a lower energy than UVB and UVC. However UVA rays penetrate the cornea and reach the lens and retina inside the eye. It may lead to development of macular degeneration and cataracts. Sunglasses that block 99–100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays; a wide-brimmed hat; and for those who wear contact lenses, Wrap-around sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats add extra protection because they help block UV rays from entering the eyes from the sides and above.

Allergic disorders of the eye increase during summer. Increased temperature and the traffic pollution make a person (especially children) prone for eye allergies. 

There is lot of itching and redness of eyes along with burning sensation. Wash eyes with cold water twice a day; avoid rubbing of eyes and walking in dusty areas.

Infection in the eye in the form of conjunctivitis is also common in summer. This is characterized by redness of eyes, pricking sensation, discharge and watering in eyes. Immediate treatment from eye specialist is important as it will prevent the spread of infection to other person and worsening of the eye condition. 

Eyelid swelling, redness and pain occur when there is bacterial infection of the eyelids like stye. In such cases again proper eye hygiene along with hot compress, analgesic tablets and antibiotics (oral) will help under medical supervision.

Dry eye syndrome has become very common in summer due to increased temperature and rapid tear film evaporation. 

For any of the eye condition, it is important that the person consult a qualified eye specialist (ophthalmologist) in order to assess the situation and get proper treatment. Self medication should be avoided.

It is possible to prevent or minimize these harmful effects of summer by taking the following precaution:

1. Avoid going out in the sun, especially in peak hours, unless necessary

2. Wear appropriate goggles when going out, it is more useful to have goggles that cover the side of temples. This will limit exposure not only to heat and ultra violet rays,
but will also prevent dust from entering the eye and any foreign body damaging the eye

3. It is advisable to avoid contact with animal dung and going to dump areas, or areas with thick vegetation and trees, in order to limit exposure to possible allergens.

4. Care of personal hygiene is important. Regular washing of hands and face is recommended. However, frequent washing of eyes is not advisable, as it washes away antibodies present in tear. Rubbing of eyes with dirty hands can aggravate the problem, leading to infections, pus formation and boils over eyelids, known as sties.

5. Air conditioners help to filter air and to limit exposure to allergens. However, if one has irritation in eyes, then sitting directly in front of the air conditioner is not advisable.

6. It is important to limit the use of contact lenses in dusty environment. Proper cleaning and storage should be followed.

7. Use of makeup, especially eye makeup, should be avoided as far as possible, especially if already there is itching and irritation. It is important to remove all trace of make up before sleeping. Even if one uses make up, select appropriate brands and once opened, discard the particular cosmetic within six month. Remember not to share make up with others.

8. It is advisable to take lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, which can indirectly affect tear formation.

9. Lubricant eye drops can be used on a regular basis, after consultation with your eye specialist.

10. It is important to consult an eye specialist at the earliest, if there is redness, watering or itching of eye. If the infection or recurrent condition like vernal keratoconjunctivitis is not treated appropriately, they can cause further damage to the cornea.

Monday, April 2, 2012

alk on “Leadership Development Programme – Success & Leadership…. You Can Do it”.

On Sunday 01.04.2012, on invitation from Dr. Swati Zawar, President of Nashik Ophthalmogical Association, Nashik, Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan attended their C.M.E. programme and delivered a talk on “Leadership Development Programme – Success & Leadership…. You Can Do it”.

He was honoured by the Association and was presented with the memento. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Medical Tourism Patient's Feedback

I came to know about this institute in 2001. Basically I am single Eye patient. In 2001 Retinal weak point got developed in my Good Eye (Right Eye). I went to Local Ophthal in Kenya. He suggested and recommended this place. We flew to Mumbai and was seen by Prof Dr. S. Natarajan who confirmed the diagnosis and informed us that it required treatment asap. I underwent CRYO Surgery which was done by Dr. S. Natarajan. After the surgery my vision and my eye was stable till 2010.

In April 2010 I saw flashed in my right eye. So we travelled to Mumbai again to get it checked. There was retinal detachment which was rectified by laser treatment. Laser was done by Dr. Arindam Chakravarti. It was a complex procedure as my pupil was very small and getting laser at the right place was very difficult. The laser did not hold and then I went completely blind. 2 weeks later I underwent Major retinal surgery which was performed by Dr. S. Natarajan using gas. 4 weeks after the surgery I fully recovered and my vision got restored. A very satisfied and contended patient