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Dr. Savita Bhatt M.B.B.S.,MS(CMC, Vellore), DO, DNB,MNAMS, FMedical Retina(GEI Kochi)

Ophthalmology Unit and Day Care Procedures

Eye is a vulnerable organ in diabetics. For diabetes patients, regular visits to the Ophthalmologist for eye exams are very important, to avoid eye problems. High blood sugar increases the risk of eye problems. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults in the age group of 20 to 74.

Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataract, Glaucoma, Refractive Changes, Ocular Nerve Damage etc. are the common eye problems associated with Diabetes.

Diabetics are 30 times more likely to be blind than non-diabetics of similar age.

Retinopathy is the commonest complication of diabetes and up to 10% of diabetics at any one time will have sight-threatening retinopathy requiring specialist ophthalmological management.

The Department of Ophthalmology at Chellaram Diabetes Institute has state-of-the-art eye care centre that houses facilities, equipment and expertise related to eye care all under one roof which enables detailed evaluation of eyes and diagnosis of all eye diseases and complications of Diabetes. The Department is well equipped with basic as well as advanced and latest equipment and a well equipped Operation Theatre catering exclusively to surgeries related to eye.

Day care procedure in the ophthalmology unit

  • Cataract SICS. Imported
  • Phaco multifocal(Amo)
  • Phaco multifocal Rayner
  • Phaco foldable Rayner(aspheric)
  • Photo dynamic therapy(P.D.T.)
  • ND-Yag laser
  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Fundus photography
  • Contact lens work up(R.G.P)
  • Cataract+glaucoma
  • Phaco-foldable Imported
  • Macular laser

Dr. Anand Palimkar (Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon), an Optometrist and other support staff are available throughout the working hours and carry out in-depth study of cases suffering from Cataract, Glaucoma, Retinopathy and other complications of Diabetes. The department endeavors to become a Tertiary Care Centre for all Diabetes related Eye problems with special focus on prevention and control.

How vision gets affected in a cataract eye is shown in the illustration below:

Normal Vision

Normal Eye1Normal Eye

A healthy, clear lens allows a sharp image to fall on every part of the retina allowing a crisp, clear image to be seen.

with diabetes as well as numerous lifestyle diseases.

Cataract Eye

CataractCataract Eye

A cloudy lens scatters light, causing a hazy image to be seen.