PRIME Hospitals and Medical Centers: A comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to eye care for all age groups

ByMartha R. Camara

May 19, 2022

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Highly trained ophthalmologists at PRIME hospitals and medical centers use state-of-the-art technology with experience and empathy to deliver the best results

When it comes to eye health, seeing is believing. If you can’t see clearly, there is a problem. Many conditions can impact eye health: blood pressure, diabetes, stress, genetic factors, age-related issues, injuries and diseases. The most common eye conditions in the UAE are glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, refractive errors, amblyopia or lazy eye, and allergic conjunctivitis.

Prime Healthcare Group, with its hospitals and medical centers, is a leading eye care hub. Our highly trained ophthalmologists use cutting-edge technology with experience and empathy to deliver the best results. With a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to eye care for all age groups, Prime Hospital offers the most advanced eye treatments, elective surgeries and emergency procedures for a range of conditions ranging from retinal diseases, cataracts, eye infections, dry eyes, corneal infections, refractive errors and lazy eyes with implantable contact lenses.

We also actively promote eye health by educating our patients.

Glaucoma: The eye doctors at Prime Hospital offer the best glaucoma treatments with medication, laser or surgery.

One of the most common eye conditions in the UAE, glaucoma, is caused by excessive pressure in the eyes due to uncontrolled diabetes, high BP and other conditions, leading to loss of peripheral vision and blindness if untreated.

Our minimally invasive glaucoma surgery produces excellent results, with minimal recovery time and a very satisfying outcome for patients.

We perform trabeculectomy and tube shunt surgeries to treat glaucoma. Trabeculectomy, an outpatient surgery, creates new channels to drain eye fluids at a lower pressure. Tube shunt surgery involves placing a flexible plastic tube attached to a silicone drainage bag in the eye to drain fluid.

Cataract: When proteins in the eye begin to clump together, the lens cannot send clear images to the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Cataracts can be related to age or eye damage.

Surgeons at Prime Hospital use ultrasound and laser-assisted technology to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens in a seamless and highly efficient procedure with zero stress on the patient.

Diabetic retinopathy is caused by uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions. The leading cause of irreversible blindness in the UAE, diabetic retinopathy initially has no symptoms. As it progresses, blood vessels in the eyes may swell or bleed, leading to floating spots, stringing, blurred vision, and possibly vision loss.

Prime Hospital’s ‘Fight Diabetic Vision’ initiative prevents vision loss. It reverses the condition in people with diabetes through early detection and intravitreal injections (in the back of the eyes near the retina) with drugs such as Lucentis, Ozurdex, Eylea and Beovu.

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PRIME Hospital Advanced Eye Treatments

At Prime Hospital, our state-of-the-art eye procedures include:

* Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL): No need to remove and insert external contact lenses daily. ICL is an implantable contact lens, a godsend for patients not eligible for LASIK. ICL offers superb visual quality, does not cause dry eyes and is a maintenance free long term solution.

* Blepharoplasty: Imagine your eyelids looking like oily pillows, with excess skin, muscle, or fat on the eyelids. It prevents you from enjoying clear vision and induces chronic headaches, droopy eyelids and dry eyes. This condition is known as Dermatochalasis.

Blepharoplasty is an excellent option for treating dermatochalasis by correcting eyelid deformities and disfigurement.

* Cross-linking of corneal collagen with riboflavin (C3R)

Keratoconus occurs when the front of the eye, known as the cornea, thins and weakens over time, causing it to take on a conical shape. If this condition worsens, it may require a corneal transplant.

But there is a better option: C3R. It is the only treatment known to stop progressive keratoconus without surgery.

Slow or stop the progression of keratoconus.

Make contact lenses more tolerable.

* Grande Pinguecula/Conjuntivochalasis (treatment of the growth on the thin membrane that covers the white of the eye known as the sclera).

n Ocular surface or anterior layers of the eye: excision of the pterygium (removal of abnormal tissue from the sclera and cornea) with autografts and sutures/fibrin glue.

*OSSN: Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia (malignant non-pigmented tumor of the cornea and conjunctiva).

* Conjunctiva tumors (the thin layer that covers the white of the eye); Cyst/lipoma (large fat); Dermoid (eye cysts), etc.

* Strabismus/strabismus: surgical alignment of the eyes.

* Retinal procedures: intravitreal injections [anti-VEGF, Steroids] for diabetic retinopathy, diabetic maculopathy (a disease that affects the back of the retina called the macula), vascular occlusions of the retina, AMD [Age-related Macular Degeneration].

* Lacrimal Sac (Lacrimal Glands) Procedures: Dacryocystectomy: Removal and repair of lacrimal glands in case of infections.

* Eye trauma: repair of corneal/scleral tears/ruptured globe (eye): repair of eyelid tears/avulsion.

* Traumatic cataract (opacity of the lens due to blunt or penetrating trauma to the eye).

* Special types of IOL (intraocular lens): multifocal (correction of near and far vision); Toric IOL[unusualrefractiveerrorshighastigmatism][erreursderéfractioninhabituellesastigmatismeélevé)[unusualrefractiveerrorshighastigmatism)

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DO YOU KNOW? Sleep apnea and eye problems are linked!

Sleep apnea is a condition when sleep is disturbed due to the inability to breathe through the nose. This can lead to various problems such as low blood oxygen levels and increased pressure inside the skull and behind the eyes, damaging delicate blood vessels, leading to glaucoma, stroke, swelling and dryness of the eyes. If left undiagnosed, it can impair vision.

Do you monitor your child’s eye health?

It’s not just adults; even children can suffer from eye problems.

Follow these tips from Prime Hospital to help them enjoy perfect vision.

* Feed them a balanced diet rich in vitamin A, fruits, fish and green leafy vegetables.

* Encourage them to be active to prevent weight gain and diabetes later in life.

* Make sure they are wearing high quality sunglasses with UV block.

* Discourage them from excessive interaction with the digital screen.

* Educate them to alert you to vision problems.

Are your eyes warning you?

Pay attention to these symptoms and seek help quickly:

* Blurred vision, eye pain.

* Loss of peripheral vision.

* Spots and lines in the eyes.

* Extreme sensitivity to light.

* Flashes of light in vision.

* Constant tearing of the eyes.

Glasses and sunglasses trends

Trendy frames, Cat’s Eye shapes, clear lenses, square shapes, metallic and acetate frames, oversized and chunky frames with geometric shapes and animal print frames are all back. But while the style is good, the primary job of eyeglasses and sunglasses is to help you see better and protect your eyes.

Keep these tips in mind as you up your style quotient:

* Sunglasses and eyewear should have 100% UVA and UVB absorbing protection, and the lenses should be anti-scratch, anti-glare, anti-blue light and anti-UV that cover your eyes.

* If you wear glasses, buy prescription sun visors with photochromatic properties (adapting to sun and shade) to protect yourself.

For appointments, please call us or WhatsApp on 04 292 9777