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My Eyes Are Becoming Sensitive to Light, Should I Be Concerned?

My Eyes Are Becoming Sensitive to Light

Let’s start off by answering our title question right away: yes. Any change, be it sudden or gradual, in your vision is cause for concern. However, there are different degrees to the concern of your eyes becoming more sensitive to light.

If you find that your eyes are sensitive to light, should you tear through the emergency room and yell at the staff until a doctor sees you? Probably not. Should you take note of your symptoms and discuss them with your eye doctor during your next appointment? Yes, definitely.

Your concern should really be about what is causing your sensitivity to light. Eyes are not made to be sensitive to light; quite the opposite actually. Our eyes absolutely require light to see. So, when they become sensitive to the very light they need, it is due to some other factor that may be affecting your eyesight.

Light Sensitivity Symptoms

A sensitivity to light simply means that you feel a discomfort in your eyes when exposed to bright lights. That light could be anything from fluorescent lights, the sun, incandescent light bulbs, and other strong sources of light, including the one from your computer or tablet screen.

Sensitivity to light can cause eye pain and eye strain, as well as severe headaches. This is especially common for those who work in an environment that requires long hours in front of a computer screen.

While light sensitivity is often associated with bright lights, in extreme cases all light will cause pain and headaches.

What Causes Your Eyes to Be Sensitive to Light?

Sensitivity to light can be the product of a variety of existing eye conditions. Very rarely does light sensitivity exist on its own. It is often a symptom of a greater vision problem, which is why it needs to be monitored carefully.

Here are some of the most common causes of light sensitivity:

Uveitis: Uveitis is a condition that affects the inner layers of the eye when they become inflamed, including the retina. When this happens, it can cause an extreme sensitivity to light because the inflammation causes all the affected layers to become more sensitive.

Glaucoma: Glaucoma is disease that affects the optic nerve. When the intraocular pressure in the eye is too great, it can distort vision and cause eye pain. It can also cause sensitivity to light and create halos around light sources.

Contact Lenses: Excessive wearing of contact lenses can cause your eyes to become more sensitive to lights. When you wear your contact lenses for too long, such as wearing them overnight, it can cause corneal ulcers which can lead to light sensitivity.

Eye Injuries: Eye injuries make the whole eye more sensitive. After sustaining an eye injury, you may experience eye pain, headaches and light sensitivity. The degree of light sensitivity will vary depending on the severity of the eye injury.

What to Do If Your Find Your Eyes Are More Sensitive to Light

If you find that you are suddenly more sensitive to light, specifically bright lights, take note of any symptoms. Some common symptoms may be migraines, headaches, eye pain and tired eyes.

If your sensitivity to light persists for more than two days, then it is time to make an appointment with your eye doctor. Sometimes a sensitivity to light can be caused by stress or lack of sleep in which case it often goes away with a good night’s rest.

You should also contact a medical professional if your light sensitivity becomes severe to the point where you need to wear sunglasses indoors to block out bright lights.

Home Treatments

If you don’t have a severe form of light sensitivity, there are ways for you to treat it at home. Or at best, methods to deal with the symptoms of light sensitivity until they go away on their own.

Most times your sensitivity to light will go away without any medical help. But, that doesn’t mean that the symptoms aren’t going to interfere with your everyday life.

The first thing you can do is avoid bright lights. I know, seems obvious. If you can afford the luxury of missing a day of work or if you work from home, take the day to let your eyes and your brain recover.

Stay away from bright lights for the day, which includes TV and computer screens. If you absolutely need to use a screen, make sure the brightness is turned to a low setting. If you’re using a computer, make sure you have a blue light filter installed. The rose-colored filter will be much easier on the eyes than the harsh blue light.

Taking a nap could also be all you need to be rid of your light sensitivity. A poor night’s sleep can lead to all of your senses being a little more sensitive. For example, after a night of too much drinking, many people wake up dreading loud noises and bright lights.

Sometimes all your body needs is some rest to get it back to normal. Try taking an hour long nap, if you can spare the time.

If you must leave the house, be sure to wear dark sunglasses. The more light you block out, the better your eyes will feel and the sooner you’ll be over this light sensitivity.

If you notice your eyes becoming more and more sensitive to light, remember not to panic, but if the symptoms last for more than two days consecutively, talk to your doctor.

This post originally appeared on Rebuild Your Vision

Vision Solutions for Your 40s and 50s

As you get into your 40s and 50s, you start entering an age where you need to take a little more care of yourself. Unfortunately, unless your name is Peter Pan, you can’t stay young forever! Getting older will begin to take its toll on your body in many ways. Your eyesight is just one body function that will start to deteriorate with age.

In this blog post, we’re going to focus on common problems with eyesight that occur in your 40s and 50s. We’ll focus on what you can do to protect the well-being of your eyesight and prevent ailments.

What to Expect

As you start to get into your 40s and 50s, you will notice a number of things that start to change with your eyes. First of all, people of this age will start to notice that they can’t focus as quickly or as accurately as they once could. Reading a menu at a restaurant or text messages on your phone becomes difficult. This condition is known as presbyopia and it is caused by the hardening of the eyes’ lenses. Presbyopia will result in difficulty to read or do work that requires accurate focus.

Moreover, you might also notice that you can’t focus as well at either long or short distances. This is known as either nearsightedness or farsightedness. When you can’t see distances clearly, driving becomes dangerous. It can become challenging to read road signs and see faces farther away.

As you start to enter your 50s, you will also have an increased risk of age-related eye diseases. This includes things like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. These problems can lead to severe eyesight issues if they are not taken care of immediately. In some cases, genetics play a role in getting these diseases. Often, your lifestyle and diet impact your chances of developing one.

When you get older, you’re more at risk of other health issues such as diabetes or hypertension. These can have some very negative effects on your vision and, in some rare cases, can cause blindness. Any disease that affects your cardiovascular system will affect your eyes. The eyes rely on tons of tiny blood vessels to transmit blood to and from the optic nerve. Simply having high or low blood pressure can impact your ability to see.

Therefore, it’s very important that you monitor your health regularly. Ensure that you’re not developing health issues such as those described above. Notice if your vision changes or becomes strained. Squinting is a sure sign that your vision is declining. Prevention is always better than a cure. So, it’s vitally important that you prevent any illnesses or diseases in the first instance.

Importance of Eye Tests

It’s important throughout your life to have regular checks on your eyesight. As you enter this part of your life, these checks become ever more important. Follow your eye doctor’s guidance. If they suggest more frequent checks, go more frequently. And, if you start to notice a decline in your ability to focus or see clearly, make sure you have an eye test right away.

How to Correct Vision Problems

If you are suffering from farsightedness, you can try eye vitamins. Vitamins for eye health specifically help increase the power of your focusing ability.

Again, nearsightedness can also be helped with eye vitamins.

Finally, there are also specific vitamins that will help you with presbyopia.

Learn about the various eye exercises that can improve your vision. Your eye muscles are like any other muscle in the body. If you don’t use them, you lose them. Doing quick and easy eye exercises can keep them in shape. Start by focusing on an object five feet away for 10 seconds. Then, an object 10 feet away. Continue focusing on objects farther and farther away. This will strengthen the eye muscles used to focus your lens on distant objects.

Eating a Healthy Diet

There is nothing that will completely stop the aging process and the degeneration of your vision. Some genetics are predisposed to have certain diseases and conditions. But, a healthy diet will help to slow the progression down. Healthy eating will not only help to keep you in good health, but it will help with your vision. The eyes depend on various nutrients to function optimally. These nutrients can be found in many different foods.

Protecting Your Eyes in Your 40s and 50s

As you can see, it’s important that you take good care of yourself and your eyesight as you age. As a rule, it’s always more important to prevent problems from occurring in the first instance. This mantra also applies to your eyesight.

Enjoy a healthy and balanced diet. Take eye vitamins on a regular basis. Practice eye exercises every day to strengthen your eye muscles. Don’t assume that corrective lenses and surgery are your only options. These natural solutions will allow you to enjoy clear vision for much longer.

This post originally appeared on Rebuild Your Vision.

eReader vs. Printed Book: Which Is Better for Your Eyesight?


eReader vs. Printed Book-DIGITAL EYE STRAIN

In today’s increasingly digital world, interactions with printed media are becoming less common every day. Between smart phones, handheld game systems, high definition televisions and computer monitors, more and more people are spending their time looking at screens, rather than pages.

What effect is this having on our eyesight?

It’s becoming common knowledge that these screens cause our eyes to work in different ways than print does. With the rise in recognized cases of Computer Vision Syndrome (or CVS, a condition that arises from frequently looking at a computer monitor without giving your eyes the requisite breaks), worrying about the effects that eReaders, such as the Kindle and Nook, have on your vision is certainly warranted.

Pixelated Problems

After reading about CVS, you may think that similar problems would arise from eReaders. After all, digital screens are all one and the same, right? That’s not necessarily the case.

Several different factors can cause Computer Vision Syndrome, as they combine to form a nasty set of issues. Partially, the way computer monitors display images plays a part in the cause.

Rather than showing one full image, pictures and text on a monitor are drawn in tiny little pieces called ‘pixels’. This causes the eye to focus a little bit harder while looking at images on a monitor. It can lead to eyestrain, headaches, and blurry vision if you don’t give your eyes a rest from time to time.

While CVS is a possible concern when reading on an iPad or other tablet, as they use pixels for their screens as well, it probably isn’t an issue for most eReaders.

Two of the most popular dedicated eReaders, Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Nobles’ Nook, use a different type of display, called eInk. This display type more closely mimics the look of printed paper and has shown a reduced tendency to cause eye problems, as compared to other digital screens.

However, eInk does have a low contrast ratio. During the daytime with bright natural light, low contrast isn’t an issue. But, reading at night can be difficult on an eReader with low contrast. Without adequate lighting, eInk can sometimes cause eye strain and other CVS-like symptoms.

There has also been research showing that newer LCD screens, with their faster refresh times and higher resolutions, cause much fewer problems with eyesight than older screens. It’s likely that, as technology continues to advance and screens become better, CVS will cease to be a problem entirely.

Traditional Reading

Reading a printed page has its own set of issues. Reading is a much more intricate activity than simply looking at an object. Experts have said that when reading, the muscles in your eyes move around 10,000 times an hour. So even when picking a book up from the shelf, eyestrain is a risk.

Avid readers should try and take a break every ten minutes to prevent any problems from arising.

Light sources are another concern. Digital media can come with backlighting, allowing for higher contrast even in the darkest of environments. Regular, printed books don’t have that option, so you’ll have to take into consideration the places you plan to read.

The Verdict

So, if eyestrain is a risk with digital media as well as plain old printed books, which is the right choice? There have been multiple studies performed in the last decade that support both arguments. Depending on your own particular situation, you might benefit more from one or the other reading medium.

Experts say that while it largely comes down to personal choice, those with poor eyesight probably benefit more from the digital version.

One study had 100 different participants reading passages on three different mediums: the traditional printed form, on a Kindle, and on an iPad. Their words-per-minute for each were calculated, and then compared.

The results were startlingly clear.

People with poor eyesight could read better on a backlit screen. Even the Kindle used for the study, an older version that didn’t have the newer lighted screen, showed an increase in reading speed for those with worse vision.

The researchers believe that the digital mediums’ increased background contrast was the root cause of the improvement. However, individuals with good eyesight preferred the traditional printed book. Whether you read traditional books or eReaders, it’s important to focus on taking breaks and using moderation.

So, the answer to the eReader versus printed book debate seems to be: whatever works best for you.

Take into account the lighting conditions where you’ll be reading most of the time, your own particular level of vision, and your budget (since eReaders and tablets can be pricey), and get reading. And, regardless of the medium, make sure you rest your eyes often.

This post originally appeared on Rebuild Your Vision

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Retinopathy Centre in Pune

In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients (T2DM), high blood sugars damage blood vessels in the retina which is the part of the eye that supplies optical signals to the brain to sense the visible world.

When it happens, the retina can’t perform with full efficiency which means the loss of vision. Two types of diabetic retinopathy are there; non-proliferative and proliferative.

When a patient comes to DPEHRETINOPATHY CENTRE IN PUNE for diagnosis and treatment, the doctors perform tests to identify the type of the problem.

Proliferative Retinopathy

Here, the injured blood vessels don’t work well. Though new vessels form but they do not work properly and also prone to leaking.

Growth of the new vessels may cause retina detachment which results in vision loss. The newly formed vessels become the cause for Glaucoma in some patients.

Non-proliferative Retinopathy

Non-proliferative Retinopathy or NDPR is the early stage of the problem where the symptoms are either do not exist or very mild.

The retina becomes weak and tiny bulges occur in the blood vessels. They are called microaneurysms. When the fluid leaks into the retina, it causes a swelling of the macula.

Blurry vision, the inability to distinguish colors, and the loss of vision are the common symptoms. However, they don’t occur prominently. Hence, it is advisable that the patients meet ophthalmologists regularly so that problem can be resolved in the beginning.

 

Type 2 Diabetes increases the risk of retinopathy

The longer one has Diabetes, the higher is the risk of retinopathy. However, not every person having Type 2 Diabetes develops retinopathy.

If blood sugar levels are kept under control, then there is very slow progression of retinopathy. Even it doesn’t occur at all.

Reducing smoking (or quitting altogether) also helps lowering the risk. If the person is having high blood pressure also, then it must be kept in the healthy range.

Diagnosis

At DPEH, the RETINOPATHY CENTRE IN PUNE  Diabetic Retinopathy is done by a comprehensive examination of the eyes. The retina and macula are evaluated by:

  • Patient history is studied to determine the difficulty in vision, presence of diabetes and other health conditions.
  • Visual acuity measurements give information about the damage happened to central vision
  • Refraction test to check the eyeglass prescription
  • Evaluation of the retina by dilating pupils to check ocular structures
  • Measurement of the pressure in the eyes

Supplementary teste such as Tomography or Retinal Photography give the current status of the Retina. The abnormal blood vessel growth can be measured by Fluorescein Angiography.

Treatment

Diabetic Retinopathy is treated at DPEHRETINOPATHY CENTRE IN PUNE by several ways.

Photocoagulation

Laser beam is used for stopping the leakage of fluid and blood into the retina. The beam creates small burns on the surface of the retina and seal the leaks.

In the advanced stage, a pattern of scattered laser burns is created all over the retina. Thus, the abnormal vessels shrink and disappear.

Though it causes a partial vision loss, the central vision is safeguarded by it.

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Glaucoma treatment in Pune

Glaucoma is called the sight-stealing disease, and the name rightly defines its severity. Millions of people lose their vision every year around the world.

Since there are no prominent symptoms of it, the regular checkup is the only way to detect the ailment.

Experts say that this ‘sneak thief of sight’ can be caught red-handed and arrested if it is diagnosed timely.

However, most of the people have already lost almost half of the vision without even noticing by the time they are diagnosed and treated.

With the increasing population of older adults in India, there is a risk of having a rampant of blindness impending if Glaucoma is not controlled.

According to eye-specialists, it is possible to control the disease if people know about it in detail.

The information about the causes, symptoms and diagnostic tests must be spread amongst the society. The more people know about it, the lesser is the impact.

What is Glaucoma?

It is a group of vision ailments that steal the sight without any warning signs. Though it is considered a disease of older adults, Glaucoma may hit at any age.

The loss of vision happens due to the damage in the optic nerve that is like an electric cable with more than a million wires. Through this intricate network, the image is carried to the brain.

Once damaged, the nerves can’t be repaired. Therefore, the loss is permanent. There is no cure for it, medication or surgery can reduce the speed of the damage.

Types of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is classified into two types; POAG or Primary open-angle Glaucoma and ACG or Angle-closure glaucoma.

There is an increase of intraocular pressure or IOP or pressure inside the eye. Due to Intraocular pressure, the optic nerve gets damaged.

In some cases, the nerve gets damaged despite normal Intraocular pressure. It is known as Normal Tension Glaucoma.

Secondary Glaucoma is a case where some other ailment causes an increase in eye pressure, e.g., Hypertension or Diabetes. It results in vision loss due to the damage caused to the optic nerve.

When a patient is diagnosed for Glaucoma, doctors try to restore the normal eye pressure as fast as possible.

It stops the optic nerve from getting damaged further. Thus, the loss of vision ends. However, the damage that has already happened can’t be restored.

What is essential to prevent Glaucoma?

Regular checkup after the age of 40 can reduce the risk of Glaucoma up to a large extent.

People who have high blood pressure, or a family history of Glaucoma are under a high risk. They must get the checkup done every year.

It helps in finding out the problem in the early stage. Vision loss can be avoided by acting early.

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Are you looking for an Eye Specialist in Pune for Cataract Surgery?

When you want to undergo cataract surgery, it is imperative to choose the best EYE SPECIALIST IN PUNE. He should have sufficient experience in performing cataract and other operations.

Finding a good surgeon is difficult but not impossible. You have to spend some time in searching for and researching about the specialties and expertise of them.

There are two aspects of the cataract surgery; removal of cataract, and implant of intraocular lenses.

To make your life specs free, it is not only required that the doctor follows the standard procedure, but he should use the right type of lens as well.

Do not go to an eye specialist just like that. You must have some reference for any of your friends, relatives, neighbors, or colleagues who have undergone a similar operation from the surgeon.

 

Ask the following questions when you want the best EYE SPECIALIST IN PUNE.

  • How is the supporting staff in the hospital? Are the people courteous? Are they always ready to help?
  • How is the infrastructure? The machines should be state-of-the-art, and the technicians who operate the devices should be proficient. Any eye surgery, including Cataract removal, is delicate.
  • Does the eye specialist explain the procedure fully? Does he talk about the positive aspects and the possible complications frankly and honestly? It is critical because you should know everything about the surgery.
  • Not only the surgical procedure chosen for you, but the surgeon should tell you about the alternatives as well. The premium IOL should also be explained to you.
  • You must have a clear idea about the success rate of the eye specialist. How many operations has he performed so far and how many are successful?

Once you get through the answers, filter down the options. Don’t forget to consider the opinion of your optician or general EYE SPECIALIST IN PUNE who diagnosed cataract initially.

It is not necessary to finalize the surgeon when you visit the first time. You should be entirely convinced.

You must know about the Intraocular Lenses also

Are you going to opt for premium Intraocular lenses that correct the presbyopia to eliminate the need of wearing reading glasses after surgery?

If yes, then you need to gather relevant information about it so that to get the comfort level. The eye specialist sets the expectation realistically and guarantees the perfect vision.

Though the majority of the tasks can be performed without glasses, it may need to wear glasses to perform specific tasks. The doctor explains it to the patient before operating.

If any extra enhancement procedures or steps are needed, then the doctor explains the same to his patients. It establishes transparency in the dealing.

Cataract surgery is not a complex one. Nowadays, it has become further easy and risk-free because of high-end machines and tools.

Doctors remove the cataract and implant the perfect IOL to restore normal vision. With a little precaution, the person lives a happy and healthy life forever.

 

 

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What are the advantages of Lasik Laser Eye treatment?

LASIK is a laser eye surgery that offers a plethora of benefits to those who choose it. There are several strong reasons one should consider this effective and easy procedure to get rid of glasses.

It doesn’t matter whether you have been wearing glasses from decades or you have been prescribed recently. Laser in-situ Keratomileusis or LASIK can correct refractive vision problems and make day-to-day life easy.

Thousands of people choose LASIK LASER every year to correct astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightedness.

What is LASIK surgery?

When the surgeon performs LASIK surgery, an incision is made across the cornea of the eye. He reshapes the cornea by raising a flap of tissues. Thus, the vision gets corrected.

Even though the surgeon makes an incision across the cornea, statistics prove that it is one of the safest procedures. Only five percent or fewer people have minor problems that are curable and do not cause vision loss.

The procedure is painless, and vision improvement happens immediately after surgery. Among those who undergo surgery, 95 percent of people achieve 20/40 or better vision improvement while 85 percent of people achieve 20/20 vision. However, individual result may vary depending on the circumstances.

Patients can resume normal life within one or two days after having LASIK LASER surgery, and there are no stitches or bandages required.

It may take a few weeks to adjust the vision and to have the results permanent. The change in the prescription happens over time. A follow-up procedure may become necessary if the initial correction doesn’t give satisfactory results.

Advantages of LASIK LASER

Incredible improvement in the vision and savings on contact lenses or eyeglasses make it a preferred procedure. Here are some major benefits of choosing LASIK:

Improved Vision

As mentioned earlier, the percentage of success is quite high in LASIK surgery. Most people achieve 20/20 vision. The improvement in vision is regardless of the acuity of the problem.

Long-term benefits

The results are permanent once it happens. The corrective procedure is needed only after a few years when the eyesight changes due to aging.

Immediate result and fast recovery

Vision correction is almost instant when the surgery is performed. There are some restrictions initially, but life comes to normal within one or two days.

There are no bandages, stitches or aftercare procedures. It is an entirely painless and non-evasive surgery.

It makes life easy

There is no need of using glasses or contacts anymore. The person can enjoy everything without any hassles. The advancements make LASIK further improved.

Not only it corrects the vision but boosts the confidence of the person. There is no need to worry about the contacts or glasses while taking a dip in the ocean or enjoying in the swimming pool on a sunny afternoon.

Meet the best LASIK specialist today at DPEH and take his opinion about the possibility of getting the surgery done. Get ready to live a new life with a perfect vision.

 

 

Vision therapy at Dr. Parbatani’s Eye Hospital Pune

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Advancement in the treatment of vision-related problems brings versatile and practical solutions to patients.

A long list of invasive and non-invasive procedures is being offered at advanced eye clinics like DPEH Pune.

Vision therapy is a procedure that can treat a variety of common visual problems like myopia, crossed eyes, lazy eye, hypermetropia and so on.

It has been found immensely useful in correcting learning and reading disabilities as well. Using this customized non-surgical method, doctors can bring a tremendous improvement in visual skills.

The beauty of this treatment method is that the visual system of the patient is actually ‘trained’ to correct itself.

Why is it an effective Therapy?

When the doctors or opticians check the eyes, they do not test the focusing ability and visual perception skills of a kid.

Therefore, the problems get undiagnosed during the routine vision test, and the problem aggravates further.

Vision therapy overcomes the limitation of conventional eye screening because:

  • It is a progressive therapy that includes customized procedures and exercises.
  • It is performed under the observation of experts.
  • The treatment program is tailormade to the personalized needs of the patient.
  • It constantly monitors the improvement during the sessions that happen weekly or twice a week.
  • Clinical consultation is supplemented with procedures that are supposed to be performed at home.

Since all procedures help patients in developing and improving the basic visual skills, they can feel the progress within a few weeks. A significant improvement in the ease and efficiency of vision can be seen.

How to determine that one needs Vision Therapy?

If the following symptoms are seen amongst the kids, then it indicates that there is some problem which needs to be corrected.

Remember, these symptoms indicate problems that always remain undetected in the routine eye screening. Hence, parents need to be watchful for it.

  • Kids begin reading a book quite enthusiastically but give up after some time as they feel difficulty in doing it.
  • The attention span reduces to quite short.
  • Feel frustrated while reading and writing.
  • Redness in the eyes, burning sensation, and itching.
  • They hold the reading material quite close.
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Confusion in reading alphabets

As far as adults are concerned, a few symptoms indicate visual deficiency. Hence, they need to be reported to an eye-specialist.  For example, tiring while reading and avoiding the tasks that require focusing the eyes at a near distance are alarming.

Covering one eye while reading or complaining about soreness after doing something that strains the eyes are also common complaints.

Sometimes, the adults complain about the print running together or the words feel like jumping.

You must meet some expert who can check and detect the fundamental cause.

Vision therapy can be beneficial because it works on the concept of training the vision to correct itself. Hence, it gives incredible results when the patient cooperates with the doctors and follows the instructions thoroughly.

DPEH in Pune is an advanced hospital and eye care center where patients get the best treatment for vision-related problems.

CGHS Empanelled Ophthalmologist in Pune

Employees covered under CGHS or Central Government Health Scheme can avail the facilities at private hospitals who have empanelled under the scheme.

This amendment has been made effective last year.

Earlier, people had to be referred to a bigger government hospital if the required facilities didn’t exist in the dispensary.

If you are covered under the scheme and are having problems related to eyes, DPEH Pune is the best option. There you get not only  diagnosis and consultancy from an expert CGHS Empanelled Ophthalmologist, but also some top notch eye-care services not available elsewhere.

The hospital has emerged in the past few years as one of the best centers to get treatment for vision-related disorders.

As the government makes things further simple, the process of enrolling will become more accessible than today.

The paperwork will reduce, and the information from the dispensary where a patient enrolls will be sent to the affiliated private hospitals directly.

Thus, patients need not run from pillar to post for completing formalities.

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CGHS beneficiaries will be able to choose the best treatment

Government hospitals linked to the CGHS scheme sometimes have work efficiency and discipline issues in addition to inadequate infrastructure.

With the decision of allowing people to go to private hospitals, the government has taken a good initiative.

At DPEH, Pune the patient is examined and treated by an expert CGHS Empanelled Ophthalmologist 

Authorities say that there is no need for any referral letter or permission letter if the patient walks into an affiliated hospital.

The treatment can be provided on a cashless basis

As per orders, the treatment will be given on a cashless basis. Thus, people need not worry about expenses.

Other beneficiaries such as pensioners, ex-MPs, freedom fighters, and other regular employees, etc. will get whatever benefits they are getting today.

They need to present the prescription given by the government specialists (or CGHS Medical officer) in the original. It has to be submitted along with the hospital bill.

The simplified process will encourage people to check for affiliated hospitals and receive good quality treatment.

The level of diagnosis and treatment given by the CGHS Empanelled Ophthalmologist will help people in overcoming simple and complex issues related to the eyesight.

As the process streamlines further, there will be several new avenues of treating people better.

The initiative is a game-changer indeed.

What is Lazy Eye?

Known as Lazy Eye popularly, Amblyopia is an abnormal visual development that can be quite annoying. It causes poor vision in infancy and early childhood.

Lazy eye affects only one eye, and only the healthy eye is used for vision. Thus, it also develops other problems. When Amblyopia affects both eyes; there is a severe loss of vision.

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Why does it happen?

When the nerves that carry information from the eyes to the brain gets damaged due to any reason, the problem of Amblyopia occurs. The damage could happen due to many reasons.

When the brain gets a blurred image or the incorrect image, it gets confused. With time, the brain favors only healthy eye and ignores the signals received from the weaker eye.

What symptoms indicate the presence of Lazy Eye?

Typically, the problem is detected by the presence of

  • One eye wander in or out unintentionally
  • Both eyes do not work in coordination
  • Poor vision in one eye
  • Poor perception of depth

If any of the symptoms are observed, then it should be reported to a qualified eye specialist. DPEH Pune is an advanced and well-equipped eye hospital where the problem is investigated and diagnosed well.

Types of Lazy Eye

Amblyopia is classified into multiple categories:

  • Strabismic Amblyopia: It is also known as Cross Eye. It develops when one eye turns up, down, in or out against the healthy eye.
  • Refractive Amblyopia: When there is a large or unequal refractive error, the weaker eye develops Amblyopia.
  • Deprivation Amblyopia: It happens due to the presence of cataract or other vision problems.

Diagnosis 

When a patient is diagnosed for Lazy Eye, doctors understand the fundamental cause first. Based on that, they plan the line of treatment.

A complete eye examination is conducted to detect lazy eye. The difference in the vision between the wandering eye and the healthy eye is checked.

Sometimes, the ‘red reflex test’ is carried out using ophthalmoscope if doctors suspect the presence of cataract.

Specialized methods are used to diagnose Amblyopia among infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and older kids.

Additionally, doctors carry out a detailed examination of the eyes to check inflammation, tumor, etc.

Treatment

When a patient comes with the problem of Lazy Eye at DPEH Pune, doctors diagnose the case first.

The therapy options depend on the fundamental reason for the problem and the degree of lazy eye impairing the vision.

Conservative treatment options are the use of eye patch that covers the stronger eye so that the weaker eye gets stimulated. It can be used for three to six hours depending on the need. Thus, the part that controls the eye gets activated again, and the problem is resolved.

Sometimes, eye drops are prescribed to blur the vision of the healthy eye temporarily. It is an alternate for eye patches.

Corrective eyewear (contacts or specs) are prescribed if the Lazy Eye is caused due to refraction errors.

Surgery is also performed at DPEH Pune to repair the eye muscles. To correct cataract or droopy eyelids also doctors recommend surgery.