Two patients recover eyesight at University Hospital Sharjah after successful complicated surgeries

rare eye surgerySharjah, 19 December 2015 – University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) has helped to save the eyesight of two Emirati women who were blind for years. Emirati Amna G. M who was blind for almost three years said she was only able to hear her family but unable to see them since long time, and she was hesitant to do the surgery.

Amna is in her late eighties, is very grateful that she can see her family again. “I had ‘white water’ in my eyes. The doctor has removed it and Alhamdolilah (By The Grace of God), I am all right now.

Consultant Ophthalmologist at UHS, who has conducted the operation said; “Amna was suffering from severe deterioration in her vision since long time and also she has hypertension (high blood pressure). Her condition was complicated”, as she had extensive synechiae (adhesions) between the cornea and the iris from one side and also between the iris and the lens from the other side as a sequela to chronic intraocular inflammation and increase in her eye pressure.  Her cataract was so advanced in both eyes.

A cataract occurs when light does not pass into the eye because of a clouding of the lens. As a person ages, or secondary to systemic illness like diabetes,   changes occur in the body, making the lens less transparent. Over a period of time the cataract becomes denser and clouds most of the lens. When less light reaches the retina, the patient can only see light or dark, but no shapes or movements.

UHS was also able to help another elderly Emirati woman who had an advanced cataract and a chronic inflammation in one of her eyes.

Amna M. H, 64, was only able to see objects up to 50 centimeters (about 1.5 feet) away. “After months of seeking advice from doctors in various hospitals, I went to Thailand for an operation. The doctors there operated and removed the cataract from the right eye, but refused to work on the left eye as the cataract was in an advanced stage and the eye also had other corneal problems.”

Dr Qasem said such cases are common in the UAE, as elderly people seek medical attention late. “Some are hesitant to undergo surgery, while others are told that surgery will not help them,” he noted.

The Dr continued, it was important for those suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure to get their eyes checked regularly. “The disease is painless and the patient is usually unaware of deteriorating vision,” he added.

“One you are diagnosed as a diabetic, make sure to visit an ophthalmologist for evaluation.”

He also said that if a child is watching television from very close to the set, or has difficulty in reading and rubs his or her eyes when watching things at a distance, the parents must see a doctor for advice, as the child may have a refractive error in the eyes. The most common refraction error long-sightedness, where objects seen form far distance are clear while close objects are blurry.

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