Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats refractive, medical and surgical problems related to eye diseases and disorders.
As one of the premier hospitals in the nation, Fortis Hospital, Chennai sets the standard for innovation, quality and comprehensive care for all types of patients with eye problems. We offer patients the most advanced, comprehensive, and effective eye care that suits individual needs. Our advanced eye care services are designed to help patients with vision problems, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease, and a host of other ophthalmologic disorders.
We are proud to feature a team of more than 100 highly skilled eye care experts who have dedicated their lives to provide compassionate care and individualized treatment plans. It is a dedication that is extending well beyond our hospital doors too. Our teams of eye care experts include ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists and trained nurses. They have a broad range of diagnostic and treatment expertise in conditions ranging from patients with eye injury due to thermal burns, chemical burns, neurologic and systemic disorders that affect vision and eye movements, orbital tumor, cataract surgery, corneal transplantation and surgical treatment of diabetes-related ocular degeneration and macular degeneration.
At their disposal are some of the most advanced technologies, therapies and treatments prevent, detect, and treat every conceivable disorder of the eye. Our constant endeavour at the Department of Ophthalmology is to improve patients’ quality of life through vision preservation and restoration. A hallmark of Fortis is that we encourage the active involvement of our patients. We spend time discussing the benefits and risks associated with each procedure and treatment option and encourage our patients to become as knowledgeable as possible.
We strive to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery by bringing together the best of technology, medical expertise, and patient care. We lead the way, not only in our approach to healthcare but in research as well, finding new methods for treating patients to improve quality outcomes.
Conditions & Care Areas
At Fortis, we provide the full range of diagnostic testing and state-of-the-art treatment for disorders related to the eye. Our Department of Ophthalmology specializes in:
Our Diagnostic Services
A regular eye examination is vital to good vision and to achieving your full potential in everything you do. Many eye conditions can progress for years with no symptoms or indication that vision is being gradually endangered. We, at Fortis, offer a variety of tests to confirm a problem or to determine the extent or severity of the eye disorder. We facilitate comprehensive eye examination through multiple diagnostic tests that include routine eye exam for cataract, visual acuity testing, tonometry, slit lamp exam, eye culture, optical coherence tomography, corneal topography, dilated eye exam, fluorescein angiogram. Two of the important eye examination are described below.
Visual Acuity Testing
A visual acuity test assesses how well you can see at a standardized distance. Eye doctors have determined what “normal” vision is when reading at this distance and compare this with your vision.
To conduct the test, your doctor uses an eye chart positioned 20 feet away that displays rows of letters in increasingly smaller sizes. Your doctor asks you to read as many of the lines as you can without squinting, sometimes while covering one eye. If you can see all the letters clearly, you are considered to have 20/20 vision.
The doctor may also ask you to read a few lines from a pre-printed card or sheet of newspaper. This simple test gives the specialist information about how well you can see close up and helps to confirm a diagnosis of refractive error.
Routine Eye Exam for cataract
Our ophthalmologists can diagnose a cataract during a routine eye exam. First, your doctor may ask you about your symptoms and any recent changes in your vision.
To detect a cataract, your ophthalmologist puts eye drops into your eye to dilate, or widen, the pupil. This allows your doctor to clearly view the lens of the eye and the retina.
If a cataract is found, your doctor considers its size, your age, and your overall health in determining if treating the cataract with surgery might be the right option for you.
Treatment & Procedures
Here are some of the procedures that we perform in a healing, supportive environment:
• Cataract extraction
• Glaucoma corrective surgery
• Retinal surgery
• Corneal surgery
• Oculoplastic surgery
• Cosmetic plastic surgery
• Laser procedures
• Refractive surgery
• Refractive lens implants
• LASIK, or PRK surgery
Your Care Team
Our Department of Ophthalmology brings together a team of leading eye care experts who collaborate on creating a personalized treatment plan for each patient. They include respiratory care experts also include ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists, trained nurses and others who come with a compassion and skill to care for patients with all types of eye disorders.
The ‘Mecca of Medicine’, Fortis Hospital has enriched the lives of many Chennaites, and has earned a reputation of delivering world-class healthcare services at their modern facilities.