Ophthalmology Clinic

Routine Clinical Procedures

  • Visual Acuity – all patients attending Ophthalmology clinic will undergo visual acuity testing before consulting the Ophthalmologist. The test is used to determine the smallest letters that can read on a standardized chart (Snellen chart).
  • Pupil dilation prior to eye examination – as per physician’s orders, dilating drops will be instilled in patients’ eyes, after securing verbal consent and explaining the side effects of the drops. Allergy status will always be verified beforehand.
  • Retinal Photography – uses a fundus camera to record color images of the interior surface of the eye. Retinal screening is available every day; results are reviewed by the Ophthalmologist. Appointment with the specialist Ophthalmologist will be secured, according to the results.
  • OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) – is a non-invasive imaging test. OCT uses light waves to take cross-section pictures of the retina. With OCT, the ophthalmologist can see each of the retina’s distinctive layers.
  • Slit Lamp Examination – is a special microscope with light that lets the doctor examine the interior of the eyes. At this time, the intraocular pressure will be checked, if needed.
  • Visual Field Test – this test charts how wide an area can be seen, and how sensitive the vision is within this area. The visual field test assesses whether the vision is being affected by the function of the eye, nerves and brain, rather than how well the eyes focus.
  • LASER treatment – also known as retinal photocoagulation (PR). This can be for specific region of the retina (FRP) or for the full retinal (PRP). Due to uncontrolled blood sugar, new and abnormal blood vessels start to grow on the retinal. These new blood vessels are quite fragile and likely to bleed leading to loss of vision. This can be prevented by LASER treatment which shrinks the new blood vessels and makes them disappear

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