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FAQ

  1. Does eye donation mean total replacement of the eyeball?
    A. No, this is a common misconception. Only the diseased black of the eye (cornea) can be replaced if the recipient is fit to accept it.
  2. The cornea has totally turned white since long; can it be corrected by eye donation?
    A. If the retina and optic nerve head are healthy as per a sonography, there are good chances that it would be useful unless amblyopia has set in.
  3. I suffer from a systemic illness, can I donate my eyes? Patients with what diseases are not fit for donating.
    A. Except for HIV, slow virus diseases, storage disorders, and haematogenous cancers, every one can donate their eyes.
  4. Within what interval can I get my cataract operated in the second eye?
    A. There is a slight increase in risk compared to a normal eye, but still is extremely safe.
  5. I am myopic and underwent laser surgery for retinal breaks, how safe is cataract surgery for me?
    A. Can get it done as early as 3 - 5 years, but if maintaining binocularity can delay it till 21 years.
  6. My child has a squint since birth but seeing well, at what age can I get it operated..
    A. As early as a month from first eye surgery.
  7. One child had retinoblastoma, what are the chances of the other sibling and next generation getting it?
    A. Risk is higher, but not necessary that it would carry on to next generation.
  8. I am a patient of RP (retinitis pigmentosa) and night blindness, is there any answer thus far? Do I lose my vision further? Is my progeny also are at risk of RP?
    A. As of now it cannot be cured, but in near future retinal prosthesis could be the answer. Chances of visual loss further exist. If disease is inherited in a dominant pattern, then chances of progeny acquiring disease are high.

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  9. Would artificial retina/retinal prosthesis be available in near future? How effective are those?
    A. Yes, could be effective, but still in clinical trials.
  10. Do all premature babies require screening by a retinal surgeon, and in full term babies do they also need to be checked up particularly if they contract some systemic disease early?
    A. Yes and it is a good practice to get diseased full term babies screened early.
  11. My child eyes are too small, they do not fix on an image, eyes keep wandering, what to do? Can it happen to my next child too?
    Should be evaluated by eye doctor. It is not necessary that it will occur in subsequent child.
  12. I see a white reflex in my child's eye, how dangerous is it?
    A. Can be due to cataract or an indicator of some serious retinal problem behind the eye.
  13. Watering, phobic to light, enlarged eye size at a very young age? What to do?
    A. A. Could be due to congenital glaucoma, which is a blinding disease if not treated early.
  14. How effective are low vision aids, can I start reading?
    A. Could get back some reading vision, it could be the only hope where no other procedure works.
  15. I see floaters on and off? Could it be a serious retinal problem?
    A.Long history of this with good vision should not be a problem, but if recent onset with persistence could be of concern as mostly it is due to a retinal problem.
  16. I am young with no other disease but have repeated episodes of bleeding inside my eyes, is there any hope of this stopping?
    A. Could be due to a disease called periphlebitis retina, with good treatment and regular follow up, it can be taken care of.
  17. I see floaters on and off? Could it be a serious retinal problem?
    A.Long history of this with good vision should not be a problem, but if recent onset with persistence could be of concern as mostly it is due to a retinal problem.
  18. I am a diabetic, how often I should get my eyes screened?
    A. Yearly once from the day of diagnosis of your diabetes, if disease is already present in your eye, a more frequent follow-up with a retinal surgeon is must.
  19. I had multiple sittings of laser treatment for diabetes; still I was told I would need a surgery for bleeding and retinal detachment? Is there any end to diabetes of eye?
    A. Depending on the severity of the disease, surgery would be necessary at some point of time.
  20. As a hypertensive, I had heard that there could be sudden visual loss, how to be cautious, are all hypertensive’s at risk?
    A. Visual loss in hypertensives is related to vascular causes like obstruction of blood supply to disc and retina. You should get an eye checkup along with neurological and craniological consultation. Not all would have an eye problem.
  21. Who are prone to retinal detachment? Are all myopic’s at risk? How often should they get screened?
    A. Myopia, eye injuries, eventful cataract surgeries make eye predisposed to retinal detachment in some. Yearly screening is advisable.
  22. I got operated for retinal detachment, I was fine for some time, I was told my retina is re-detaching again, how often patients like me would need multiple surgeries?
    A. 20-30% would require re-surgeries.
  23. I had heard PDT (photo dynamic therapy) is a good answer for some forms of AMD, does single sitting work, being very expensive, how often would one require multiple sittings?
    A. PDT is quite an effective modality in selected patients, some may require multiple sittings.
  24. TTT laser treatment is said to be inexpensive treatment for AMD, how safe and effective is it for patients who can’t afford PDT?
    A. Not safe in pregnancy. Others can undergo it but with emergency services as back up.
  25. I have an allergy to dilating drops and most eye drops? How to be cautious when I visit an eye clinic?
    A. Should carry a list of allergic drops and make sure that these drops are not put for you.