Paediatric Ophthalmology Speciality Clinic and Express Ophthalmology Clinic Inaugurated at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal 


Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 13-11-2020 17:06:27


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Manipal 13th November 2020: Paediatric Ophthalmology Clinic and Express Ophthalmology Clinic was inaugurated at Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Manipal today. Dr. Sharath Kumar Rao, Dean KMC inaugurated the Paediatric Ophthalmology Clinic and CG Muthana, Chief Operating Officer, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal inaugurated the Express Ophthalmology Clinic. 

Dr Avinash Shetty, Medical Superintendent, Dr Chiranjoy Mukhopdyay, Dr Padmaraj hegde and Dr Sulatha Bhandary, Professor and Head of the Department, Ophthalmology, were present. After Inauguration Dr Sharath said, Disease and diagnosis of Children are entirely different from Adults. So this is important that children be treated differently. Worldwide many subspecialties for paediatric patients are coming, even in ophthalmology also. It is good that it’s starting in Kasturba Hospital also. I hope it will be useful for paediatric patients.

The Ophthalmology department of Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal starting Paediatric Ophthalmology Clinic to provide exclusive comprehensive ophthalmology consultancy services for children. In order to make it more convenient for the parents and children, the clinic is scheduled to run on a school holiday and will function every Saturday afternoon from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm (except third Saturday).Treatment of eye diseases in children like refractive errors, squint, cataract and lazy eye will be provided. Referral to other speciality clinics such as cornea, retina or glaucoma will be done if needed. Contrary to popular belief, even children might need glasses from a very young age for better vision. Presence squint which many people falsely believe to be a sign of luck, can interfere with vision development. Hence any child who complains of difficulty in seeing distance objects, difficulty in reading, squeezing of eyes or excessive rubbing and squinting should be shown to an ophthalmologist. The paediatric ophthalmology clinic hopes to provide a holistic approach to the management of eye diseases in children.

As there was a growing demand from our patients to have a fast track clinic, we are starting an express clinic. The express clinic will be on appointment basis only. The aim of this express clinic is to provide quality consultation services with reduced waiting time for common ailments such as eye irritation, redness of eyes (eye discharge) and change of glasses / retina evaluation without dilatation etc. The examination will include vision assessment, comprehensive eye examination without dilatation of the pupil. (Detailed workup for cataract / glaucoma or retinal diseases is not included). For appointment please Call: 0820 2923780

 Medical Superintendent

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