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Lakdikapul, Kukatpally L.B.Nagar, Vishakapatnam

Eye  diseases  affect  newborns,  children  and  adolescents  commonly  just  as  in  adults.  In  children,  the  most  common  conditions  pertain  to  refractive  errors  (  short  sightedness,  long  sightedness ),  squint  (  inequal  eye  muscle  function ),  and  infections –  both  viral,  bacterial,  and  allergic  conditions.  Less  common  are  :  birth  defects  of the  eye,  birth  defects  of  the  eye nerve,  the  face  involving  the  orbits  (  the  eye  ball  sockets  ),  tumours  of  the  eye,  inherited  defects     (  genetic  and  metabolic )  of  the  body involving  the  eye.

In  newborns,  particularly, the  prematurely  born  baby,  a  disease  called  ‘ retinopathy  of  prematurity ‘  affects  some,  particularly  those  who  required  oxygen  during  their  stay  in  the  newborn  intensive  care  unit.  In  this condition,  due  to  a  variety  of  factors,  blood  vessels  in the  visually  sensitive  layer  of  the  eye  called  retina, grow  abnormally  affecting   vision.  This  condition needs  surveillance  of  ‘ at  risk  babies ‘  and  appropriate  diagnosis  and  intervention  to  prevent  visual  defects  including  blindness  at  the  other  extreme.

Services  Offered  :

  • Outpatient Consultation  of  common  eye  infections, allergies
  • Outpatient consultation  of  refractive  errors  (  short  sightedness,  long  sightedness )
  • Outpatient consultation for  squint  (  eye  muscle  function)
  • Inpatient consultation  in  sick  children  with  risk  of  development  of  abnormally  raised  pressure  in  the  brain  ( brain  swelling ),  causing  pressure  effects  on  the  eye  nerve           (  papilledema )
  • Retinopathy of  Prematurity  Service (  ROP Service ) –  Regular  monitoring, surveillance,  and  diagnosis  of  ROP  early,  and  treatment – Laser  therapy

 

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