OPHTHALMOLOGY SERVICS AT AKUH
Aga Khan University hospital (AKUH) offers a comprehensive eye service, which provides basic diagnostic, medical and surgical services. These services include screening and treatment for common eye diseases, such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetes-related eye problems, spectacle and contact lenses prescriptions, and evaluation of patients who may have visual loss or complaints but do not know the diagnosis. The comprehensive eye service also acts as an entry point to AKUH subspecialty care for patients needing specific additional medical or surgical services.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING EYE CARE?
Successful outcome in eye care depend on many related factors. Here are some you should consider when selecting your eye care provider:
Quality of Physicians
Evaluating physician's quality is a difficult task. One measure of quality is the degree of specialization a medical centre offers for your type of eye disease. AKUH Ophthalmology service offers a number of foreign qualified senior ophthalmologists who treat patients. Each doctor specializes in a specific eye problem. Because they treat numerous patients with similar diseases, AKUH physicians have developed expertise in their chosen areas.
Expect Diagnostic Capabilities
Your best chance of overcoming eye diseases or preventing further loss of vision often depends on the accuracy of the initial diagnosis. Successful diagnosis is based on a combination of the physicians' experience with a specific type of eye disease and the technology available to assist them.
Multidisciplinary Co-ordinated Care
Before and after your diagnosis, you may need to consult several types of physicians. Depending on your problem, specialists, such as neurologists, retinal expects or plastic surgeons, may be required. At AKUH, these physicians work together, providing a multidisciplinary approach that ensures the best treatment. AKUH offers expertise in the eye care area and is supported by state-of-the art equipment for diagnosis and treatment, and a 24-hour eye walk-in casualty service.
WHEN DO YOU NEED TO SEE AN OPHTHALMOLOGIST (EYE DOCTOR)?
- Sudden loss of vision.
- Blurred vision or dimming of eyesight.
- Haloes around light (colored rigs).
- Fluctuating vision.
- Double vision.
- Redness of the eye.
- Eye injury- pain in the eyelids or orbit.
- Scratchy feeling or foreign body sensation.
- Flashes of light.
- Excessive watering or discharge from eyes.
- Light sensitivity.
- Floaters which may look like spots and flies.
- Transient or sustained loss of any part o the visual field (like a curtain dropping).
- Abnormal Intraocular pressure.
- Protrusion of the eye.
- Tumor, swelling or inflammation of the eyelids.
- Inability to see at night.
EYE SERVICES/PROCEDURES OFFERED AT AKUH
- Prescription of glasses and contact lenses.
- Ultrasound of eye A&B mode.
- Laser surgery (YAG and ARGON).
- Electro diagnostics (VER, ERG).
- Paediatric Ophthalmology/ Retinopathy of prematurity screening and treatment.
- Corneal transplant.
- Vitreo-retinal surgery (post-segment).
- Phacoemulsification cataract surgery.
- Refractive surgery with Excimer Laser.
- Diabetic Retinopathy screening and treatment.
- Automated perimetry for visual field testing.
- Oculoplastic service.
- Fundus photography and fluorescein angiography.
- IOL biometry.
- Ophthalmic photography.
- Photodynamic Therapy (laser procedure)
Outreach Clinic by AKUH Ophthalmic medical officer at the Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan at Garden and Karimabad. Periodic visits by renowned consultants from overseas at AKUH.
- Eye bank services.
- Low vision service for the partially sighted.
- Orthoptist care, eye movement disorder and poor vision in children.
- School health visitors trained in screening vision for children.
HOW OTHER DOCTORS CAN REFER TO OUT-PATIENT AKUH's SERVICES?
Department of Surgery
Aga Khan University Hospital
P.O.Box 3500, Stadium Road, Karachi
Telephone (Clinic): +92 21 3486 1021 or 1019 or 1045
Telephone (Department): +92 21 3486 4764 (Secretary)
Fax: +92 21 3493 4294
CONSULTANTS AT AKUH EYE SERVICES
Dr Azam Ali
Associate Professor and Head of Ophthalmology Section
MBBS (AKU); MRC Ophth. (UK); FRCS Ophth (Glasgow); FRCS (Edin); FRC Ophth. (UK); Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal and Advanced Cataract Surgery. Sub-speciality: Vitreo-Retinal Surgery, Anterior Segment Surgery, Oculoplastic Surgery
Dr Mehnaz Naveed Shah
MD (USA); FAAO (USA); Diplomate American Board of Ophthamology (USA); Fellowship in Glaucoma and Anterior Segment Surgery (USA)
Dr Tanveer A. Chaudhry
MBBS (Karachi); DO (Dublin); MRC Ophth. (UK); FRCS (Edinburgh)
Dr Sharmeen Akram
MBBS (AKU); FCPS (Pakistan)
Dr Rashid Baig
MBBS (Karachi); FCPS (Pakistan)
Dr Ahmed Burq Maqsood
DO (Glasgow), FRCS (Glasgow); FRC Ophth (London).
Dr P. S. Mahar
DO (Glasgow), FRCS (Dublin); FRC Ophth (London).
- Usually same day appointments are given to patients requiring urgent attention.
- Walk-in Patients are usually accommodated but have to wait for their turn
Please call Ophthalmology Clinic Located in D-1 ward for appointments:
Telephone: +92 21 3486 1621, 3486 1052
For further information, please contact:
Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
P.O Box 3500, Stadium Road, Karachi-74800, Pakistan.