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Guide To Finding A Reliable Eye Care Center In Dubai

One of the most important decisions you will have to make in life is to choose who you are going to trust your health with. Whether it is a trusted hospital to take care of the overall health needs of you and your family or a reliable eye clinic with trusted eye doctors and surgeons who ensure the wellbeing of your eyes, finding healthcare professionals you can trust and depend upon plays a crucial role. While people may argue that the internet is truly man’s greatest invention and is a great resource in finding the best eye clinic in Dubai, we urge you to understand that not everything you read online is necessarily true. After all everyone claims to be “The best eye surgeon in Dubai” or “the best eye center in Dubai” and surely this cannot be true. The first step in your quest to finding the best eye doctor in Dubai, is to do your homework and carry out some basic research by yourself. Do a Google search that extends beyond the first search result that pops up (note that most of the initial results are sponsored advertisements). The next step that will help you narrow down on your search for the best eye clinic is to ask questions. Do not be afraid to clarify any doubts or questions you may have. Here are a few questions you should be asking a potential eye doctor/eye clinic before you decide to go ahead with your treatment: 1. How long has the center been providing eye care services for? An important factor in determining the credibility of any eye center is by taking into consideration how experienced the eye center is. An eye center with good repute should have: A good number of years in practice Experience of attending to a sizeable number of patients You would ideally want to be attended to by an eye center that has over a decade of experience in catering to patients and has good knowledge and expertise in handling various eye-related complications. 2. What level of equipment and technology do they use? In the world of eye care and treatment, cheap is not always the best. When it comes to buying the most advanced LASIK and cataract machinery, there can be no bargaining or compromise. The maintenance or upkeep of medical equipment is also a costly investment. A compromise in price is most often indicative of a compromise in medical equipment as well. Make sure to ask if your eye care provider is in possession of the best of equipment. Your eye care should be a priority and is worth the monetary investment. 3. What are the qualifications of the eye doctors /eye surgeons working in the center? Do they have any articles or certifications to their credit? Another helpful tip in determining the reputation of an eye center is by assessing the professional qualifications of the eye doctors and surgeons associated with the center. Enquire about the specializations and other qualifications of the doctors. Ask if they are associated with any international boards (The International Council of Ophthalmology, Cambridge UK is one such body). Try to find out if their work has been published in journals or if they have won any awards for their work in the field. Do not be afraid to clarify any doubts or questions you may have. In addition to these three questions that you can ask the eye doctors, there are a few other questions that you can address on your own: 1. What are other people saying about the eye center/eye doctor? Do a little bit of research and read up on the eye center’s Facebook and Google reviews. This is a reliable method to get an unbiased opinion on the reputation and success rate of any eye clinic. 2. Was the doctor able to answer all your questions? An eye doctor’s ability to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease is also a clear display of professionalism and experience. Was the doctor able to understand your problems and communicate with you effectively? If yes, you can rest assured of a positive experience. 3. Are you convinced that the eye center will do justice to your requirements? In the end it all boils down to this one question. What do your instincts and gut tell you? If you get a positive response to most of the above questions and if your instincts are in favor of a particular eye clinic/eye doctor, you can be sure of a positive experience. If, however, you are still unsure of the best eye care center for you, we’ll make your job easier! Choose Eye Consultants! With over 20 years of experience in treating patients, Eye Consultants is home to some of the best eye surgeons in Dubai. Eye Consultants is a highly-equipped eye center in Dubai and our goal is to provide excellent treatment to all our patients, using the best of technological advancements and equipment. Our team is proficient in treatment of all eye-related complications, including Cataract, Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment and Diabetic Retinopathy. Additionally, we also have a dedicated department to Pediatric and cosmetic eye care. If you would like to learn more about our doctors and services or if you would simply like to drop in for a chat, you are more than welcome to visit us.

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March 03, 2020
Eye Consultants
Dubai, UAE
Women's Health
Women and Eye Health

Generally, women know how important it is to visit the doctor regularly. But few realize that visiting the eye doctor is just as important. Women must visit their eye specialists regularly since they are likelier to suffer from eye problems than men. This includes the big four that cause not just loss of vision but also blindness. They are cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Why Women Are at Risk There are several reasons why women are at risk for eye problems. They are: 67 per cent of all visual impairment and blindness cases exist among women. Women usually outlive men and therefore live longer. This makes them vulnerable to eye diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts. They are also prone to suffering from autoimmune conditions that accompany visual side-effects. Women’s vision may also be affected by hormonal changes, e.g. dry eye. Eye Diseases Among Women These are the eye diseases commonly experienced by women: Cataract: This disease results when the lens of the eye gets cloudy and begins to obstruct vision. Since women live longer, they are prone to developing this eye disease. How to Prevent Cataracts: Women can protect their eyes from cataracts by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with 100% UV filter so that their eyes aren’t affected by ultraviolet A and B rays. Women should also lose weight so that their blood sugar levels are normalized. By eating fish or taking fish oil supplements and quitting smoking, women can protect their eyes from cataracts and other eye disorders. Glaucoma: This complex eye disease is caused when the pressure in the eye is very high and causes the optic nerve to be damaged. It causes irreversible blindness. There are two types of glaucoma: Open-angle and Closed-angle. Of these, men and women suffer from the former, while closed-angle glaucoma affects women with eyes smaller than men. Their eyes affect the drainage of fluid from the eye and could cause pressure in the eye to build up. How to Prevent Glaucoma: Visit the eye doctor regularly for a comprehensive eye exam. Also, lower your eye pressure by using prescription eye drops. If you detect any changes in vision, speak to your doctor about it. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): This common eye disease is the No. 1 eye disease among 50-year-olds and over. It damages the macula, that small spot near the mid-point of the retina and the part of the eye responsible for sharp vision straight ahead. How to Prevent AMD: There’s no known cause for macular degeneration. However, genetics may be a reason for its development. Women should eat low-fat meat and at least two servings of fish per week, apart from exercising for at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week. If women notice any change in vision, they should get in touch with their doctors immediately. Dry Eye Syndrome: According to research, women above the age of 40 experience the problem of Dry Eye Syndrome twice as much as men do. This problem is identified by the eyes not producing enough tears to keep the eyes lubricated or they are of poor quality and evaporate within no time. Dry eye syndrome is also caused due to the hormonal change that women experience when   they begin to menopause. Hormone replacement therapy is another reason for this eye disease. As the body grows old, it produces smaller quantities of oil, which lets the tears in the eyes to evaporate easier. Dry Eye Syndrome is typified by a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes. Often, they also experience irritation or scratchiness and shed tears copiously. It has been found that this condition affects at least 3.2 million American women. How to Prevent Dry Eye Disease: There are many ways of preventing the development of Dry Eye Disease, such as: Wearing protective eyewear and safety shields on the sides and top of the eyewear so that it can protect your eyes from dry air and wind. Take breaks from tasks that need a lot of visual or mental concentration. During these breaks, remember to close your eyes for some time. Alternatively, blink a few times so that your tears can spread evenly all across your eyes. If you are in a dry environment, as in places of high altitudes like mountains, or desert areas or even in planes, close your eyes as often as you can, if only for a few minutes so that your tears are not evaporated or they happen minimally. Set your computer to well below eye level or you will need to keep them open wider so that you see the screen accurately. This will contribute greatly to evaporating your tears each time you blink. Don’t smoke and keep away from smokers so you don’t inhale the smoke. Smoke from tobacco is known to hasten dry eyes symptoms. Use eye drops to moisten your eyes regularly. This will be a big help for those who do concentrated work on computers for long periods. Diabetic Retinopathy: When blood vessels damage the back of the retina, it causes diabetic retinopathy. This is a fallout of diabetes and until one suffers from diabetes, such complications arise. If left untreated, it can cause blindness. How to Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy: You can prevent or reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy by normalizing your blood sugar levels, and your cholesterol and blood pressure too. You can do these by making lifestyle choices which include: Eating a nutritious diet and cutting down on fat and sugar Exercising regularly, at least 150 minutes of exercise such as cycling or walking per week or 10,000 steps a day Quitting smoking Reducing the intake of alcohol Conclusion Overall, as in other diseases too, eye disorders among women can be controlled and prevented by taking certain measures, chiefly by visiting the eye doctor periodically. 

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March 03, 2020
Ophthalmology Department
Eye Consultants
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Eat Your Way To Healthy Eyesight

We know that the means to achieve overall good physical health is to watch what we eat and maintain a healthy diet. A healthy diet is crucial for the well-being of your cardiovascular health and also enhances immunity and energy. But did you know that what you eat could also play an important role in determining the condition of your eyesight? The consumption of certain nutrients has been linked to better eye health, which in the long run can lead to prevention of eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration, dry eyes and even cataract. Some of these nutrients are Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, E and C, Zinc, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. The Eye Consultants team has compiled a list of foods that contain a high amount of these nutrients to help you embark on a journey to better eye health. Carrots: We decided to start with the most predictable food item on the list. Growing up, you’ve probably always heard your parents tell you to eat your carrots, because they are good for your eyes. Like most things in life, they were right about this one as well! Carrots are a rich source of Vitamin A, a component that helps you see better in the dark and thus linked to avoiding night blindness. Carrots also contain beta-carotene, which is a storehouse of eye vitamins. The next time you think of passing on the carrots, just remember how good they are for your eyes. Nuts: Nuts are loaded with Vitamin E, a component that battles molecules that destabilize healthy tissues. Regular consumption of food rich in vitamin E can help prevent age-related macular degeneration and even cataract. Almonds, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts are great sources of Vitamin E. They also taste amazing when added to your morning cereal. Fish: Tuna and Salmon are fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is key to visual development and normal functioning of the retina. The presence of high content of Omega-3 fatty acids in most fish, help the eye to retain moisture and thus aid in the prevention and potential reversal of dry eye. Cod liver oil is a supplement that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids as well. However, if you are not a fan of seafood, you can get your dose of Omega-3 Fatty Acids by consuming, flax seeds, chia seeds and soybeans. Eggs: Eggs are a powerhouse of vital nutrients that protect the eyes. Eggs contain Zinc, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which help protect the eye from eye damage over the years like age related macular generation and cataracts. Zinc also enhances the overall health of the retina. Leafy vegetables: If fish and eggs are not part of your regular diet, you can get your supplement for eye care by consuming green leafy vegetables. Veggies like Kale, red peppers and Spinach are packed with Lutein and Zeaxanthin, essential components of the visual system, which aid in reducing the effects of glare and enhancing contrast. Oranges: Fruits that contain citrus like oranges and lemon, are packed with vitamin C, another vital component in regulating eye health. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in protecting the blood vessels in the eye and also the capillaries in the retina. Vitamin C also helps in prevention of vision loss. Oranges and other citrus fruits, thus contain important antioxidants that help retain eye health. Water: We all know how water helps prevent the body from reaching a dehydrated state. In a similar manner, water also helps the eye stay hydrated and helps stabilize the fluid content in the eye. This fluid washes away particles that irritate the eye and also prevents dry eye, blurred vision and eye irritation. The doorway to good health, surely starts with what is on your plate. The next time you sit down for a meal, make sure you load up with healthy food that is good for your eyes! 

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March 03, 2020
Eye Consultants
Dubai, UAE
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6 Tips To Preserve Your Eyesight

As time goes by, we realize that there is something we have been taking for granted for years and now reality has found a way to catch up. It may start off with symptoms of mild irritation, blurry vision or a partial loss of vision around the periphery. With age, eye problems have a tendency to crop up and one begins to realize the importance of good eye health and its role in providing quality life. We at Eye Consultants believe that maintaining eye health is a practice that needs to be adopted early in life, if one wants to live a life without eye complications. Here is team Eye Consultant’s checklist on ‘6 tips to preserve your eyesight.’ Watch your diet: While a healthy diet may seem to have a direct correlation with overall fitness, you cannot rule out the role of nutritious food when it comes to preserving eye health. What you eat influences your eye health more than you can imagine. Be sure to stock up on those eggs, nuts, green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits, as they go a long way in enhancing your health and keeping diseases like age related macular degeneration, cataract and dry eye at bay. Avoid consuming food that is high in sugar as this could lead to fluid build-up and blood vessel damage in the retina and cause diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic eye diseases.  Regular eye exams: What’s a good way to ensure that your eyes are healthy and prevent eye disease? Schedule regular eye exams! As you age, so does your vision and it may not be as sharp and accurate as it was when you were younger. Not only are eye exams a good way to test your vision, they are also instrumental in the detection of early onset of eye diseases like glaucoma and cataract and aid in prevention of further vision deterioration. Our experts at Eye Consultants suggest that you schedule an eye exam at least once a year. If you are living with an eye complication, it is adviced that you schedule eye exams on a more frequent basis. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise can do much more than help you shed those extra kilos and keep cardiovascular risk at bay. Over the years, studies have drawn a clear link between exercise and good eye health. Regular exercise can help fight diabetes, which in turn prevents the development of diabetic retinopathy. It has also been proven that moderate intensity exercise over prolonged periods of time can help reduce eye pressure in young adults combatting glaucoma.The decision to avoid smoking also falls under the purview of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Studies clearly reveal that smoking has been linked to cataract development and other eye diseases. Make a conscious effort to quit smoking for the sake of better eye health. Be vigilant: You’ve probably heard of the saying, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. This is applicable in the world of eye care as well. If you notice a sudden change in your vision, where objects appear to be blurred or you notice halos and symptoms of distorted vision, do not take it lightly and be sure to visit the nearest eye doctor. Furthermore, if you suffer an eye injury or experience eye irritation, make sure to visit an eye doctor. Self-medicating will only worsen your condition and you need to seek professional help at the earliest. Be on the watch for sudden change in vision and get it examined immediately. Maintain eye hygiene: If you are a person who uses eye makeup, be sure to wash it off before you go to bed. Never sleep with eye makeup on and do not share makeup or makeup brushes with others. Eye makeup components can cause eye infections if they are not stored properly or are past their expiration date. Avoid the risk of contracting eye infections by washing off your makeup before you go to sleep. Wear eye protection gear: If you are stepping out into the sun, there is something else you will need other than sun tan lotion to protect yourself from UV rays. Make sure to wear sunglasses that provide optimum protection from UV rays. Additionally, if you are trying to beat the heat with a swim, make sure to wear goggles as the chlorine and other chemicals found in pool water can cause eye irritation. Moreover, if you are in the construction business or if your work involves dealing with stray particles that may enter your eye, remember to wear protective eye gear. Remember, a little precaution now, will go a long way tomorrow.

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March 03, 2020
Eye Consultants
Dubai, UAE
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Vision and Night Blindness

A type of vision damage, night blindness is also known as nyctalopia. People who suffer from this have very weak nightly vision or in dimly-lit areas. Although night blindness means that you can’t see at all at night, really all it means is that you have difficulty seeing in the dark. Ordinarily, some types of this condition are treatable, but not others. Causes Night blindness develops due to the following conditions: Myopia Glaucoma Blurred vision Cataracts Tunnel vision Usher syndrome which affects vision and hearing Vitamin A deficiency Pancreatic insufficiency High blood sugar levels Diabetes Keratoconus Symptoms The No. 1 symptom of night blindness is difficult night vision. One can experience night blindness when one’s eyes move from a bright environment to one of low light. Poor vision can also be experienced when vehicles’ headlights are shone intermittently along with streetlights. Other causes include: Difficulty seeing objects or furniture in the dark or in a room of low light Difficulty recognizing people in dim or no light Requiring more light to carry out day-to-day chores Treatment Your eye specialist will take down your medical history in detail and examine your eyes to check for night blindness. Your blood sample will be necessary to measure your glucose and Vitamin A levels. If myopia, Vitamin A deficiency or cataracts have led to your suffering from night blindness, it can be treated by increasing Vitamin A content to your diet. Vitamin A can be found in eggs, fortified milk, eggs, cod liver oil, fortified cereals, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, etc. With corrective lenses, your day and night vision can improve. By wearing sunglasses when out in the sun, your eyes can be protected from UV light, which could otherwise damage your eyes further. In chronic cases, eye surgery may be the solution. If you suffer from Retinitis pigmentosa, your type of night blindness cannot be cured. Preventing Night Blindness If the type of night blindness that you suffer from is due to genetic conditions or birth defects, you cannot prevent its development. However, you can prevent its further damage by monitoring your blood sugar levels and eating nutritious food. Include in your diet foods that have an abundance of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, which could play a huge role in preventing cataracts. Foods rich in Vitamin A should also be eaten to lower your chances of developing night blindness. Orange-coloured foods that are abundant in Vitamin A include: Carrots Cantaloupes Mangoes Pumpkins Sweet Potatoes Butternut Squash Collard Greens What We Can Do for You As you get out of mid-life and into your sixties, you might find that you’ve been taking life for granted. Somehow something’s changed and you can’t put a finger on what it is. You could begin to feel odd when you can’t see as well as before, or you have a partial vision loss or you can’t see things to your left or right. It’s normal for eye problems to crop up as we age. When you begin to feel the loss of normal eyesight, that’s when you realize the importance of vision and that it helps give you a good quality of life. Eye surgeons today believe that eye health is something that one should practice from one’s childhood if one wants to lead a complication-free life. You can do this too by following these few principles: Eat a Healthy Diet: Nutritious food will have an overall good effect on your entire system and that includes your eyes. Your eye health is grossly influenced by what you eat—far more than you can envisage. To enjoy good eye health, eat eggs, citrus fruits, green leafy veggies and nuts. This diet will stave off macular degeneration and cataract and keep your eyes healthy. Undergo Eye Exams Periodically: To make sure your eyes are always health and you aren’t developing eye disease, go in for eye exams regularly. With age, your eyes aren’t as sharp as before. So, a good way of testing the efficiency of your vision is to have a vision test. This will also give you an early indication that you’re on the verge of developing eye diseases like cataract and glaucoma. By detecting this early, your doctor will be able to catch it quickly and prevent its further development. You should have an eye test once a year or if you have any eye complaints, have your eyes checked more often. Lead a Healthy Lifestyle: By leading a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise, you can reach your optimal weight and keep the risk of cardiovascular disease far away from you. By exercising regularly, your eyesight also improves, say studies. Not just that, exercise can also reduce the risk of diabetes and developing diabetic retinopathy. By doing moderate exercise over a protracted period can bring about a reduction in eye pressure in young adults struck with glaucoma. By not smoking, you prevent the development of cataract, blindness, macular degeneration, Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Dry Eye Syndrome. Be Alert to Any Changes in You: If you suddenly see a change in your vision, you must see a doctor immediately. Perhaps, your vision isn’t too clear, or you see halos or you have distorted vision. In such cases, have your eyes tested as soon as possible. Don’t go in for self-medication as you could only worsen your condition.  Keep Your Eyes Clean: Wash off all eye makeup before going to bed. Don’t go to bed with eye makeup on or share eye makeup with anyone. Wear Eye Protection Gear: Apart from protecting yourself from the sun by wearing sunglasses, it would help if you apply sun tan lotion to safeguard yourself from UV rays. When you swim, wear goggles as otherwise chlorinated water in the pool can bring about some eye irritation. Eye doctors are experts in spotting problems of vision. To know the state of your vision, speak to the experts at Eye Consultants. Call us on +971 (0)4 4211299 and schedule an appointment to discuss your doubts.

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March 03, 2020
Dr. Tarek Ibrahim
Ophthalmologist
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