The Ophthalmology Department at the American Hospital renders services at a global level by employing cutting-edge technology in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders. Our department has various units, where experienced ophthalmologists with expertise in different fields serve patients of any age. Besides the eye diseases and disorders unit, where all refractive errors and all other ophthalmic diseases are addressed as well as all relevant data is transferred to digital media, world-class diagnosis and treatment options are also available at other units; Cataract and Intraocular Lens Surgery, Glaucoma, Pediatric Eye Health and Strabismus, Retina, Cornea, Ocular Immunology and Uveitis, Oculoplasty, Contact Lenses and Rehabilitation of the Visually Impaired.
 
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Common eye diseases and disorders, cataract and intraocular lens surgery, glaucoma (high intraocular pressure), pediatric eye health and strabismus, retina, cornea, ocular immunology and uveitis, oculoplasty, contact lenses and rehabilitation of the visually impaired patients are among our department’s medical specialties.
Cataract and Intraocular Lens Surgery: Globally acknowledged technique ‘phacoemulsification under topical anesthesia (numbing drops inserted into the eye)’ is used for cataract surgery. In this method, the eye is numbed with drop anesthesia rather than an anesthetic injected around the eye, and cataract surgery is performed through a very small incision, measuring approximately 2 mm in size, made on the clear layer of the eye (cornea) and an appropriate intraocular lens is placed inside the eye. This operation lasts approximately 10 minutes and does not require a hospital stay; visual acuity that is equal to the values before the development of cataracts is restored and patients can engage in activities of daily life within a short period of time. Moreover, the innovative “multifocal intraocular lenses” that are also called “small lenses” designed to provide focus of both distance and near objects and “multifocal toric intraocular lenses” that allow predictable astigmatic correction are successfully used along with standard aspheric intraocular lenses that ensure the clearest distance acuity after completion of surgery. After cataract surgery is completed, patients can clearly see distance and near objects without the need to wear eyeglasses. Moreover, intraocular lenses (phakic lenses) are successfully implanted for patients who are not eligible for laser therapy to correct myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism.

Glaucoma Unit:  Glaucoma, also called high intraocular pressure, is globally recognized as the most  prolific “irreversible cause of blindness”. Usually, it does not cause any recognizable early symptoms as it progresses slowly and causes loss of vision from the periphery to the center. Early diagnosis is crucial when it comes to treating glaucoma; unfortunately symptoms are usually noticed by patients after their eyesight has been significantly compromised. We use the most advanced diagnostic devices with an extremely high level of accuracy at the earliest possible stage in our glaucoma unit. We can meet provisions of maximum standards in diagnosis and follow-up of patients with glaucoma by using the latest generation of Optic Coherence Tomography (OCT) that measures the thickness of the nerve layer in the retina easily, and a computerized visual field device that measures the ability to see blue light on a yellow background and other effective devices that evaluate eye tear canals and any changes in the iris. Medical treatments are supported by all advanced laser or surgical therapies!

Pediatric Eye Health and Strabismus: It is necessary to diagnose refractive errors, especially misalignment of the eyes, and lazy eyes as well as the loss of vision secondary to various reasons originating from early childhood in order to commence with appropriate treatment. In our Pediatric Eye Health and Strabismus Unit, our experienced ophthalmologists use state-of-the-art devices to diagnose all pediatric eye problems at an early stage and necessary treatments are initiated. Medical and surgical treatments are also available for misaligned eyes for patients of any age.

Retina Unit: Optic Coherence Tomography (OCT), Fundus Fluorescein Angiography, Indocyanine Green Angiography, and green and yellow lasers are used in our unit to diagnose and treat all retinal diseases that are secondary to vascular factors, ageing, inflammation or other etiologies. All up-to-date treatments, including intravitreal injections, micropulse, and photodynamic therapy, are available for the age-related macular disease that is also called “Yellow Spot Disease” and now globally recognized among the most important causes of loss of vision. Moreover, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and other retinal diseases that require surgical treatment can be successfully treated with “vitrectomy” and other surgical techniques at the Retina Unit.

Cornea Unit: Advanced diagnostic devices are used to evaluate infections and inflammations of the cornea -the foremost transparent layer of the eye-, structural deformities such as keratoconus or ectasia as well as changes in the transparency of the cornea secondary to various causes. All up-to-date medical treatment and surgical techniques are available that range from cross-linking to laser and partial or complete corneal transplantation.

Ocular Immunology and Uveitis: Uveitis refers to the inflammation of the eye’s uveal tissue. Uveitis is believed to be the fourth leading cause of blindness among the working population (ages, 20–60 years) in Western countries. These diseases can be caused by infections, such as the Herpes virus, toxoplasmosis, tuberculosis syphilis, and inflammation of the eyes secondary to autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Behçet’s disease, ankylosing spondylitis, and sarcoidosis. A physician who is experienced in treating uveitis evaluates each patient and provides a clear diagnosis, appropriate medical treatment and follow-ups are then planned at the unit. Although the primary treatment of uveitis is medical, surgical treatments can be employed to manage complications of uveitis, after inflammation is brought under control.

Ophthalmic Cosmetic Surgery: Deformities located in the eyelids and around the eyes have significant effects not only on one’s facial appearance but also on normal eyesight function. We may correct any and all eyesight problems and dysfunctions that are dependent on age, tumors, and trauma of the eyelids as well as thyroid diseases. Tear duct problems that may cause continuous excessive watering and diseases that affect the structures around the eyes can be diagnosed and treated. Naturalistic prosthetic eyes that can move are implanted at our unit for patients who have lost an eye.

Contact Lens Unit: Any and all contact lenses (standard, astigmatism, multifocal – that correct both farsightedness and nearsightedness-, cosmetic, daily, monthly and long-term) can be applied at our unit and users of contact lenses are educated on healthy use of said lenses.

Rehabilitation Unit for Visually Impaired People: We aim to restore eyesight that is required for activities of daily life with special eyeglasses, devices and rehabilitation methods for patients with severe loss of vision due to certain reasons, such as age-related macular disease (yellow spot disease), retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or retinopathy of premature.