Setting another milestone in its journey of achieving clinical excellence, SIMS Hospital, Chennai launched an exclusive centre for aortic diseases, AORTIC ANEURYSM CENTRE, on 19-September’2019. It was an apt occasion for the launch, as the day is observed as the Aortic Disease Awareness Day across the world. The centre was formally inaugurated by Mr. N. Ram – Chairman, The Hindu Publishing Group, who graced the event as the chief guest. Among other dignitaries present were, Dr. Raju Sivasamy – Vice President, SIMS Hospital, Dr. V. V. Bashi – Director, ICAD.
Dr. V. V. Bashi, Director – Institute of Cardiac and Advanced Aortic Disorders at SIMS Hospital, Chennai, has been presented with the MEDICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD for his contribution to field of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The award was presented to him by the Honourable Governor of Kerala Shri. P. Sathasivam, in a glorious event attended by eminent personalities from the field of medicine.
SIMS Hospital is delighted to have been acknowledged as THE BEST HOSPITAL FOR NEURO CARE IN CHENNAI. The award was conferred at the first healthcare award ceremony organized by the Tamil Television industry, on 11th May’19. Mr. Ravi Pachamoothoo – Chairman, SRM Group, was presented with the honour in a grand event, organized by NEWS7 – Tamil.
Glaucoma is an ailment that affects the eyes. It is one of the leading cause of blindness in the world with 65 million people suffering from this condition. It is also the second major cause of blindness, first one being cataract. The prevalence of Glaucoma is highest in African nations followed by Asia. It is a matter of grave concern that of all the people suffering from Glaucoma, 5% eventually lose their sight. Even with appropriate treatment 10% people still experience significant loss in sight.
What is Glaucoma ?
Glaucoma is a condition of optic nerve damage. Optic nerve is the channel through which the images captured through our eyes are transmitted to the vision centre of our brain. When this nerve deteriorates slowly over a period of time, we gradually lose our sense of sight.
Our eye contains a clear fluid, called aqueous humour, that keeps the eye healthy by nourishing various internal parts like cornea and the lens. This fluid periodically get drained through the drainage system of the eye to maintain the pressure inside the eye cavity. In Glaucoma, pressure inside the eye cavity increases due to fluid build up, usually in the front part. This progressively strains the optic nerve and causes irreversible damage to it. Surprisingly a person loses as much as 40% of vision without even realizing it.
What are the types of Glaucoma ?
There are two major types of Glaucoma, as described below.
- Primary Open-angle Glaucoma: It is most the common type that is caused due to inadequate drainage of the fluid inside the eye. It is usually painless and detected quite late. So early examination can help detect early signs of optic nerve damage.
- Primary angle-closure Glaucoma: When the drainage angle is narrow or blocked in eye pressure builds up. This type of Glaucoma may present with an “acute attack”, which is a medical emergency. Many people with angle closure develop slowly. So, if not detected and treated early, can lead to blindness.
What are the risk factor for development of Glaucoma ?
Though Glaucoma can develop in any person, there are certain risk factors associated with this condition.
- Family history of Glaucoma
- Age more than 40 years
- Medical conditions that builds high eye pressure
- Diabetes, Hypertension
- Chronic steroid use
What are the symptoms of Glaucoma ?
Most people do not realize any issue in vision until the damage is quite severe. The process of optic nerve damage is irreversible and that’s why Glaucoma is called the “Silent Thief of Sight”.
Only regular eye examination can detect the condition. Sometimes acute angle closure Glaucoma can present with severe headache, blurring of vision, severe pain and redness of eyes.
How can Glaucoma be prevented?
As stated earlier, it is not a preventable condition; buyt, it can be controlled. Regular eye check-up is the best course of action to control Glaucoma. The diagnosis tests generally include:
- Eye pressure check
- Visualization of drainage angle
- Examination of optic nerve
- Visual field evaluation
- Photograph of optic nerve
- Measurement of thickness of Cornea
How is Glaucoma treated / controlled ?
- Medical treatment like eye drop
- Surgical treatment if not controlled with drops
- Laser treatment
SIMS, Hospital, Chennai feels proud to communicate that one of it’s senior medical faculty has been honoured with “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
In a momentous event, the Rotary Club of Chennai Galaxy honoured Dr. Sumana Premkumar, Senior Consultant – Radiation Oncology at SIMS Hospital, with a lifetime achievement award for her tireless service to the mankind in treating Cancer. In her illustrious Career she has made immense contribution to the field of Oncology, which has improved the treatment of Cancer and given many people new lease of life and hope of a healthy future.