Marking the completion of 43 years of eye care, Siloam Thomas Eye Hospital in Coimbatore has acquired the first OptopolRevo FC Optical Coherence Tomography in India which can detect the earliest changes due to Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy by performing cross-sectional retinal scanning and imaging.
The 43rd anniversary celebrations were organised at the IMA hall premises on recently when various eyecare projects were launched.
Dr. S. Raja Sabapathy, Chairman, Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand Microsurgery and Burns, Ganga Hospital, inaugurated the OptopolRevo FC OCT Machine at the IMA hall. Dr N. Kumar Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore launched the two community eye care projects of the hospital.
The advantage of a noninvasive angiogram (blood circulation study) without injecting contrast dye is also possible with the machine, which is very important in detecting vascular disorders in the eye.
This non-invasive method is very safe for kidney function in advanced retinopathy patients as compared to the older generation of Conventional Fundus Fluorescein Angiogram (FFA).
Early diagnosis and treatment are absolutely necessary to prevent irreversible blindness. Early diagnosis is made possible with OCT.
According to Dr Devdutt Thomas, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, “The current scenario in the field of ophthalmology is focused on the prevention of irreversible Blindness.
The main causes of avoidable Blindness include Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Age-related Macular degeneration if not detected early will lead to permanent Blindness.
Siloam Thomas Eye Hospital has acquired State of the Art Modern Diagnostic and treatment facilities to offer the highest quality eye care at nominal costs”.
The founder of the hospital Dr Sarojini Thomas started her service of catering to the needs of the poor and the downtrodden in 1978 with the motto of providing affordable eye care to all irrespective of their caste, colour and creed.