Internship diaries – Cleanest cataract

Cataract surgery is the most common eye surgery to be performed by an ophthalmologist.

Cataract

I have seen many cataract surgeries operated by various doctors. I have also read about it extensively and understand the postoperative symptoms well. The important part of examining a post-operative patient on day one is their vision, pressure, anterior and posterior segment evaluation. On slit-lamp examination patients usually have mild congestion in the conjunctiva, corneal oedema and watering. Their symptoms reduce and the vision clears up by the end of 1 week most of the time. 

The thought of an ideal cataract post-operative day changed when I came across a patient at another branch of the hospital I worked at. I expected to find similar symptoms and complaints from the patient but I did not find any signs of inflammation.  I rechecked the patient’s records to confirm the cataract surgery was performed otherwise I couldn’t believe it.  The cornea consultant there performed surgery using a scleral incision due to which the cornea is not touched at all. Until that day I used to think I knew all about cataracts but this doctor showed how beautiful a cataract surgery can be! The patient did not have any complaints or symptoms at all! 

When I need cataract surgery I would find a doctor like her! That’s how much I loved it. 

For another interesting internship diaries click on Lacrimal syringing-the worst nightmare of the interns

Lacrimal syringing- the worst nightmare of the interns

Being an intern, it was very important for us to learn lacrimal syringing in the optometry community. I have always been afraid of the mere thought of me holding a syringe. But a day came when I had to perform it. It was in community ophthalmology OPD, where most of the patients come for cataract surgery. It is mandatory to perform syringing for these patients before surgery. Read More

Tetrachromats – A 100 million Colors

Human tetrachromats?

Though it is a normal phenomenon in several species of Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians and some Mammals, Tetrachromacy is a prodigy in Humans.
Generally, we have 3 colour channels i. e, L, M, S cones responsible for colour vision. But having an extra channel leads to a perceptual difference altogether. This is a rare feet but the literature suggests that almost 12% of women may have this supervision due to a mutation on the X chromosome. If a trichromat can appreciate 1 million colours than a tetrachromat can appreciate 100 million colours.

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