Tawam performs rare eye surgery
Al Ain, May 8, 2010
Tawam Hospital in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine recently saved the sight of a 47-year-old patient suffering from thyroid eye disease using a rare procedure called lateral and medial orbital wall de-compression.
Dr Habibullah Eatamadi, a consultant oculoplastic and orbital surgeon, diagnosed patient Masood with a condition known as fulminating thyroid eye disease.
“Although Mr. Masood needed immediate treatment, his case was fortunately still operable,” said Dr Eatamadi. “The surgery was successful and gave him immediate relief.”
Thyroid eye disease is an ‘autoimmune condition’ that causes swelling of muscles and fatty tissue behind the eyes, Dr Eatamadi explained.
Swelling of the tissues in-turn pushes the actual eye forward, out of the eye socket, a condition known as ‘exophthalmos’. The patients have ‘starey eyes’.
In the case of Masood, the swelling behind the eyes was so severe that the nerve responsible for sight (optic nerve) was compressed, he said. If this latter condition was not managed immediately, the chances of loosing his vision would have been extremely high.
The symptoms of thyroid eye disease are generally varied, which is why it is so often misdiagnosed; watery eyes; redness; puffy lids; restlessness; increased appetite; double vision; redness of the lids; decreased vision; color vision alteration – all are potential symptoms of thyroid eye disease.
While many doctors may be aware of the condition, the warning signs are more prevalent among other illnesses and thyroid eye disease may not be identified immediately. For patients, it is a disorder which most sufferers will not recognize.
"For me it was a total shock”, said Masood. “It was something that I didn't even know existed, and then to find out that was causing my symptoms was frightening. I'm just so thankful that it was diagnosed in time and that Dr. Eatamadi was there to assess the damage and operate.”
Dr Eatamadi continued: “Tawam Hospital is the only public hospital that offers this service to its patients. We have been receiving referrals from all over the UAE.”
“This rare ophthalmic sub-specialty, includes dealing with a number of diseases and conditions, such as, management of thyroid eye diseases; watery eyes; droopiness of the eyelids (ptosis) in children and adults; tumors of the eye, orbit and eyelids; conditions where there is a need to do surgical interventions to expand the socket of the eye to enable the patient to wear artificial eyes,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service