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Ophthalmology

What is ophthalmology?

At Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH), we adopt a team approach to taking care of your sight. Our eye care experts include consultants, technicians and nurses, who are trained to treat a variety of conditions. We provide a wide range of diagnostic and medical expertise for eye treatments including cornea, retina, glaucoma and pediatric surgeries, as well as a contact lens clinic.

Eye care treatments, services and procedures

This day surgery is carried out under local anesthetic by our consultant ophthalmologists. You can expect high standards of eye surgical care, and very high success results.

While many people successfully wear regular soft contact lenses to correct their eyesight, you may suffer from decreased vision due to corneal diseases, and require a custom-made soft, hard or hybrid contact lens. If the front part of your eye becomes abnormal either due to a disease or after surgery, these special contact lenses can help improve your eyesight.

Our cornea specialists provide a range of diagnostic and surgical services for various types of corneal diseases, using the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment. Surgical procedures include treatment of keratoconus, corneal transplantation, pterygium excision and secondary lens placement. We also fit therapeutic contact lenses for eye diseases that cannot be corrected with simple glasses prescriptions or soft contact lenses.

This is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Our experts diagnose various forms of glaucoma, and provide medical and surgical treatment.

Our uveitis specialist provides diagnostic and therapeutic care if you are dealing with this inflammatory eye disease.

Our medical retina experts treat a wide range of conditions that affect the retina (the light-sensitive film at the back of the eye), such as diabetic eye disease, age-related macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusions. We use advanced retinal imaging technologies for accurate and speedy diagnosis, and our comprehensive range of eye treatments includes eye drops, laser therapy and injections into the eye.

Our retina surgeon treats a variety of problems, including retinal detachment, macular holes, retinal membranes, diabetic retina diseases, and hemorrhages inside the eye. Treatments include the use of laser probes and micro-instruments by trans-conjunctival sutureless surgery.

Many children have eye disorders, and the vast majority are treatable. Early diagnosis is essential to prevent them from impacting on the child’s quality of life and performance at school. We treat the following pediatric conditions:

  • Blockage of the tear passages (nasolacrimal duct obstruction) – this blockage, which prevents tears from running, is relatively common and usually disappears within a year as the child grows. We recommend massaging the inner corner of the eyelid regularly, but may open the tear passage with a quick procedure for children over a year old
  • Childhood cataracts – cataracts can cause eyesight to be blurry or hazy, a bit like trying to look through frosted glass. Some babies are born with cataracts, and some develop them in the first six months of their life. Treatment can involve surgery to remove the cloudy lens (or lenses), followed by the long-term use of glasses or contact lenses 
  • Lazy eye (amblyopia) – affecting around three to five percent of children, this occurs when an eye that is otherwise normal has not received proper stimulation during early childhood. Treatment typically involves correcting any focusing problems with glasses, and then covering the good eye (patching) to force the lazy eye to work
  • Squint (strabismus) – a misalignment of one or both eyes that affects around two percent of children. Treatment may involve the use of glasses, orthoptic therapy or eye muscle surgery
  • Refractive errors – the most common form, short-sightedness (poor distance vision), is usually seen in school-age children and is treated effectively, in most cases, with glasses

We recommend that children have regular eye tests. These can be arranged through your Primary Care Clinic

Find out more about our pediatric services

What to expect from our eye care services 

Upon arrival at our Eye Clinic, please head to our reception area, where we will check your contact information and show you our waiting area. A member of our experienced nursing staff will call you into an exam room to ask some questions about your health and the reason for your appointment, and perform some initial tests.

After seeing your specialist, you can return to our reception area to make any necessary follow-up appointments as discussed. Full details will be available on your MyChart account. Do not hesitate to ask questions of any member of our experienced care team.

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Our patients say it best

The JHAH staff were friendly and helpful during my eye surgery, which has already improved my quality of life. Thank you.

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