Clinical Services > Retina


Vitreo Retinal Department

Location: First Floor

The Retina is the light sensitive inner lining of the eye. It is in the posterior segment of the eye. The light that falls on the retina is converted into image forming signals and sent via the optic nerve to the brain.

The department at Sankar Foundation is a highly sophisticated and well equipped place both terms of the state of the art equipment and the Specialist Ophthalmologists available.

Usually, patients are referred from the general ophthalmology department after an initial diagnosis. But, people with diabetes for at least 3 to 4 years are strongly recommended for a direct visit to the department because of the effect it has on the retina.

The Following major diseases are treated/arrested in this clinic:

Retinal Detachment, where the retina detaches from the back of the eyeball. Diabetic Retinopathy, where damage occurs to the tiny blood vessels that supply the retina. Macular Degeneration, characterized by the loss of central vision because of death or impairment of cells in macula. Retinal Pigmentosa, that causes loss of night vision and peripheral vision.


The following equipment are available in the department:

  • Electro Retinogram (ERG) measures the electrical response of the retinal cells to light. Helps in evaluating retinitis pigmentosa.

  • Flourescien Fundus Angiography, allows to see the blood vessels at the back of the eye. Helpful in diagnosing macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

  • Ocular Coherence Tomography allows one to get a high resolution cross sectional tomogram of the retinal fine structure with a histologic quality.

  • Green Laser, useful in treating retinal diseases like Diabetic Retinopathy and retinal holes. It has three delivery systems including slit lamp, LIO ( Laser Indirect Ophthalmoscopy) and Endo Laser ( used during surgery).

  • Indirect Opthalmoscope, a binocular device with a lens to give a three dimensional view inside the eye.

  • B Scan Ultrasonography, used to produce a two dimensional cross sectional view of the eye and the orbit.

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