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Rajan Hospital opens thyroid eye clinic

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NEW FACILITY: A. Rajasekaran (right), president, National Board of Examinations, at the inauguration of the Thyroid Centre at Rajan Eye care in Chennai on Monday. Dr. Mohan Rajan (centre) examines a patient. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
NEW FACILITY: A. Rajasekaran (right), president, National Board of Examinations, at the inauguration of the Thyroid Centre at Rajan Eye care in Chennai on Monday. Dr. Mohan Rajan (centre) examines a patient. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

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It will treat people suffering from thyroid eye disease

CHENNAI: Rajan Eye Care Hospital has opened an exclusive clinic to treat people suffering from thyroid eye disease.

Thyroid eye disease is the second most common endocrine disorder after diabetes mellitus and affects 70 million people in the State, said Mohan Rajan, medical director, Rajan Eye Care Hospital.

The thyroid gland, a vital endocrine gland found at the base of the throat, secretes hormones necessary for growth, metabolism and other bodily functions. Thyroid eye disease is an `autoimmune condition' in which one's own white blood cells damage parts of the body in addition to their normal role of acting against infection.

In the case of thyroid eye disease, the damage is directed to fatty tissue behind the eye. Swelling of the damaged tissues can cause the eyes to become red and the portions above and below the eyes become puffy. The eyes protrude from the face. In severe cases, the damage at the back of the eyes causes swelling and stiffness of the muscles that move the eye, causing double vision when one looks from side to side. Occasionally, the swelling behind the eyes could press on the nerve from the eyes to the brain, affecting sight.

A. Rajasekaran, president, National Board of Examinations, who inaugurated the clinic, said advances in medical treatment had resulted in the emergence of sub-specialities. A continuing medical education programme on thyroid eye disease followed the inauguration. Dr. Mohan was recently presented the Indo-Australian distinguished service award for providing total support to the Equal Health Team from Australia for over a decade. Equal Health is a non-government organisation comprising ophthalmologists, dentists, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, opticians and social workers from various parts of Australia. The award was presented by Paul Clarke, president, Australian Dispensing Ophthalmic Association, in the presence of Rotarians from RI district 3230.

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