Established in 1996, international private healthcare provider Columbia Asia Hospital began as Columbia Asia Extended Care Hospital in Shah Alam, which was officially launched in 1998. Since then, the company has grown extensively and now has 27 hospitals, clinics, and extended care facilities in Malaysia, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, with over 150 individual and institutional investors from the United States, who comprise the International Columbia USA LLC (ICU). All facilities boast of not having more than 100 beds per hospital, so they are more capable of maintaining the quality and simplicity of private health care.
One of the most successful hospitals is the Columbia Asia Hospital-Pudong, which began as a community hospital in Bandar Puteri, Puchong in 2007, serving only the suburban areas in Kuala Lumpur. The hospital is easily accessible for several neighborhoods, namely Sunway, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Cyberjaya, and Kinrara. In 2011, the original Puchong hospital was officially accredited by the Malaysian Society for Quality of Health.
Over the years, all facilities of Columbia Asia Hospital became known for providing medical treatments that can be trusted. Due to the new medical technologies the hospitals can provide, the level of invasive treatments is decreased, and the length of hospital stays are considerably reduced. Columbia Asia also maintains transparent rate structures, with their medical care costs being comparatively lower than the standard model, thus leading the way in making health care not just accessible but also cost-efficient.
Dr. Asokumaran Thanaraj is devoted to providing the highest quality of medical and surgical eye care for both domestic patients and medical tourists in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Trained in medicine and surgery with a specialization in Ophthalmic Science, Dr. Thanaraj possesses the right set of skills and years of experience to provide the best possible treatments. He is also well-versed in the best and most advanced eye care technologies including vitreoretinal treatments, and has committed himself not only to providing care to his patients, but also to advancing ophthalmic medicine.
Basic Eyelid Surgeries
Basic eyelid surgeries are performed to correct a problem with the eyelids or for cosmetic purposes. Common medical conditions corrected by the surgery include entropion (eyelids turn inwards) and ectropion (eyelids turn outwards). Another example is double eyelid formation, which is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves using sutures inside the upper eyelids to create a double eyelid appearance. Majority of basic eyelid surgeries are performed using local anesthesia. Whenever possible, the surgeon will create the incisions inside the eyelids so that scarring will not be visible. These types of surgeries commonly involve removing fat, tightening the tissue, and removing excess skin to achieve a more youthful appearance or improve the patient’s vision.
Cataract surgery is a procedure performed on the eyes to remove the cataracts and significantly improve a person’s vision. The surgery is normally performed on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia with sedation. In the procedure, the eye surgeon surgically removes the natural lens of the eyes using a variety of specialized surgical tools. Modern eye surgeries are performed using high-frequency ultrasound devices that break up the lens so that it can be removed using a suction. Once the lens has been removed, it will be replaced with an artificial lens. If a monofocal lens is used, the patient will only be able to focus clearly on objects that are at a certain distance. Prescription eyeglasses can help the patient see clearly if the object is out of the range of the lens. While some patients are able to see clearly right after the surgery, some may need to wait for few days or weeks to see the results.
Cataract Surgery (Multifocal)
Cataract is a condition wherein the natural lens of eyes becomes cloudy, preventing a person to see clearly. Vision can be completely lost in severe cases. The only treatment for this condition is called cataract surgery. The procedure involves removing the natural lenses and replacing them with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery can effectively improve a person’s vision but cannot fix near or far sightedness. The patient will normally need to wear eyeglasses unless the artificial lenses installed are multifocal. Multifocal lenses enable the patient to focus on objects that are near, mid-range, or at a certain distance.
A dacryocystorhinostomy is a surgical procedure used to correct watery eyes and blocked tear ducts, which is caused either by inadequate tear drainage or excessive tear supply. Blocked tear ducts may occur due to a previous injury to the nose, a nasal allergy, or an inflammatory disorder. The purpose of the treatment is to eliminate the fluid and mucus that are retained within the lacrimal sac. Additionally, the surgery increases tear drainage, which can resolve epiphora or having water running down the face. A dacryocystorhinostomy can be done on an outpatient basis under local anesthetic. It has a short recovery time since no incision is made as the surgery is performed only through the nostrils.
Managing Ocular Emergency Surgeries
Ocular emergencies, such as eye injuries, central retinal artery occlusion, and retinal detachment are common cases that require prompt treatment. Time is of the essence when managing these cases and treatment will often involve emergency surgery. However, before surgery can be performed, the ophthalmologist will first need to diagnose the condition carefully. Diagnosis will involve an eye examination and simple tests. In some cases, pain will prevent the patient from allowing the eye to be examined. The ophthalmologist may need to use a topical anesthetic to control the pain. Evaluating the condition will necessitate an examination of the eyelids, orbits, cheeks, and forehead. Several visual tests may also be needed to come up with an accurate diagnosis, which is crucial in providing the most appropriate treatment.
Ptosis Correction - Frontalis Sling Surgery
Ptosis is an inherited or acquired condition characterized by the drooping of the upper eyelids. A mild case of ptosis only affects the facial appearance of a person. However, severe cases will affect the person’s vision. Unfortunately, the condition will not correct over time. Thus, surgery is often recommended. The surgical procedure used to correct ptosis depends on the type of condition. If the condition is congenital, the procedure will involve shortening and strengthening the levator muscle. If the condition is due to age, the levator muscles will be reattached or shortened. Regardless of the procedure, local anesthesia with oral sedation is used. Depending on your unique circumstances, these procedures typically last one to two hours. Swelling and pain are to be expected after the surgery but should subside within a week.
Retinal Laser Treatments
Lasers have become the standard in the treatment of a variety of eye disorders that were previously untreatable. In many cases, lasers have prevented deterioration in vision and even total vision loss. Retinal diseases are some of the top causes of vision impairment around the world. Today, lasers are commonly used in the treatment of these diseases. Some of the most common retinal conditions wherein laser treatment is a standard are diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, retinal breaks and detachments, central serous chorioretinopathy, ocular tumors, ocular histoplasmosis, and age-related macular degeneration. Laser treatment is normally painless and takes less than 30 minutes per eye.
Vitreoretinal surgery is a term used to describe a group of procedures commonly performed by ophthalmologists to correct retinal detachment and other types of eye disorders. In the early days of eye surgery, these procedures were performed using conventional surgical instruments. Technology has greatly improved in the recent years and today, many ophthalmologists perform eye surgery procedures with the aid of lasers. Some of the most common conditions that require vitreoretinal surgery are diabetic vitreous hemorrhage, endophthalmitis, epiretinal membrane, intraocular foreign body removal, and the retrieval of the lens nucleus following a complicated cataract surgery. Vitreoretinal surgeries have high success rates and the majority of cases result in restored or greatly improved vision.