1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Dr. Annie Mathai received her undergraduate and postgraduate medical training at the prestigious Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, and completed a fellowship in medical and surgical retina at the Sydney Eye Hospital in Australia. She spent several years on the retina faculty at CMC, Vellore. From November 2002 till October 2015, she was a senior consultant at the Retina Vitreous and Uvea services of L V Prasad Eye Institute. Since November 2015, she works at the Drishti Eye Centre. Her areas of interest are vitreoretinal diseases, diabetic retinopathy and uveitis. She has over 50 publications in national and international journals to her credit and has made several presentations in national and international meetings.
2. What are the most common issues that patients come to see you for?
Diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, retinal detachments, Uveitis, retinal infections, epiretinal membranes, macular holes.
3. Do you have any general advice for your patients in terms of your particular area of specialty?
All diabetics need regular retina check-up. The interval of the check-up depends on the stage of retinopathy and not on the visual acuity alone.
4. What's the most challenging aspect of your job?
Performing difficult retinal surgeries.
5. What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
When the patient has a good outcome after retinal surgery.
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