I had a very busy Sunday. While I was out mountain-biking in a palm oil estate with friends, my wife went into labour with our 3rd child. Luckily, I made it to the hospital in time for the delivery by Prof PC Tan . Our son’s name is Jae-Ren (which means outstanding and kind in Chinese). Both mum and baby are now safely home and our whole family is delighted with the new addition. Our two older daughters are doting on their little brother.
Sleepless Nights and Diapers…Again!
Having had 2 children before, you would think that I would be an expert with babies now but I was surprised at how much I had conveniently forgotten! The sleepless nights, diaper changes and how tiny and fragile new born babies are.
I was at work the day after the birth as I had several operations already scheduled. One of them was a welder who had a large piece of metal enter his eye. I managed to remove the foreign body with vitrectomy surgery and hopefully he will not develop a retinal detachment or infection in his eye. Retinal detachment after trauma is very difficult to repair as these eyes usually get proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) which is scar tissue on the retinal surface. We usually have to perform a combined scleral buckle with vitrectomy and silicone oil insertion for such cases.
My Work as a Doctor Doesn’t Stop….Either
My patient was not wearing safety goggles while he was welding. Unfortunately, his eye will not have perfect vision any more even if it recovers from this surgery and there is damage to his retina from the metal foreign body. I recommend that you wear safety glasses for sports like squash, badminton, or tennis, where the ball can hit your eye at high speed. The lenses should be made of polycarbonate material which will not shatter on impact. Such blunt trauma can also lead to retinal detachment.
Despite my busy family and work schedule, I hope to be able to regularly update my blog on eye diseases with my thoughts on all things related to the eye. Have a great weekend!