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Dr. B N Shankar

MBBS, DOMS, F.D.O.A

Ophthalmologist, Bangalore

45 Years Experience  ·  150 at clinic
Dr. B N Shankar MBBS, DOMS, F.D.O.A Ophthalmologist, Bangalore
45 Years Experience  ·  150 at clinic
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Dr. B N Shankar is an experienced Ophthalmologist in Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore. He has over 45 years of experience as a Ophthalmologist. He studied and completed MBBS, DOMS, F.D.O.A . He is currently practising at Shankar's Eye & Contact Lens Clinic in Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore. You can book an instant appointment online with Dr. B N Shankar on Lybrate.com.

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MBBS - Mysore Medical College, - 1972
DOMS - minto Eye Hospital, - 1978
F.D.O.A - Fellow Of Delhi Opthalmic Association, - 1980
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Karnataka Ophthalmic Society

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Hello my name is shama. I want to know that my eyesight is a little weak. But I don't want to wear spectacles all the time. What's the other options for me?

FICO, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Gandhinagar
Hello my name is shama. I want to know that my eyesight is a little weak. But I don't want to wear spectacles all the...
You may consider contact lens as an alternative. Another option is surgery. Operations done to remove the refractive error (power) of the eyes are known as refractive surgery. There are certain basic criteria that most patients need to fulfill before they can safely undergo refractive surgery. To enumerate, they are: (1) stability of refraction: the power of the eyes should have become stable for a period of 1.5 years minimum without any change. (2) curvature of the cornea should be tested by a technique which is known as topography. (3) thickness of the cornea should be measured by a test known as pachymetry. The minimum thickness required is 550 microns. (4) dilated retina evaluation: this is one of the most important tests that should be performed by a trained retina specialist. This test helps in detection of any offensive lesion on the central or peripheral retina. In case of any retinal abnormality, these should be treated before undergoing the surgery for number reduction. (5) there should be no pre-existent corneal abnormality. (example: corneal scar, opacity, defect, etc.) another important suggestion is that whenever you go for the assessment (the above mentioned tests), you should discontinue the use of contact lenses at least 4 weeks prior to the assessment. The reason for this being that use of contact lens temporarily alters the contour of the cornea. It takes around 3-4 weeks for the restoration of the original corneal contour after removal of the contact lens. Another important point is that you, as a patient, should be compliant to put post operative medication in your eyes for at least 2 months. There is bound to be some discomfort, watering, foreign body sensation, pain after the surgery in most cases-you should be ready to tolerate that. A leave from work for 7-10 days after the surgery should be generally sufficient. Last but not the least, you should set realistic expectations from this surgery. Though extremely rare, there is a remote possibility that the surgery may need to be repeated. Also, the need for subsequent treatment for the eye may be required. Thus, you should be compliant enough to trust and follow your eye specialist.
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I wear contact lens and it is for six months expiration and after one month my eyes are starting to go red for a long while after I take out my contact lens. What should I do. Is there any medicine for this. Or any eye drop.

FPRS, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Pune
I wear contact lens and it is for six months expiration and after one month my eyes are starting to go red for a long...
your contact lenses are monthly ,or yearly disposable ,, pls share details perhaps you are having contact lens intolerance. you could either wait for few weeks and then start wearing them after showing it to eye doctor till then continue using glasses
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I'm having dry and burning eyes which feel watery and tired aswel. How can I cure it? Is it cause of increased body heat? Can Ayurvedic medicines like potato ghanvati punarnava google and prawal panchamrita useful in treating it?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
I'm having dry and burning eyes which feel watery and tired aswel. How can I cure it? Is it cause of increased body h...
dry eyes burning sensation occurs due to piitta vikruti take yashtimadhu churna along with ghee twice in a day avoid green chilies salty spicy vadapav junk nonveg diet eat cow ghee along with food consult privetly for more details prawal panchamruita should be godudha bhavit not ark bhavit ayurvediy treatment changes according causes and diagnosis
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Sometimes I have a serious headache on one side of my brain. Its aches a lot like I have to stop what I am doing close my eyes and try to relax to let it go. I want to know that is it just a headache or a migraine or something else?

MBBS
General Physician, Kolkata
Sometimes I have a serious headache on one side of my brain. Its aches a lot like I have to stop what I am doing clos...
Hey. Well to say that you are having a migraine headache, then the following things should be present. 1. One sided headache which is very severe lasting for few hours to days. 2. Head ache associated with nausea and vomiting. 3. Sensitivity to loud noise or bright light. 4. Along with this, many people have some triggers for migraine head ache like cheeze, yoghurt, colas, caffeine, stress. Etc. So now, you can very well decide whether you have migraine or not. I hope this helps.) take care.
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Can Eating Carrots Improve Your Vision?

Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmologist, Thane
Can Eating Carrots Improve Your Vision?

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many things you can do to keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. However, there are a number of myths regarding what you should do and what you shouldn't do when it comes to maintaining good eye health.

Here are 5 of those myths busted:

Myth #1: Reading in dim light and sitting too close to the tv hurts your eyes

Fact: Sitting too close to the tv, you may feel eye strain or get a headache from reading in the dark, but it will not weaken your eyes. It fatigues your eyes but does not harm your eye health in any way.

Myth #2: Eating carrots will improve your vision

Fact: Carrots are rich in vitamin a, a nutrient essential for good vision. But eating carrots will only provide a small amount of vitamin a. To get the optimum amount, you need to include other sources of vitamin a in your diet as well, some of which are milk, cheese, egg yolk and liver. Spinach is best for eye health. It has lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which can help prevent cataracts.

Myth #3: If you wear glasses or contacts for a continuous period, your eyes will weaken

Fact: Your eyes will not grow weaker by using corrective lenses. The prescription may change over time due to aging or absence of disease but it has nothing to do with your current prescription. Some children have correctable eye problems that do require glasses to improve the condition.

Myth #4: When you get something in your eye, rub it out

Fact: This is not true for everything that gets in your eyes. If any particle falls in your eyes dust it off. But if it is sand and small debris that gets in your eye, don't touch it. Use an eye wash for flushing it out. If an object gets stuck in your eye, don't remove it or rub your eye constantly. Visit a doctor at the earliest because some serious injuries may seem minor at first.

Myth #5: Dark sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun

Fact: The color of sunglasses does not ensure eye protection. Look for sunglasses that block both uva and UVB rays. Exposure to the UV-rays of sunlight can have cumulative effects on your eyes. It increases your risk for cataracts, solar retinitis, and age-related vision loss. Even if your contacts have UV protection, wear sunglasses that block 100% of uva and UVB rays for full protection. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ophthalmologist.

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I have red eyes, sore throat and running nose from the past one week. What should I do to cure it?

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
I have red eyes, sore throat and running nose from the past one week. What should I do to cure it?
Take tab. sinarest it contains ( Acetaminophen+ Pseudoephedrine+ chlorpheniramine). Acetaminophen, chlorpheniramine, and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine used to throat infection and treat headache, fever, body aches, runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and sinus congestion caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu. Do gargle with warm water thrice a day. Drink warm water also. Take plenty of water, liquid diet, dalia, green veg., orange. avoid cold things, avoid cold drinks. Avoid Oily foods. If symptoms are from more days or again persist then do few tests for confirm causes of it.. i.e. CBC. welcome in lybrate.
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Noticed unpainful red bumps at the back of my tongue. Like big enough to be visible and around 5 in number. Anything serious?

DRCH, BHMS
Homeopath, Bareilly
Noticed unpainful red bumps at the back of my tongue. Like big enough to be visible and around 5 in number. Anything ...
May be it is due to infection. Most of the time this type of eruption resolve it self by time. Avoid spicy, too salty and too sweet food. Drink plenty of water. You may take becosule capsule twice daily.
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One of my eyes is red and have a little pain from yesterday. I can see the miniature blood vessels red in color. Is it something serious or will it just go.

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
One of my eyes is red and have a little pain from yesterday. I can see the miniature blood vessels red in color. Is i...
Hello there are many causes for redness of eyes mainly allergy, infection, inflammation and dry eyes etc. 1. Redness + itching: allergy 2. Redness + pain + watering + decreased vision: infection 3. Redness + pain: inflammation 4. Redness foreign body sensation: dryness if there is only redness then it is normal as slight exposure to dust, temperature or air or eyes may be red in morning. Stress may also cause redness. I usually do not treat when there is only redness, you can 1. Blink a lot 2. Wash eyes with fresh water 3. Cold compresses 4. Use lubricating eye drop like flogel these measures will help to keep your eyes healthy but it will not have any effect on redness (treating general redness alone is not necessary also) having said that you should consult local ophthalmologist for proper examination and treatment.
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I have lesson about zica virus which is red sight for india too how we could save our children from this.

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
I have lesson about zica virus which is red sight for india too how we could save our children from this.
1. Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs. 2. Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito netting. 3. Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home. 4. Sleep under a mosquito bed net.
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I have a eye related problem I can't see clear nearby things I used glasses but still the same problem? Help.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I have a eye related problem I can't see clear nearby things I used glasses but still the same problem? Help.
I think your problem is Hypermetropia.Toconfirm the diagnosi you should visit an eye specialist and myself being a homoeopath willurely guide you how to improve your eye sight with some very effective homoeo medicines and exercises .
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My weight is to high how should I loss it and my eyes also used to pain please tell me the solution to repare it.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
My weight is to high how should I loss it and my eyes also used to pain please  tell me the solution to repare it.
You can lose weight easily if you are patient and determined to shed those extra kilos. You just have to alter your daily routine, watch what you eat and be physically active. This requires you to be on your weight loss commitment for quiet long. For a start please follow: 1. Cut down the excess carbs. If you want to lose weight you should start by avoiding sugar and starch (like bread). A low carb diet reduces your hunger and makes it easier to eat less. And it might even increase your fat burning at rest. 2. Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals will not make you lose weight faster. That strategy backfires because your body thinks food is in short supply, so it slows your metabolism in order to conserve energy. Over time, the result is that when you do eat — even if you consume the same foods as always — your body will be slower to use the calories as fuel, thus creating a backlog of unwanted pounds. 3. Stay hydrated. You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again. That's because drinking 64 ounces of water daily is one of the easiest ways to speed up weight loss. Your body needs water in order to efficiently metabolize stored fat. When you shortchange your supply, you're likely to slow down that process, meaning it's more difficult for you to burn calories. An easy eight glasses a day (at least!) will keep your system running smoothly. 4. Start exercising. Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories — at work or at rest — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The more lean muscle you have, the faster you'll slim down. How do you start strength training? Try some push-ups or a few squats or lunges. Use your free weights to perform simple biceps curls or triceps pulls right in your home or office. Do these exercises three to four times per week, and you'll soon see a rapid improvement in your physique. 5. Go for an evening walk. An evening activity may be particularly beneficial because many people's metabolism slows down toward the end of the day. Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner increases your metabolic rate and may keep it elevated for another two or three hours, even after you've stopped moving. What that means for you: Those dinner calories have less of a chance to take up permanent residence on your hips. 6. Take adequate rest. You should also make an effort to get enough good sleep, preferably every night. Strive to wake up refreshed of your own accord, independently of the alarm clock. If you’re the kind of person who always gets brutally woken up by the alarm ringing, you might never be giving your body adequate rest. 7. Supplement vitamins and minerals. Nutrient-dense, good food is certainly the foundation of weight loss. But an adequate amount of vitamin D can be difficult to ingest via food. In the case of a lack of sun (such as during the darker months of autumn and winter), it’s wise to supplement for multiple health reasons – and perhaps even for your weight.
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How to get rid off from specs Recently diagnosed eye test Left eye -0.25 Right eye -0.50 If I regularly wear specs can it be cured within 2-3 month How much time it will take to cure?

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
How to get rid off from specs Recently diagnosed eye test Left eye -0.25
Right eye -0.50
If I regularly wear specs ca...
There is no medication or food for improving eyesight or to get rid of glasses. If not interested in glasses then you can try a. Contact lens b. Lasik laser as your age is now 20 years so your number will not increase now whether you wear glasses or not as number becomes stable at age of 18-20 yrs. Having said that I advise you to eat balanced diet including green vegetables and seasonal fruits for keeping eyes and body healthy. If you are not comfortable with contact lens then go for lasik. Lasik is a very easy and painless procedure. If you want to get rid of glasses then go for lasik. Power of your glasses is very small. You need not to worry.
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Since the past few months, my eyes have been watering, irrespective of the season. Please suggest a remedy.

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
Since the past few months, my eyes have been watering, irrespective of the season. Please suggest a remedy.
Hello this may be due to post menopausal dryness you can 1. Blink a lot 2. Wash eyes with fresh water 3. Cold compresses 4. Use lubricating eye drop like flogel I am sorry but this will persist forever...
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My right eye is continue red in 3days and drop in water more pain my eye now left eye started in pain.

BHMS, MD - Acupuncture
Sexologist, Faridabad
My right eye is continue red in 3days and drop in water more pain my eye now left eye started in pain.
Hello, Mr. Lybrate-user. You can take some homoeopathic medicine. 1. Beladonna 30 (4 globules 3 hourly) 2. Conium maculatum 30 (4 globules 3 hourly) for 3 day a revert keep a gap 10 - 15 minutes anyone medicine.
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I have my eye number problem. I want to check my numbers. So how to reduce my eye number at home With home tips. please help me I have lots of my eye number. please advice me. Fast.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
I have my eye number problem.
I want to check my numbers.
So how to reduce my eye number at home
With home tips. plea...
First of all visit an Eyespecialist to confirm Weak eyesight so that you can put required glasses,thereafter consult me.Myself being a homoeopath, will advise you to undergo homoeopathic treatment as homoeopathic medicine along with exercises and a diet plan are very effective combination for improving eyesight and slowly removing your glasses permanently.consult me
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LASIK Lasers- A Double Edged Sword, Myths About Them

MBBS, DOMS, MS - Ophthalmology, , Fellowship in phacoemusification
Ophthalmologist, Patna
LASIK Lasers- A Double Edged Sword, Myths About Them

Considering lasik lasers (for eye glass removal) for their eye glass removal. One must read this as it has some serious implications/complications if done in haste.

There are lot of benefits by being myopic (eye power less than -3 d) and disadvantages in going for lasik laser in young age with low eye power.

You may never need glasses after 40 years (presbyopia) of age for reading if you use glasses or contact lens now instead of getting your glasses removed by lasik lasers (for powers less than - 3d and around -3d) but after lasers you may need the same so going for laser may keep you free from glass for roughly 15 to 20 years only. The myopia can come back even after lasik surgery.

There are variety of complications with lasik lasers like glare, halo and problem in colour contrast, dry eyes, problem in night vision, serious complications like corneal ectasia (may need corneal transplant) although advancement in lasers has minimized these issues still one should refrain from it since the percentage of side effects are highly underplayed

 The disadvantages according to my experience outweighs the benefits in young age for those with low myopia (-3d) and considering the risks involved and amount of side effects associated with it which are highly under reported by the doctor.

Lasik operated emmetropic (having normal eye power) are not allowed in airforce, railways and army.

If you are young and advised for lasik in haste without giving due consideration about thickness of cornea, it may result in complications after 5 years and can affect rest of your life.

If you are having high eye power (more than -3d) then there are various issue which should be taken in consideration.

 First and foremost, the corneal (outer membrane for eye) thickness must be measured by pachymetry. Indians have a thinner cornea around 400 to 450 micron as compared to western population (around 600 micron). 

The critical thickness of cornea must be above 300 micron even after lasik lasers to avoid/minimize future complications. 

Since laser burns the cornea, for removing every 1d of eye power, there is a reduction in 35 micron thickness in cornea.

 Indians with average thickness of 400 to 450 micron thickness can only go upto 35*5= 175 micron reduction to ensure that their corneal thickness remains above crucial thickness of 300 micron.

 So patients are advised to take a independent opinion from a experienced ophthalmologist preferably before going for lasik laser since procedure done on wrongly selected patient can lead to life long complication for the patient.

One can use contact lenses which have become quite advanced with time, if one does not want glasses. All that glitters is not gold and not every side effect can be predicted.

Ref- http:/www.lasikcomplications.com.
Consult online/take a second opinion on www. Lybrate. Com/arjunkumarsingh.

Doctor has done 50000 eye surgeries and has pioneered phaco surgery in undivided bihar in 1995 and was the second person to start phacoemusifications in eastern india.

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I have a problem of eye sight week and due to this I feel inconvenience and so I need help and your suggestion so please suggest me.

FICO, DNB Ophtalmology
Ophthalmologist, Gandhinagar
I have a problem of eye sight week and due to this I feel inconvenience and so I need help and your suggestion so ple...
Weak eyesight has multiple factors associated with it. To enumerate a few: (1)Refractive error- Change of the power of glasses is the commonest cause of weak eyesight. In fact, if you have not used glasses previously, it might be possible that you might need to use them now. (2)Age related changes in the lens of the eye-This is generally known as cataract. This is present in varying proportions in a majority of population above 55 years. This means that some degree of cataract is usually found in the age group over 55 years. (3)Retina problem-Different degenerations of the retina usually lead to weakening of the eyesight. The degeneration may be caused due to progressive age. It may also occur due to a high minus number of the eye (myopia). (4)Cornea related problem- Cornea is the anterior (front) part of the eye. Certain issues with the cornea may cause weakening of the eyesight. Thus, it would be a good idea to consult an eye specialist IN PERSON and get your eyes evaluated for the cause of weakening eyesight. Hope my suggestions help. feel free to contact me for any other details that you might require. Take care, regards,- Dr. Chaitanya.
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Eyes are paining alot. I have specs recently I checked my number n I do wear daily but its paining. Wat should I do?

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
Eyes are paining alot. I have specs recently I checked my number n I do wear daily but its paining. Wat should I do?
Hello dear that pain must be due to dryness 1. Glasses has nothing to do with it 2. Blink a lot 3, cold compresses 4. Use lubricating eyedrop like flogel frequently consult your ophthalmologist for proper check up and treatment.
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What should I do after contact with someone else's blood or saliva? Why My eyes are always red.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
What should I do after contact with someone else's blood or saliva?
Why My eyes are always red.
Any External contact with blood /Saliva will not harm you unless or until your blood dont comes in contact with other blood/saliva.Just wash hand with soap . .Eyes appear red because the vessels at the surface of the white portion of the eye (sclera) become swollen. Vessels may swell due to: • Eye dryness • Too much sun exposure • Dust or other particles in the eye • Allergies • Infection • Injury Eye infections or inflammation can cause redness as well as possible itching, discharge, pain, or vision problems. These may be due to: • Blepharitis: Swelling along the edge of the eyelid. • Conjunctivitis: Swelling or infection of the clear tissue that lines the eyelids and covers the surface of the eye (the conjunctiva). This is often referred to as "pink eye." • Corneal ulcers: Sores on the cornea most often caused by a serious bacterial or viral infection. • Uveitis: Inflammation of the uvea, which includes the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. The cause is most often not known. It may be related to an autoimmune disorder, infection, or exposure to toxins. The type of uveitis that causes the worst red eye is called iritis, in which only the iris is inflamed.
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How to cure vkc conjunctivitis permanently Please help me I am suffering this from past 4 years I am using medicines also.

Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Sangrur
How to cure vkc conjunctivitis permanently
Please help me I am suffering this from past 4 years I am using medicines ...
Hello I am sorry but there is no permanent treatment for VKC Precautions A. Avoid dust exposure B. Cold compresses C. Avoid rubbing Treatment A. Antiallergic eyedrop like olopatadine twice daily B. Lubricating eyedrop frequently like refresh tears C. Mild steroid like fluorometholone in tapering doses for severe cases
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