What Does It Mean To Study Ophthalmology

Thursday, January 13, 2011 by aiyqosim

Alhamdulillahi wassolatu wassalaamu 'ala Rasulillah SAW...

All praises to Allah, the Ophthalmology End Round Exam just now went smoothly, eventhough frankly speaking, the examiner doctor did answer most of the questions he asked by himself. heheh =)

Anyhow, I specially write this post for you guys, my fourth year Cairo University collegues, to bring up one important question. The question that, for me, is the most crucial of all questions you've successfully answered in the previous exams. A 'must-be-individually-answered' question, which is...



Yes, it takes 2 months in Egypt for a full course of Ophthalmology in Egypt, in comparison to only 2 weeks in Malaysia. But, what have we gained? What have we learnt in this 2 months? Sketch it in your own mind please...

I was astonished, when we started the course in November 2010, that for the whole 2 months, we are discussing about our 2 eye balls and the tissues around it. Just about two tiny little 2.4cm spheres! And it takes also a 4 inches-thick well-known Kanski text book to tell us about these 2 tiny balls.

"What is sooo special about these balls anyway?"

Fovea Centralis

Do you know, that there is an area named Fovea Centralis at the back of the eye, that is responsible for our visual acuity, color vision, and formed sense? It is the part that is responsible for most of the function of the eye, to see the world. That is to say, the part that plays the 'hero part' of your eye. And do you have any idea how big it is? It's only 1.5 mm in diameter! And you are seeing the whole universe with this 1.5 mm Fovea. Subhanallah...

Eye Ball & Diopter

Do you have any idea, how big(or small) is 1 mm? It is as big as the piece of fingernail you cut every Friday. Or less? =)

The issue is, for every 1 mm change in the horizontal length of your eye ball, there will be a change of 3 Diopter of your vision. If you have extra 1 mm length in your eye ball, your eye power will drop as much as 3 Diopter!

In other words, only 1 mm change in eye ball length will change your vision from crystal-clear to haziness!

The point is, look at how meticulously Allah has created us. How sharp the details are in every organ inside our body, for only as small change as 1 mm will affect our life significantly. Subhanallah...

صُنْعَ اللَّهِ الَّذِي أَتْقَنَ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ

(such is) the artistry of Allah, who disposes of all things in perfect order:

-Surah An-Naml, verse : 88-

The Best Superimpose Machine

Do you know, the eyes differ from all other paired organs in the human body in that each eye perceives one image of the image seen, yet both eyes are seeing from its own different visual angle.

Alhamdulillah, thanks to Mr. BRAIN (Area 18) for being the best super-impose machine ever! And also, thanks to Extra Ocular Muscles for having equal muscle balance in order to bring both eyes directed to the same object of regard. Subhanallah...

Precorneal Tear Film

Please refer to previously written post... LINK


Again, let us remember one thing. To seek for the truth, or to find the miracles beyond Allah's creation, it is as simple as to see into ourselves!

وَفِي أَنفُسِكُمۡ أَفََلا تُبۡصِرُونَ

"As in your selves, will ye not then see?"

-Surah Ad-Dzariaat. verse : 21-


So, have you got the message? We are not ordinary students. We are Muslim students. So make a difference!

Give meaning to what you've learnt. Seek for the signs of The Creator in everything we do, in everything we study, in everything we see, as it is the principle of learning that Allah has thaught and shown to us in Surah Al-Qhaashiah, verse 17-20;

"Do they not look at the camels, how they are created?

At the heaven, how it was raised high?

At the mountains, how they were set down?

And at the earth, how it was spread out?

So remind, [O Muhammad]; you are only a reminder."

So.... have you got the answers? ;)

Jazakumullah kheir, thanks for reading.


p/s : E.N.T, here i come! yahhooo~
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