Misinformation can lead to wrong self-treatment and unnecessary suffering for patients: Dr Mayank Jain

Dr Mayank Jain, MBBS, MD, has specialisation in Pediatric Cataract Surgery, Simple and Complex Strabismus surgery, Adult SICS/PHACO and Neuro-ophthalmology.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

The best thing about treating patients for me is that I am able to help my patients from newborn to senior citizens to see clearly.

When is a patient easy to treat?

It is easy to treat patients who engage in healthy interactive session and understanding their problems and ask questions to clear their doubts.

When is a patient difficult to treat? 

Patients have wrong information from the internet a lot of times and many of them are often bound by old concepts perpetuated in society. When this is not addressed or clarified, it becomes difficult for the patient to develop faith in doctor, which makes treating them tough for us. For example, a common misconception prevalent in society is that Squint or Lazy eye is cured in adulthood all by itself, which is wrong. Squint can cause permanent vision loss, and its treatment should be started as soon as it is diagnosed.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

It is very helpful as it makes our work easy as doctors, and it is also rewarding for the patients.

How can a patient improve his knowledge about the treatment procedure (apart from consulting the doctor, of course)?

It is a serious problem. Misinformation can lead to wrong self-treatment and avoidable suffering for patients. For example, a particular type of cataract, which is called posterior subcapsular cataract that leads to glare from bright light and decreased vision. This is experienced by many patients and they tend to experiment different treatments on their eyes, which can lead to serious concerns.

A few advice that you always give to your patients (about staying healthy, about escaping misinformation etc.)

I encourage my patients to trust the proofs and not just information. Many patients have a habit of googling everything what they hear, which is not wrong. However, self-diagnosis and self-treatment must be avoided.

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