Monday, 6 June 2016

Spreading the vision in Kalahandi

Seven year old Jagannath Durga from Kalahandi, Odisha came to LVPEI Bhubaneswar on 6th April 2016 complaining of difficulty in seeing the blackboard. On examination, he was diagnosed with Developmental cataract in both the eyes and advised surgery by Dr Vivek Warkad. Post surgery, his vision in both eyes has improved and the parents are very happy. Jagannath's mother Bui Nayak is an ASHA worker in Kalahandi district and she plans to screen all the children in her village every 2-3 months so children with visual problems can be referred to LVPEI. She promises to spread LVPEI's vision of eliminating avoidable blindness.

Thrilled to walk independently again

Saraswati, 68, approached LVPEI's Arjun Waney Eye Centre at Berhampur, Odisha, complaining of diminished vision since 10 years. She suffered from diabetes and hypertension. After examination, she was diagnosed as having OD Pthisis bulbi and OS Primary open angle glaucoma. Effectively, she was one eyed and unable to even walk independently. She relied on her husband who himself was a patient and 7 years older.

Dr Aparna Rao suggested cataract and glaucoma surgeries to restore vision. Accordingly, Saraswati underwent SICS with IOL implantation and trabeculectomy on 6th April.

A week after surgery, she is delighted she can walk independently and even read with a little effort. She and her family sincerely thank Dr Aparna Rao and the team, and wish the institute many more successes in the years to come.