J&K soon to have first private corneal transplant centre


Jammu, Aug 10: Its a good news for patients having eye diseases especially those with damaged cornea as Jammu and Kashmir will soon have a “first” private corneal transplant centre at Sainik Colony here named as ‘Arudev I Care For Vision Eye Centre’.

Specialised in treating cornea transplant, Dr Ghazal Pushp sharing about the upcoming project, told UNI that it will be the “first” cornea (eye) transplant centre in the Jammu and Kashmir and going to be a boon for those having cornea disease.

“Once cornea, the front part of the eye, gets damaged due infection, swelling, injury or any type of inflammation, the person loses vision and gets hopeless of seeing this beautiful world,” the ophthalmologist said adding, “this centre will revive their lost hopes so that they become part of the society as normal individuals.”

Daughter of renowned ophthalmologist of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr D P Gupta, Ms Pushp after completing her MBBS from Karnataka, MS from Government Medical College and Hospital Jammu, did super specialization in cornea transplantation from Shanker Netralaya, Chennai.

“Seeing my family treating eye patients and making them happy over the period of years, I developed interest into this field and chose this profession by choice,” she expressed asserting that it will be first transplant centre in J&K.

“Cornea disease in an irreversible process and its only treatment is surgery,” she said adding that J&K even do not have full-fledged eye bank but once the centre becomes operational, they have to get cornea imported from other parts of the country having the eye banks.

“The shelve life of the cornea before it is being preserved is 6 to 7 days,” she said and added that people should be made aware of donating eyes so that someone gets vision.

“Generally people have a myth that if eyes are donated, they will be born as blind in their next life but we need to come out this taboo,” she asserted.

“Cornea transplant will not be a costly affair and its transplantation will be around one hour process,” said the specialist.

“Setting up a private eye bank is not a cake walk as many ifs and buts are involved but I think that the government should come up with this unit because treating blind and making them to see God’s beautiful creation is not only a professional deal but also a noble cause,” ophthalmologist said.

Advising people having eye related problems, the doctor said, “one should not take eye related problem casually and avoid self medication. Immediately see a doctor before it is too late.”

Father Dr D P Gupta said that the government should play its role in making people aware on eye related problems, adding, “our generations are treating people since decades of eye problems like glaucoma, cataract and sac surgeries but my daughter will be exclusively treating cornea problem, which is her specialization.”

“Once COVID period gets over, we will be holding awareness camps on cornea and also making people aware on eye donations,” he expressed and said that they will reach poorest of the poor, treat them even free of cost wherever required and motivate people.


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