A three-member team of senior ophthalmologists from Gwalior on Tuesday was rushed to Sheopur district, 380 km from Bhopal, after 17 patients complained of ‘blurry vision’ after undergoing cataract surgery at a camp here on November 27.
Of the 30 patients the team examined on Tuesday, eyesight of two patients was found to be partially affected. However, the team said, further tests were required to ascertain the exact cause.
Not taking any chances after the Barwani fiasco, where medical negligence during a camp left more than 40 patients with blurred vision, the state health department also sent two senior health officials from Bhopal, including director health KL Sahu, to Sheopur to investigate the matter.
However, state health minister Narottam Mishra told HT that no lapses in the cataract surgeries were found during preliminary investigation. “We have sent two senior health officials to Sheopur to look into this matter. Besides, three ophthalmologists from Gwalior are also testing the vision of the patients. So, at this stage, there is no need to order any probe,” he said.
Chief medical and health officer (CMHO) Sheopur district Dr Pradeep Kumar Mishra said the team of doctors, comprising Dr Nirmala Chhatrashali, Dr Rakesh Gupta and Dr SK Puranik, checked the vision of 30 patients on Tuesday.
The remaining patients would be examined on Wednesday.
“The doctors have not found any operation-related complications till now,” he said.
Ophthalmologist Dr Rakesh Gupta told HT over the phone that the patients had come to get their stitches removed on Tuesday.
“After removal of the stitches, the patients have to wear glasses for a month. When the stitches are removed, it is common for some patients to complain of blurry vision for some time. Some people who are complaining of blurry vision will be alright once they wear glasses for a month,” he said. “Just in the case of two patients we found their eyesight to be partially affected, but it doesn’t seem to be due to the operation. It seems to be a refractive error related to old age. We will conduct some more tests on them to see why their vision is partially affected.”
The recent scare comes on the heels of the eye camp held in Barwani between November 16 and 21, where botched cataract surgeries left more than 40 patients with blurred vision and led to the suspension of the district civil surgeon.
After being operated on at a similar eye camp organised by the state health department in Sheopur on November 27, 17 of the 66 patients operated on began complaining of blurred vision on Monday, following which the administration sprung into action.
The state government on Tuesday evening issued a statement that the Sheopur eye camp patients were able to clear the “finger count test” administered by the team of senior ophthalmologists from Gwalior and that “no other health problem was found in patients except slight diminishing of vision”.