PGI doctor awarded for new surgical technique

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2014 23:17 IST

Dr Jaspreet Sukhija, assistant professor, Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER, has been conferred on The prestigious Prof Hanumantha Reddy Award was conferred on Dr Jaspreet Sukhija, assistant professor, Advanced Eye Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), at a recently-concluded annual conference of the Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at Pushkar, Rajasthan.

Dr Sukhija has been awarded for developing a new surgical procedure in patients with complex type of squint - Duane retraction syndrome.

The condition is usually present since birth and is complicated by miswiring of the eye muscles causing them to contract when they shouldn't and others not to contract when they should, resulting in abnormal movements of the eye and deviation.

Patients usually adopt abnormal head posture to see with both eyes. There is associated limitation of outward and sometimes inward movement of the eye. The eye becomes smaller when it moves inward.

The new surgical procedure for this condition is technically easier and faster as compared to the conventional procedure which takes double the time. This surgery takes about 8-10 minutes and with this single procedure the eyes become straight and the patient is relieved of the abnormal movements.

Dr Jaspreet has performed many such procedures in collaboration with Dr Usha Singh, the technique and results of which have been published in the American Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

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