“DIABETES MELLITUS is a fast growing phenomenon in India and soon every fourth diabetic in the world would be an Indian. Such persons are more prone to problems of the retina leading to partial or full blindness,” according to Vitreo-Retinal surgeon Dr Milan Thakkar.
Addressing a press meet here today, Dr Thakkar from Rajkot (Gujrat) who would be visiting the City every third Saturday of the month, said “problems like swelling of the eye, stroke in the eye, entry of a foreign body inside the eye etc are common and diabetic patients are more prone to such things. Ocular veins fail to function normally in such persons.
This is called diabetic retinopathy (DR). There are about 50 lakh people who need DR of which nearly 5 lakh can turn blind if not treated in time,” Dr Thakkar, who has done his Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship from Sankara Nethralaya (Chennai) said. “We have been holding various awareness drives to spread information about this.
Taking help of the media is one of the ways to reach out to more and more people,” the surgeon, who has read important papers at international conferences and contributed to science journals, said.
Dr Thakkar would be available for consultation at Sakshi Eye Care Centre (Old Palasia) every third Saturday and his visit would help the patients from nearby areas suffering from retinal problems in getting proper treatment.
Depending on the condition of the patient, the type of treatment, including surgery, would be advised. Sakshi Eye Care Centre Director Dr Manish Gujarati said among other facilities, cataract operation through laser machine, treatment for glaucoma, paediatric ophthalmology are available at the Centre.
The cost would depend on the line of treatment ranging from just Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 for simple treatment for the primary level patient to Rs 20,000 for vetreo-retinal surgery, the doctors said. “This is about 25 per cent less than what the surgery would cost in the metros.”