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Global recognition for Dr Hardia

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 16:15 IST

CITY-BASED eye surgeon Dr Pratapsingh Hardia, who has been operating upon children with myopia, is satisfied and happy that international experts would discuss the unique technique with which he has been successfully curing thousands of patients for the last 28 years.

The joint meeting of American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), to be held at Las Vegas (USA) in November 2006, is scheduled to discuss in the Open House on November 13 the operating procedure for preventing myopia in children as practiced by Dr Hardia. The doctor finds mention in the Guinness Book of World Records for carrying out largest number of operations.

Giving details about the surgery method, Dr Hardia, who has presented research papers in many international conferences earlier, said, “generally, in a child with myopia the lens number keeps increasing in negative (minus number) till the age of 18-20. This leads to many complications and if untreated, the person may lose vision if the eye enlarges too much to yield a more negative number. (For every 1 mm enlargement, the number increases by –3).’’

‘‘The procedure involves stitching a lyodura behind the eye, preventing it from enlarging axially with the help of posterior scleral support and then reducing the tension on the eye with a filtering surgery so as the size of the eye does not increase.’’

However, it’s easier said then done and Dr Hardia is the only eye surgeon in the world to carry out this particular corrective surgery. Dr Hardia has also been performing radial keratotomy (since 1973), management of myopia through surgical approach and radial omentopexy among other innovative techniques to treat a range of patients. He has a huge advanced Eye Surgery and Research Institute - with the most advanced state-of-the-art equipment - in Rau area on the City outskirts.

Most patients come from poor section of the society and are given free treatment. Even for those others who can afford payment, the rates are quite nominal as, “I am here to serve people and not earn money,” says the benevolent doctor, who earns the goodwill and word of mouth publicity of thousands of patients he operates upon every year.

Expressing happiness about the fact that his surgery technique would be discussed at the Open House at the Las Vegas conference, Dr Hardia said, “Inventions and discoveries are done so that other people too learn the techniques and use it for the benefit of the society.”

With so many innovations to his credit, the sexagenarian doctor, who says he was inspired by his father - also an ophthalmologist Dr Shiv Prasad Hardia - can lead a laid back life. But, his days are still busy with operating upon patients and meeting a variety of people.

And with all this, the mind is always thinking about new techniques to free humans of modern ailments. Like for instance, incidence of cataract in mid-forties is a new-age syndrome, caused mostly due to pollution at many levels, he claimed and said, “Now I am thinking what can be the cure for this problem facing youngsters.”