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New technique for cataract removal

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 17:04 IST
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THE WATER jet technique to remove cataract with the help of latest US made ‘Infinity’ machine is now available at the Rajas Eye and Retina Research Centre, which would be inaugurated on October 2 by Raskunwar and Sampatsinh Choudhary.

The Centre at 152, Kanchanbag, opposite Airtel Office, would become the first in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh and only the 10th in the country to have this facility, Centre’s Director Dr Rajiv Choudhary told a media conference here this morning at the Centre premises.

Speaking about the technique using the machine, Dr Choudhary, an MS (Ophthalmology) who has performed over 40,000 eye surgeries till date, said “The machine uses a jet of special kind of water BSS (balanced sterile solution) which cuts the cataract and simultaneously sucks the pieces through the nodes. As the hole made is very small (about 1 mm), there are no complications and it gets healed automatically.”

The patient can go home the same day and he has only to wear dark glasses for few days, there are no other precautions for this, he informed. The cost of the surgery is not different from the routine surgery but this method gives precision and is hassel-free for the patient, he said.

The Research Centre would focus on any and every retina-related problem and has all latest equipments to treat the patients in house, Dr Choudhary, who has been awarded the Sir Raibahadur Pandit Memorial Award, said

Adding, apart from the ‘Infinity’ (which costs about Rs 35 lakh), the Centre has special machines for glaucoma detection (HRT II – Heidelberg Retinal Tomography) and also for LASIK surgery.

The Centre would also have ophthalmologists Dr Jyoti Jain and Dr Tanuja Kate apart from trained technicians for treating the patients. It would also have a charitable wing wherein right from the OPD to surgery, if needed, would be free of cost for the needy patients.

“We can treat up to 20 per cent patients free,” Dr Choudhary said adding, the Raskunwar Sampatsinh Choudhary Charitable Trust would help us in this aspect.”

Dr Choudhary also informed about the capsulorexis simulator software, patented by him, which trains ophthalmology students learning eye surgeries. With the help of this software, the students would no longer need an actual patient to try surgery, which can, instead be learnt on computer screen.