A 22-year-old man, who was visually impaired since birth and believed that he was doomed to live in perpetual darkness, has gained his sight.
Sanjoy Sen, who had cataract in both eyes since birth and could not see but feel strong light, gained vision after being operated twice.
The operations were performed by Dr Jyotirmoy Dutta of the National Medical College and Hospital whom Sanjoy, pursuing graduation from Netaji Subhas Bose Open University, approached for a certificate to declare him visually handicapped.
Dr Datta, after examining Sanjoy, advised him to get operated. “I told him you are at zero now, why don’t you take a chance?” the doctor said.
He also told Sanjoy, a resident of Durgapur, that unless the cataract was operated on and he fails to restore vision, a certificate of blindness could not be issued.
Sanjoy, who had lost his parents at an early age, agreed for the operation, after which his left eye was operated upon on March 14.
“He responded very well and his right eye was operated on April seven,” Dr Datta said.
The operations were, however, very difficult as it was performed late. Such operations have to be done within six years of birth for a chance to regain vision, the doctor said.
Sanjoy’s retina had become lazy which in medical term was known as stimulus deprivation amloypia, he said.