Nearly a month after, 27 eye infection patients were discharged from the Advanced Eye Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical College and Research (PGIMER), the HT correspondent interacted with 15 infected patients and found out that the improvement is not as ‘remarkable’ as claimed by doctors.
While five-six patients have said that there is an improvement from 40% to 60%, the rest could hardly notice any improvement.
“How will I earn my livelihood if my vision is not restored?” asked Swaran Singh (42), labourer from Palsora. He is diabetic and was suffering from poor vision from two-andhalf months.
“Prior to the infection, I could go to work, drive scooter and do outdoor tasks, but things have changed now. I cannot go to work and am surviving on the earnings of my mother,” he said.
Surjit Singh from Mohali said that there is 5%-10% improvement in his vision. 61-year-old diabetic patient was undergoing treatment from the last three months. “This was the first infection and the experience was bitter. But I have nothing to complain against doctors, as they are putting their best efforts,” he said.
Harjinder Singh (47) from Moga, is a tailor whose shop is closed from the last three months. “There was problem with my vision and my work was being impacted; hence I visited the PGI. The doctors assured me that after four injections, my vision will be improved, but it deteriorated after the first injection. Earlier I used to see with my right eye, but now I can hardly see,” he said.
Tara Dutt Sharma from Kharar said that prior to infection, he could drive his vehicle but now he cannot and has a difficulty in recognising faces.
Harbans Singh, husband of Malkit Kaur said, “She had undergone seven injections, with which there was an improvement in her vision. But after the 8th injection on July 12, her vision has badly deteriorated.”
Meanwhile, some patients are showing good improvement. Krishan Kumar (48) from Rajpura is a diabetic and is undergoing eye treatment at AEC since last year.
“Post-injection, I suffered severe pain, swelling and redness in my eyes. My vision was almost gone, but after the treatment, my vision has restored. There is almost 60% improvement.”
Anis Ahmad (67) Saharanpur said, “There is 50% improvement and doctors have said that it will take 10 more days for further improvement. The doctors are putting their best effort and are treating us on priority.”
“The treatment of three years of my father at PGIMER has gone in vain because of that one injection. But, there is some improvement post surgery, earlier he would not recognise me but now he does,” said Gagandeep Singh, son of Pal Singh who got infection.
WHAT DOCTOR HAS TO SAY?
Dr MR Dogra, professor, Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER said, “The patients are improving and they are being regularly examined. The infection is resolved and in many cases the vision is almost back to normal.”
When asked that the many patients are talking of no or slow improvement, he said, “The treatment is minimum six weeks long. Moreover, the patients are confused. Patients already had poor vision that is why they came to AEC and were given Avastin injections. Now, those who have developed eye infection want their vision to improve 100%, but their vision was already poor. We can only control the infection and restore their vision to the level at which they had reported to us.”
On July 12, 30 people developed eye infection after they were injected with Avastin drug at the Advanced Eye Centre, PGIMER.