By Max Patrico Ocaido
Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital has carried out a landmark eye surgery to trauma eye care patients who needed an innovative eye care treatment to save their vision.
As Ugandans on Thursday joined the rest of the globe to celebrate World Sight Day, Lumumba Avenue-based eye hospital was also celebrating this major eye surgery milestone which is the first of its kind in Uganda.
According to R Anandh, Business Head, Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, their specialized doctors managed to save vision of a 12year old Alvin Kabuye and 68year old Eugene Kakuru both of whom had complex eye injury due to accident leading to complex eye disorder.
“Alvin came to us with a history of injury to his left eye with a piece of broken glass while opening a glass bottle. The glass piece led to a cornoescleral tear along with trauma to the crystalline lens causing traumatic cataract and lens rupture with subluxation,” Anandh said, adding that the nature of the injury was very grievous in nature and is potentially a blinding condition if not dealt with urgently.
“However, the procedure of exploration and corneoscleral repair with lensectomy and anterior vitrectomy plus Glued IOL was performed on the child. This surgery is one of a kind and was performed in our Uganda hospital for the very first time,” Anandh added.
Dr. Akbar Saleem, ophthalmologist at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital told members of the press that it took him and the team about one hour to conduct this landmark surgery. He urged the public to visit eye clinics for regular eye checkup saying that most patients are not able to regain their vision because they report to a hospital when it is too late.
“There is lack of public awareness because most of our patients come to us when it is late. All the same we are excited to have restored the vision of this young boy. He is fresh from surgery but all indicators show that he will completely recover his vision,” said Dr. Saleem.
Kakuru is also said to have recovered his vision after it was found that he had complicated pseudophakia with IOL malposition in both eyes. The wrongly placed lens in both the eyes was causing glaucoma and corneal decompensation and was a threat to his vision in both eyes.
Glued IOL is a technique for IOL fixation in eyes with absent or insufficient support which was first invented by Prof. Amar Agarwala in 2007. Since then more than 6000 surgeries have been done by virtue of this technique which involves fixing an intra-ocular lens (IOL) into the eye using fibrin glue.
Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, global leader in eye care with over 75 hospitals across Asia and Africa, is a comprehensive eye hospital offering a one-stop solution for eye ailments. The hospital has been in Kampala for over 2years now.