GMC starts 2 corneal transplants per week

“For now, every week, we will carry out two corneal transplants,” Dr Tariq Qureshi, head Department of Ophthalmology at SMHS Hospital said.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Aug 13 2017 1:08AM | Updated Date: Aug 13 2017 1:08AM
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Two corneal transplants were carried out at Government Medical College (GMC) here, continuing the newly started eye transplants, and paving way for a full-fledged eye-bank in Kashmir. Seven blind people have received corneal transplants in the past three weeks.

On Saturday, two people with blindness were given donated corneas, a surgery that will give them a new lease to vision. The patients, as per hospital authorities, were a 56-year old woman from Shopian and a 60-year old man from Khanmoh. Doctors called the surgeries “successful”.

So far, seven corneal transplants, including the ones done on Saturday, have been carried out at the Department of Ophthalmology at SMHS Hospital of GMC Srinagar, hospital records said. Doctors at Ophthalmology department said that the facility for the advanced “eye transplant” surgery would be further augmented in near future. 

“For now, every week, we will carry out two corneal transplants,” Dr Tariq Qureshi, head Department of Ophthalmology at SMHS Hospital said.

GMC Srinagar was in the process of creating a full-fledged eye-bank for Kashmir, a facility, that authorities said would bring eye sight to hundreds of blind here. “Corneal opacity affects hundreds of people. And it is cent percent curable. We just need to put the things together,” Dr Qureshi said.

The department plans to start a mass-media campaign for eye donation from 25 August to 8 September to motivate people to come forward and pledge their eyes.