VISION OF 2 YOUNG ADULTS WHO LOST THEIR SIGHT TO OCCUPATIONAL OCULAR INJURY RESTORED AT DR. AGARWAL’S EYE HOSPITAL
~The patients who work as a pourakarmika and a locksmith were cured through a 2 hour long complex surgery~
Bangalore : Mr. Nagaraj and Mr. Mohammed Azar today are relieved as their vision has been restored after a successful eye surgery at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital. Nagaraj and Mohammed Azar had suffered from ocular injuries while working. Nagaraj who works as a pourakarmika injured his eye while loading garbage into a truck and Mohammed Azar, who is a locksmith, had hurt his eye as he was making a key.
Occupational ocular ailments are injuries that occur during the course of a job. In fact, job related injuries comprise 70% of all the ocular injuries that occurs in the working population.
Hailing from Bangalore, Nagaraj had a normal life until recently. However, his life took an unfortunate turn few weeks ago. A broomstick poked into his right eye injuring it deeply while he was doing his usual chores as a pourakarmika. He was immediately rushed to Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital. On examination it was identified that he had sustained an occupational ocular injury. His cornea was torn and his lens was also damaged causing intraocular infection. The severe trauma also led to traumatic cataract with endophthalmitis affecting the vision of his right eye significantly. He could not see anything beyond one foot.
Similar was the case of Mohammed Azar whose occupation cost him his vision. While working, a metal piece entered into Mohammed’s left eye damaging his sight. During check-up it was diagnosed that the metal piece not only pierced his cornea and lens, it even entered into the retina and got stuck there causing Retinal Detachment. Owing to the injury, he even had a vitreous hemorrhage leaving him with less than 1 meter vision.
While the causes and severity of the injuries suffered by Nagaraj and Mohammed were different, they both suffered from occupation led eye injuries. Though a high risk case, as the youngsters were the breadwinners of their families and more over leaving the injury unattended immediately would cause loss of vision, Dr. Ravi D, Head of Medical Services, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Bangalore along with Dr. Ashraya and Dr. Raghu took up the cases.
Nagaraj’s treatment called for a 2 hour long step by step surgical intervention. His cornea was damaged and fluid was leaking and hence they firstly worked on his corneal tear, followed it up by a lens aspiration. Finally his vision was restored by implanting an intraocular lens. Mohammed Azar required a triple procedure as his retina was also affected. He had to undergo Pars Plana Vitrectomy, Intra Ocular foreign body removal, corneal tear suturing, lens aspiration, IOL implantation, retinal correction and silicon oil implantation. Today, not only have they regained their vision, they have rejoined their respective professions. This kind of scenarios needs multi disciplinary approach of cornea, cataract and retina surgeons.
Elaborating on the cases, Dr. Ravi. D, Head – Medical Services, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Bangalore, said, “Both the cases were challenging as the depth of the injury was not known. It not only called for a detailed investigation but a careful intervention as well. We had to examine the depth of the injury, repair the damaged structures and eventually fix the lens. As the lenses were damaged due to trauma, identifying the power of the lens was also a challenge. Further, the intervention also required us to be extra careful so that the neighbouring structures are not damaged.”
“In Bangalore, we receive around 20 cases of occupation led eye injuries every month. In most cases it is caused due to lack of basic protection. Greater awareness is the need of the hour to prevent such avoidable causalities.” added Dr. Raghu, Senior Consultant, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital
Expressing their joy of regaining their vision, Mr. Nagaraj and Mr. Moahmmed Azar said, “We had no hopes of regaining our vision. If we are back to normal life and carrying on smoothly with our profession, it is only because of the expertise and timely intervention extended by doctors.”
The case of Mr. Nagaraj and Mr. Mohammed Azar not only presents a need for taking protective measures during any kind of working condition but also gives a ray of hope for many who suffer from occupational hazards due to various causes.
About Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital:
Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital a comprehensive eye hospital offering a one-stop solution for eye ailments; was started in the year 1957. Now the hospital is in its 57th year of offering quality services in eye care. It has 15 branches in Chennai and a visible footprint in the states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Andaman and Rajasthan. A tertiary eye care centre at Mauritius marks its first step towards establishing an international presence extended upto 13 branches covering the Indian Ocean region, African countries and East Asia.
The hospital has received various awards for its inventions and services. In March 2006, Late Dr. J Agarwal, Founder-Chairman was awarded Padma Bhushan by the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for his dedicated services to the poor and downtrodden. The hospital received visibility in the global arena for its inventions – Micro-Phakonit (Cataract surgery with 0.7 mm size incision) in 1999 and ‘Glued Intraocular Lens Implant’ performed on a 4 year old girl in January 2008 by Prof. Amar Agarwal. In February 2009, the world’s first Anterior Segment Eye Transplant Surgery was performed on a 4 month old child to treat corneal disorder. In November 2013, for the first time in the World, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Chennai transplanted a one year old donor cornea giving a new lease of sight to a 60 year old man through the new technique PDEK (Pre Descemet’s Endothelial Keratoplasty).