City hospital now offers advanced LASIK surgery at subsidised rate

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 27 March 2019

“It is very important to evaluate patient’s condition for eligibility before the procedure to ensure safety and good results. Towards that, we perform a complete eye examination, along with corneal topography." said Dr Bhat

PUNE: The Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) eye surgery is now available at a subsidised rate for people at a city-based hospital. 

At the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, patients can now undergo LASIK surgery, which is considered to be very effective in lowering the high-power spectacles-dependency of patients. 

A city-based couple recently donated a new excimer laser machine ‘Wavelight EX 500’ by ‘Alcon’ to the hospital. The machine was inaugurated by actress Mrunal Kulkarni on Sunday.

LASIK is a 10-minute laser procedure done with high precision to correct refractive errors. It is used for eligible patients above 18 years of age.

Dr Madhav Bhat, Head of Department (HOD), Ophthalmology Department, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, said this surgery cannot be done on all patients, who use glasses.

“It is very important to evaluate patient’s condition for eligibility before the procedure to ensure safety and good results. Towards that, we perform a complete eye examination, along with corneal topography. This procedure, being advanced, facilitates fast recovery so that the patient can read a book or watch TV on the second day and can join regular office work in about seven days of the surgery,” said Dr Bhat.

He pointed out that LASIK is often mistaken for cosmetic surgery. “The high-power spectacle dependency plays a huge role in a person’s day-to-day life. While riding a bike in the rain, wearing a helmet or in many such small tasks which are easy for other people, for those with spectacles become a handicap. We want to spread a message that LASIK surgeries should not be looked at a tool just to make one look good or eligible for arranged marriage. It actually adds a great quality to the day-to-day life of the person,” added Dr Bhat.

Dr Dhananjay Kelkar, Medical Director of the Hospital, said despite using a high-quality machine, the surgeries will be done at subsidised rates for the needy patients.  

“City-based couple Parimal and Pramod Chaudhari have come forward to make the otherwise costly surgery subsidised. The Chaudharis have donated a large sum to the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, through which the hospital has procured one of the most advanced excimer laser machine that enables performing LASIK eye surgeries,” said Dr Kelkar.

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