Niranjan Pandya Lasik Centre inaugurated

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Monday, 13 May 2019

“I saw the selfless dedication of its founder Dr Machave. Because of him, I came in contact with Niranjan Pandya. In 1974 when we built a school for women at Kothrud, Niranjan Pandya himself came to me and congratulated me for opening a school for women,” said Pawar.

PUNE: Niranjan Pandya Lasik Centre was inaugurated at PBMA’s HV Desai Eye Hospital, Pune, on Saturday. The inauguration took place in the presence of Guest of Honour Pratap Pawar, Chairman, Sakal Media Group, SB Mujumdar, Founder Chairman, Symbiosis International University, and Dr KH Sancheti, Founder, Sancheti Institute for Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation.

LASIK (Laser Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) is a laser eye surgery, used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. It reshapes the cornea to enable light entering the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for a clearer vision. It is a procedure, wherein there is improved vision and one does not necessarily require spectacles or contact lenses, thereon. Lasik surgery has become the need of the hour and hence PBMA’s HV Desai Eye Hospital inaugurated the ‘Niranjan Pandya Lasik Centre’.

Recollecting his association with the visually impaired, Pratap Pawar said that it was in 1968 that he was given the task of being a secretary at The Poona School and Home for the Blind at Koregaon Park.

“I saw the selfless dedication of its founder Dr Machave. Because of him, I came in contact with Niranjan Pandya. In 1974 when we built a school for women at Kothrud, Niranjan Pandya himself came to me and congratulated me for opening a school for women,” said Pawar. He added that in 1977, a London-based ophthalmologist Dr Hingorani came to KEM and since he was working with the institutes for the blind, the doctor contacted him.

“He offered to do free eye surgeries and selected three students. Two of them got their sight back and I will never forget the happiness and satisfaction that I got. With this, I could gauge the amount of work Niranjan Pandya was doing for the visually impaired,” said Pawar.

Pratap Pawar also shared his experiences with the visually impaired while working for Balkalyan Sanstha.

Recollecting his memories of interaction, SB Mujumdar said that Late Niranjan Pandya was a man with great foresight. He had unparallel dedication, love and compassion for the people. The real wealth of this hospital lies in the team he has developed and the goodwill that he has earned from the society.

Dr KH Sancheti said that he was a man with practically no sight, but had great foresight to work for the blind people. The facilities developed at HV Desai Eye Hospital and the dedication of the people is commendable.

Nitin Desai, Chairman, PBMA, Rajesh Shah, President, PBMA, Kishorebhai Vora, Secretary, PBMA, Dr Col M Deshpande, Chief Medical Director, Parvez Bilimoria, Executive Director, PBMA, Dr Kuldeep Dole, Ophthalmologist, Dr Mukesh Paryani, Ophthalmologist, and CEO HV Desai Eye Hospital Dr Rajesh Kapse were also present on the occasion.

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