Eleven year old Mohammed Nooruddin has cataract in both his eyes. He had developed it by the time he was four years of age, just like his elder sister. Their eye doctor in Karnataka had told them that it was because of the family's history of consanguinity or marriage within blood relations.
Noor's sister had been treated at LVPEI. She is now in the 9th Grade, able to read, write and play outdoors, thanks to a simple corrective surgery in both her eyes that removed the opacity in her natural eye lens and replaced it with a transparent plastic lens. Now the parents were here for Noor. He was only seven years old when he was first here for surgery under Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya. He now needs repeat surgery in his left eye and will be here a week later for cataract surgery in his right eye.
When we meet the family the day after his most recent surgery in the in-patient ward on the third level of the Kallam Anji Reddy Campus in Hyderabad, Noor is obediently complying with the Nurse's direction to tilt his head back so she can instill eye drops. He seems to take the many surgeries in his stride.
We wish him well. And we wish that more families like Noor's seek treatment for cataracts.
Patient: Master Mohammed Nooruddin, seen by Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya