Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Early Intervention for Aphakia

Krishna Barik, a three year old boy diagnosed with Aphakia in both the eyes, was brought to the NTPC Centre for Rehabilitation at LVPEI Bhubaneswar for early intervention services. Aphakia is the absence of the lens of the eye. This could be due to surgical removal, a perforating wound or ulcer, or congenital anomaly. It causes a loss of accommodation, far sightedness (hyperopia), and a deep anterior chamber. Complications include detachment of the vitreous or retina, and glaucoma. People with aphakia have relatively small pupils and their pupils dilate to a lesser degree.


At the Rehab Centre, little Krishna's every activity was assessed thoroughly. Krishna had developmental delays in areas such as motor skills, speech, cognitive and social skills. The child also had behavioral problems. Though his parents were aware of his condition, they were unable to do anything for their child. They had found no centre in their vicinity to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services.


At the NTPC Centre for Rehabilitation, they were encouraged to begin early intervention services once in a week. Gradually, the parents understood that through a personalized rehabilitation program, their child’s performance would improve to a great extent. The child and the parents have since benefited from the early identification and timely intervention.The efforts and support of the LVPEI team have helped them to cope up with their situation, and they are grateful for that.

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