Monday, 2 September 2013

Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) surgery for Kanakappa

This is the story of Kotha Kanakappa who hails from Avangapur in Narayanpet mandal of Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. Unfortunately for him, at the age of 55, he developed vision problem in both his eyes and was confined to his house. He was even unable to attend to his daily chores.

As he was carrying on in this difficult condition, after about a year, his son came to know of an eye camp at Kaverammapeta. On being taken there, Dr. Mallikarjun referred him to L V Prasad Eye Institute. At LVPEI, Dr. Somasheila Murthy performed Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) surgery on Kanakappa, once in the left eye, and two times in the right eye.

Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) refers to the replacement of the host cornea with a donor cornea. It is used with success in patients with decreased visual acuity secondary to corneal opacity, in the treatment of corneal thinning or perforation, for the removal of non responding infectious foci and for the relief of pain. Penetrating Keratoplasty (PK) may be combined with cataract surgery, secondary intraocular lens implantation, glaucoma surgery and retinal surgery.


Post surgery, Kanakappa’s condition has improved significantly, and he is able to carry out his activities effectively. He says he goes to his field, goes to the nearby hotel for a cup of tea and is able to carry out his daily activities and is again self dependent. He is full of gratitude for Dr. Somasheila Murthy and LVPEI. He says LVPEI has brought back "light into his life".

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