Monday, 2 September 2013

Vitrectomy Restores Vision for Sai Keertana

The story is regarding a young girl Sai Keertana from Kakinada in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. Doctors who saw her said that they had little hope in restoring her eyesight as she had developmental defects in both the eyes right from birth. The parents, both of whom were working people, were very distraught with this.

However, on the advise of well wishers and the medical fraternity in Kakinada, they came to LVPEI Hyderabad where Dr Raja Narayanan “created hope, gave assurance and showed the result” in the words of Sai Keertana’s happy mother Mrs Usha Rani. In February 2012, Vitrectomy was performed in the left eye. Vitrectomy is the surgical removal of the vitreous gel from the middle of the eye which is done in cases of retinal detachment. In March 2013, surgery was performed for cataract and an IOL (Intra ocular lens) was implanted. Post surgery, there was significant improvement.

Sai Keertana is now in the seventh standard and with the use of aids like the telescope and stand magnifier provided by the CSE (Centre for Sight Enhancement) at LVPEI, she is able to carry on with her studies. She has come out of the situation in which she had to depend on her mother to read out to her. Though she had a post operative problem of developing cataract, it was also attended to by Dr Pravin Krishna.

Sai Keertana, who is 14 years old, has been under treatment for the last one and a half years. With follow up treatment along with regular check-up every two months, her condition has improved significantly. Back to normal life she is now eagerly pursuing carnatic music apart from her regular studies. With this intervention, not only Sai Keertana, but the entire family has been helped out of the emotional trauma.

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