Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Fuchs’ Dystrophy - My disease, my friend - a poem by Madhura Sengupta

Dear Dr Somasheila,
I sincerely thank you for your precious advice which has given me the relief and much needed confidence to cope with my problem in a city where the number of people who have the patience to hear your troubles is noticeably decreasing. The moment I saw you I was touched by the empathy you have for your patients, which no doubt extends much beyond. With you as my doctor I hope I can manage without an eye transplant for some more years. The day I returned to Calcutta after consulting with you, I wrote down my thoughts about my disease:

Fuchs’ Dystrophy - My disease, my friend
Madhura Sengupta

You came to me,
You stayed with me,
Have been with me
For years silently.

You sat on my eyes,
Never gave me a chance
To see you or know you  
But couldn’t hide for long
Or live a life forlorn;
You made your presence felt,
My eyes smarted and wept,
They turned red and even bled.

Good way to grab attention!
Went on to blur my vision,
You’ll rest on my eyes be sure.
Your place here is secure.

I give you word of honor
I won’t seek eyes from a donor;
This promise isn’t fake,
It’s no sacrifice I make.
I openly admit
From you I benefit.

They call you a disease,
But I can say with ease,
Though my eyes you do weaken,
My mind you enlighten.
You are helping me see life,
In a wholly different light.

Days unpleasantly glare,
Nights comforting n fair,
All objects seem so dull
Pale and unreal,
Only, shadows look real.
That dark could be so pleasant
I never knew before,
Death would surely stay a friend
Ever, evermore.....

Mahesh Thogari’s pursuit of excellence

Over a hot summer in 2010, security guard Mahesh Thogari's acumen was noticed by his seniors in the Security Department Shive Shankar and Nageswara Rao, who suggested he undertake the Vision Technician's course and make a new life. Overcoming financial constraints, Mahesh pursued the one-year course in LVPEI's Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) during 2010-11. He was then deputed as a Vision Technician in Singarayakonda Vision Centre in Kandukur in Prakasam District. He excelled in the 1 ½ years that he worked there, examining patients and educating them about eye care, prescribing spectacles, referring them for cataract surgery if required, and completing all orders for spectacles in time. 

Mahesh's proactive working style earned him a promotion in April 2014 as Vision Centre Coordinator at Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Eye Centre in Markapuram, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, where he supervises Vision Technicians in 7 Vision Centres located in that administrative cluster. His manager Dr Amol Sonawane reports that there has been a 340% increase in community vision screening this year compared to September 2013, thanks to Mahesh's deputation there. Owing to his stellar performance, he has been showcased as an employee extraordinaire by Chairman Dr G N Rao, and Mahesh eagerly waits to share with his father the frame of his photograph with Dr Rao, as soon as he gets back home in Kachapur village in Nizamabad district.

Dr Saquib finds comfort with piggy back lenses

Dr Saquib, a Radiologist from Srinagar, was using Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses to treat his Keratoconus in both eyes, diagnosed a year back. He experienced discomfort due to intolerance to RGP lenses, leading to limited wearing time and suffered from conditions like recurrent corneal abrasions and keratitis. He was also dissatisfied with the quality of vision since it did not fulfill the necessary visual requirements for his professional needs. 

At LVPEI, Consultant Optometrist T Shyam Sunder suggested piggy back lenses (RGP lenses placed over Soft contact lenses) with scleral lenses to be tried as a last option. Dr Saquib was overwhelmed with the comfort and quality of vision with the piggy back lenses, something he had struggled for since a year. He was also highly impressed with the skilled staff and the hospitality at the contact lens department. He is very thankful to Dr Pravin Krishna, Mr T Shyam Sunder and the contact lens team.