Thursday, 21 May 2015

The best, for good reason

Shazia Shaikh aspires to be an aviation specialist and intended to undergo a LASIK procedure. A Londoner, she researched about L V Prasad Eye Institute with the intention of undergoing the procedure in Hyderabad where she has her ancestral roots from. A visit to Dr Pravin Krishna's clinic  confirmed her opinion that LVPEI compares quite favourably against her London experience of expense, time spent waiting in the clinic and clinician communication, which had been matters of concern. Shazia is appreciative of the doctors and staff at LVPEI for providing explanations soon after the eye examination, and recommends the institute to other international patients. “They are the best, for good reason,” she says.

A chance to relook at life

Swarnakumari Gangadhara, who hails from a small village in Karimnagar district, tells us of the time when she suddenly developed white opacity in her right eye in 2007. After several visits to local doctors, and worried about her deteriorating vision, she came to LVPEI where she was told that she would have to undergo a corneal transplantation. She recalls her anxiety about undergoing the surgery despite her father's and husband's support and encouragement. 

Dr Muralidhar  Rammappa's reassurance gave her the confidence to move ahead and she underwent two corneal transplantations in that year. Swarnakumari has since continued with her studies. She is now holding a job too and is buoyed by her chance to relook at life. She is grateful to the doctor and the hospital, and mentions that her brothers were so touched by the transformation they saw in her that they have pledged their eyes.

Low Vision not an impediment to ambition

The highlight of the 33rd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP) program was the inspirational talk by Rukaiya Vadnagarwala, a young 19 year old girl who has low vision due to oculocutaneous albinism. She had completed her high school a year ago with excellent marks and has been visiting LVPEI for the past 15 years, and using low vision devices such as a telescope for distance tasks, a dome magnifier for near tasks since early childhood. The latest addition to Rukaiya’s armamentarium of devices has been the portable electronic magnifier that she says is her best friend.

Rukaiya’s father, who had accompanied her, was pleasantly surprised at his seemingly shy daughter transformed into an eloquent motivational speaker when talking about her experiences in public. Perhaps her ancestral origins (Vadnagar) partly go to explain the special penchant for public speaking, for it is also the birthplace of our Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi! 

Like most students elsewhere the country, Rukaiya is preparing for entrance examinations to Engineering colleges and has set her ambitions high. She has excellent support from her teachers, parents and her eye care professionals who don’t believe that low vision should be an impediment if one is determined to achieve their ambitions in life.