Thursday, 3 November 2016

Regaining lost confidence

When Salan Bage, 61, visited the OCL Eye Centre in Rajgangpur, Odisha for the first time, he was depressed and worried about his family's future. He owned a petty shop, was the sole earner for his family, but had developed optic atrophy (damage of optic nerves), which had resulted in irreversible vision loss.

Following a detailed eye examination, he was referred to the vision rehabilitation department at the centre. There he received training on daily living, mobility skills, and on how to use the money identifier. Thanks to this training, he is once again able to work in his shop along with his son. Confident of moving around independently with the help of his white cane, he came to the centre all by himself during his last follow-up visit. His regained confidence has also restored happiness in his life.       

An unforgettable handshake

Dr Mayank Mahajan from Agra is currently one of the two fellow doctors posted at the Kuchakulla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre, Thoodukurty, Nagarkurnool district, Telangana. His most memorable experience at the centre thus far: “I operated a deaf and mute lady who had bilateral dense cataract, hampering her vision in both the eyes. It was very difficult to make her understand that she will be undergoing a surgery - gesticulation was the only way possible! The surgery was uneventful and the patient was discharged the next day. After a week, the patient was examined for routine follow-up. She shook my hand and tears poured out from her eyes, probably the only way for her to express happiness. It was indeed an unforgettable handshake!"