BANGALORE, December 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
The child was suffering from Irido corneal dysgenesis syndrome, a rare congenital eye disease
Lara Waleed, a four-year-old from Yemen, was suffering from a rare complex eye disorder called corneo lenticular adhesion syndrome. Irido corneal dysgenesis is a condition wherein there is an adhesion between cornea iris and lens. The condition disrupts vision and if left untreated can lead to permanent loss of vision. In the case of Lara Waleed, she was suffering from Irido corneal dysgenesis in her right eye from birth. Her condition was such that, apart from cornea iris and lens being stuck to each other, her lens had cataract, which obstructed her vision. Further, owing to the syndrome, she had also developed glaucoma.
As it was a rare disorder, the parents took her to Egypt for treatment. At the age of one, she had to undergo two surgeries. While the surgeries helped in correcting her glaucoma, it did not correct her vision. The treatment went on for two years. But Lara's condition continued to worsen and she was not able to see anything. This led the doctors to inform her parents to discontinue Lara's treatment because any further surgical intervention could lead to Phthisis (Shrinking) of her right eye.
The family did not give up hope. Their search for an advanced treatment for their child led them to Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital in Bangalore. On arrival, the child had very minimal vision. In fact, she could barely see light with her right eye. After detailed examination, Dr. Bindiya Hapani, Cataract Surgeon and Medical Retina Expert, Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital and team identified that the child was not only suffering from Irido corneal dysgenesis and cataract but also from persistent pupillary membrane (a condition wherein bits and pieces of the pupillary tissue strands remain in one's iris) along with ciliary process pulled in the pupillary area. Ciliary processes are formed by the inward folding of the various layers of the choroid, the area between the retina and the sclera. Though a high risk case, as the condition was progressing towards permanent loss of vision, Dr. Bindiya and team decided to take up the case and give Lara a chance to vision. They administered a complex eye surgery that lasted for four hours. Today, the child has not only been cured of her rare condition, she has started identifying objects.
Elaborating about the treatment, Dr. Bindiya Hapani, Cataract Surgeon and Medical Retina Expert, Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, said, "Apart from treating the Irido corneal dysgenesis, the biggest challenge in Lara was the tendency of her eyes to shrink. Further, being young, the tissues inside the eyes are very minute and tender, the treatment called for multiple interventions on these tiny tissues that also posed a high risk. We opted for a systematic approach that lasted around four hours. First, we cleared the pupillary membrane, removed cataract and fixed IOL (Intraocular lens). Then we addressed the ciliary process, released them and restored her vision."
Sharing their joy, Mr. Waleed (father of the patient) said, "Last four years have been frustrating. We have been mentally and physically drained. We had completely lost hope of saving our daughter from becoming visually challenged until we met the doctors at Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital. I am thankful to the ophthalmic experts for not only restoring the vision but also for giving us back our cheerful Lara."
The case of four-year-old Lara is not only a testimony of medical expertise; it also stands as a tall example of how compassion and care cannot be restricted by boundaries.
About Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital:
Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital a comprehensive eye hospital offering a one-stop solution for eye ailments; was started in the year 1957. Now the hospital is in its 57th year of offering quality services in eye care. It has 15 branches in Chennai and a visible footprint in the states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Andaman and Rajasthan. A tertiary eye care centre at Mauritius, marks its first step towards establishing an international presence extended upto 13 branches covering the Indian Ocean region, African countries and East Asia.
The hospital has received various awards for its inventions and services. In March 2006, Late Dr. J Agarwal, Founder-Chairman, was awarded Padma Bhushan by the former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for his dedicated services to the poor and downtrodden. The hospital received visibility in the global arena for its inventions - Micro-Phakonit (Cataract surgery with 0.7 mm size incision) in 1999 and 'Glued Intraocular Lens Implant' performed on a four-year-old girl in January 2008 by Prof. Amar Agarwal. In February 2009, the world's first Anterior Segment Eye Transplant Surgery was performed on a four-month-old child to treat corneal disorder. In November 2013, for the first time in the World, Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, Chennai transplanted a one-year-old donor cornea giving a new lease of sight to a 60-year-old man through the new technique PDEK (Pre Descemet's Endothelial Keratoplasty).
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