Restoring vision and bringing smiles

Restoring vision and bringing smiles
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Restoring vision and bringing smiles, Performing first-of-its-kind surgery, LV Prasad Eye Institute has pioneered the implantation of Inflatable Orbital Tissue Expander in India.

India's first eyeball implant surgery conducted at LVPEI

Orbital tissue expanderPerforming first-of-its-kind surgery, LV Prasad Eye Institute has pioneered the implantation of Inflatable Orbital Tissue Expander in India. The new development promises to bring smiles to patients suffering from Congenital Anophthalmia. This problem has been haunting patients with grossly visible asymmetric facial bone growth, leading to a significant cosmetic deformity in adult life. Though an artificial eye could be placed, there was no treatment available till date to stimulate the bony growth in the most natural manner.

Speaking on the surgery, Dr Tarjani Dave, department of Ophthalmic plastic xsurgery, said, “Treating this child with unilateral Congenital Anophthalmia and bony socket contracture with Orbital Tissue Expander was a major achievement for us. Anophthalmic socket is a challenge to treat. The assertion of implanting an Orbital Tissue Expander was to take care of the socket contracture before bone amblyopia, to effectively expand the socket. This mimics natural growth of an eyeball, thereby allowing adequate and symmetrical bone growth.”

Before and after the surgeryCongratulating the team, Dr Gullapalli N Rao, founder and chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute, said, “We look forward to many path breaking achievements at the institute. Let’s hope this case would be another stepping stone to many successes in the future.”

Designed by the doctors in Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, this special implant is fixed to one of the bony walls with special plate and screws. The ball component stays in the natural position of the absent eyeball and can be gradually inflated with saline injections at regular intervals, similar to inflating a balloon. With the new development, those afflicted with Congenital Anophthalmia can have symmetrical bony facial growth and would be able to lead a normal life.

Congenital Anophthalmia, is a case where the eyeball is absent since birth, which gives rise to gross under-development of facial bones around the eye.

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