LVPEI adds new feather to its cap

LVPEI adds new feather to its cap
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LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) became the first in east India to perform viscocanalostomy, a type of non-penetrating glaucoma filtration surgery for glaucoma patients, earlier last month. Dr Aparna Rao, LVPEI’s glaucoma consultant in Bhubaneswar, had performed the surgery on three patients aged between 38 and 62 years.

LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) became the first in east India to perform viscocanalostomy, a type of non-penetrating glaucoma filtration surgery for glaucoma patients, earlier last month. Dr Aparna Rao, LVPEI’s glaucoma consultant in Bhubaneswar, had performed the surgery on three patients aged between 38 and 62 years. “The technique targets the Schlemm’s canal, which is the main pathway for the drainage of fluids out of the eye.

It is a good alternative for those patients who have higher risk of complications when operated with trabeculectomy, standard procedure for glaucoma,” Rao said. Glaucoma is seen as the leading cause of irreversible blindness in India. It is a disorder associated with pressure in the eye and is characterised by damage to the optic nerve leading to irreversible blindness.

The disorder is not a single disease, but has multiple causes, with a final common insult, which is injury to the optic nerve. Currently, in India, every eighth individual aged 40 years or older either has glaucoma or is at risk of developing the disease. 11.2 million Indians suffer from the disease, including children. Narrating her experience on handling these cases, Dr Aparna Rao added that viscocanalostomy may help lower the number of anti-glaucoma medications needed to achieve target intra ocular pressure.

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