GMC, AIIMS to conduct blindness survey in Kashmir

Over 100 cornea transplants, also called eye transplants, have been carried out at the department.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 16 2018 11:44PM | Updated Date: Oct 16 2018 11:45PM
GMC, AIIMS to conduct blindness survey in KashmirFile Photo

Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar and AIIMS New Delhi would conduct a joint survey to assess magnitude of blindness in Kashmir. This was announced by the GMC on the occasion of World Sight Day last week. The department took a review of facilities meant to improve eye care in Kashmir and reduce blindness. A statement said over 100 cornea transplants, also called eye transplants, have been carried out at the department which has established super-specialty clinics like retina clinic, glaucoma clinic, corneal clinic and squint clinic apart from providing basic eye care facilities.  Prof Tariq Qureshi, who heads the department said the department conducted 105 corneal transplants which include 100 cases of full thickness Kerotoplasties and advanced procedures of DALK (Deep Anterior Lamellar Kerotoplasty) (four patients) and Descemets Stripping Automated Endothelial Kerotoplasty (one patient) in the past year. The department has been able to eliminate corneal blindness in these patients. It is planning to introduce corneal transplant at district levels also.

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