Two medical centres launched new technologies on Thursday for better treatment outcomes.

Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) and MedGenome Labs, India, launched next-generation maturity onset diabetes of youth (Mody) genetic test, while Vasan Eye Care customised toric hyperopic implantable collamer lens (ICL) for managing high hypermetropia with astigmatism.

According to V. Mohan, chairman of Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, and president of MDRF, Mody is non-insulin-dependent diabetes affecting those below 25 years. Many patients with Mody, which is a single gene mutation, are wrongly diagnosed as Type-I diabetics and put on lifelong insulin.

MDRF and MedGenome have jointly developed a Mody genetic testing panel through which blood samples can be processed and tested for all 13 known Mody genes and five possible Mody genes, within a short period of time, he said.

“Hundreds of patient samples can be tested in a single instrument run,” he said. In Mody, there is insulin secretion defect. This technology will help in shifting patients on insulin, after being wrongly diagnosed as Type-I diabetics, to tablets, he said.

Customised lens from Switzerland

Vasan Eye Care on Thursday announced the restoration of eyesight of a 25-year-old engineer by implanting customised lens from Switzerland.

Refractive surgeon of Vasan Eye Care Hospital, Asim Kumar Kandar, said, “This is the first time such a surgery has been done in the country, offering a ray of hope to patients who cannot see properly.”

“Implantation of ICL in hyperopia is a challenging task and the presence of astigmatism makes the situation much more difficult because of the small size of the eyeball in such patients. We took help from Switzerland-based STAAR surgical company for manufacturing the lens that took more than 45 days’ time. According to a company report, they have not made this kind of lens before,” said Dr. Kandar.

After the surgery, the patient is doing extremely well with full range of vision in both eyes, without any glasses, and he is able to see perfectly near, intermediate and distance objects.

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