Rajan Eye Care Hospital gets new equipment, launches centres for retina care and lasik
Eight state-of-the-art ophthalmic devices are the latest addition to the city’s diagnostic and treatment facilities. This includes equipment to treat retinal disorders and to correct short sightedness and long sightedness.
As part of its 18th anniversary celebrations, Rajan Eye Care Hospital has brought in the equipment at a cost of Rs. 12 crore. The hospital also launched the Rajan Retina Foundation, Rajan Femto Lasik Pavilion and Novartis Centre of Excellence on Friday.
“Retinal diseases are on the rise, and diabetic retinopathy is becoming a major problem with the increase in the incidence of diabetes mellitus. Diabetic retinopathy is generally treated with a surgery called vitrectomy for bleeding in the eyes. Now, we have suture-less procedure known as microincision vitrectomy surgery. Through the retina foundation, we want to provide the surgery at subsidised costs to those who need it,” said Mohan Rajan, chairman of Rajan Eye Care.
Through the centre of excellence, the hospital plans to train ophthalmologists in retinal care. “There are around 16,000 ophthalmologists in the country but only 1,500 to 2,000 are vitreo retinal specialists. We want to provide training, conduct continuing medical education programmes and create awareness on seeking early treatment to prevent diabetic retinopathy through the centre,” he added.
The Femto Lasik Pavilion is to treat young patients in the age group of 18 to 45 years for short and long sightedness, using a bladeless lasik procedure.
Governor K. Rosaiah stressed the need for proper diet control and early diagnosis to help reduce diabetic retinopathy. “Creation of awareness among those suffering from diabetes on the need for regular eye tests is necessary,” he said.
Mrs. Y.G. Parthasarathy, dean and director of PSBB Group of Schools, R. Chandrasekar, chief executive officer of Cognizant Technology Solutions and Sujatha Mohan, medical director of Rajan Eye Care also participated.