With an eye on the underprivileged

Shanthy Viswanathan
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Eye surgeons Dr.Mohan Rajan and Dr. Sujatha Mohan
Eye surgeons Dr.Mohan Rajan and Dr. Sujatha Mohan

Shanthy Viswanathan

It all started when a 10-yr-old boy wanted to coach underprivileged school students after school hours. He saw a boy struggling to read, not because of difficulties in the language but of high myopia (-25). He approached his father, an eye surgeon, with a request to examine the boy and give him free medicines. The boy also started collecting funds from his friends to support further.

Inspired by his father, the late Dr. Rajan, this enterprising son today went on to become an eminent eye surgeon. Dr. Mohan Rajan’s passion to help the needy and his determination to make a difference in their life has made him what he is today.

Dr. Mohan is the medical director of Dr. Rajan Eye Care Hospital, where one is assured of comprehensive eye care. Its subsidiary organisations are Rotary Rajan Eye Bank, Chennai Vision Charitable Trust and Rajan Lasik Pavilion.

So far, Dr. Mohan Rajan has performed more than 50,000 cataract surgeries and thousands of IOC implants surgeries, foldable IOLS and vitreous surgeries. When asked about the success behind these surgeries, he says that he is still learning, every surgery and every patient teaching him a lesson. Dr. Mohan Rajan has also invented an equipment – Mohan Rajan Super Combo Chopper (MRSCC) – for performing cataract surgery with precision.

‘Behind every successful man, there is a woman’, goes the adage. Dr. Sujatha helps Dr. Mohan in all his efforts. She is a writer, associate director and a well-trained anterior segment ophthalmic surgeon. Being a specialist in phocoemulsification and foldable IOLS, corneal transplant surgery and refractive Lasik surgery, she supports him in all possible ways. Patients at the hospital are treated with care and kindness by the team of 150 doctors. With regard to eye donation, the doctor couple strive hard to educate the public about its importance through the Rotary Rajan Eye Bank. Dr. Sujatha Mohan says: “It is our responsibility to help the less fortunate and more than 2,000 corneal transplantations have been done.”

Their passion and determination in helping the deprived led to the birth of ‘Nethra Vahana,’ a mobile eye-care-unit manned by a team of experienced doctors, technicians and paramedical staff. It has been on the rounds for the past six months to several places such as Tiruvallur, Cheyyar, Arni, Thirukazhukundarm, Karumarapakkam, Kilakkadai, Ponneri, and Maraimalainagar.

So far, the unit has screened 3,591 patients and performed 386 cataract surgeries at the base hospital. Plans are on the anvil to link the unit with the hospital experts through satellite communication for sharing expertise and clinical recommendations.

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