Life became miserable for K.S. Muniyappan, a 94-year-old man, for the past six months as he lost both his eyesight leaving him tumbling and unable to carry on his routine activities.
Mr. Muniyappan, who served in the British Indian Army between 1944 - 47 as a backup sepoy, and later turned into a yoga master was operated for cataract in his left eye last week.
Though physically weak, his speed of recovery bought smiles on his face and was able to carry out his daily activity by himself.
Doctors at Rishi Nethralaya here assessed his health condition and found the essential parameters stable and decided to perform the surgery.
As complications could develop during surgery for old-age people, anaesthetist Dr. Kirubakaran was present during the surgery performed by Dr. R. Selvarangam, eye surgeon and Managing Director of the hospital.
A cataract extraction surgery using phacoemulfication was performed in his left eye while surgery in his right eye will be performed next week.
Dr. Selvarangam told The Hindu that cataract in old age should be attended immediately and should not be postponed.
“It could develop complications if not attended,” he said. “This surgery helps to remove the myths that surgery above 70 years is complicated and there is no need for prolonged rest,” added the doctor.
‘Cataract in old age should be attended immediately’