Cornea transplants are very rare in India. As less than 1% of total organ transplants are of the cornea, revealed the doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. A 43-year-old woman, Upasna Batra, who had lost vision in her left eye, has successfully undergone cornea transplant at Center for Sight.
Batra lost her vision due to corneal decompensation after a cataract surgery went wrong at a nursing home. Hailing from a small town in Haryana, Batra was not willing to undergo a cornea transplant, which was suggested by most doctors. After a lot of persuasion, she did agreed to undergo the transplant but the long waiting list worried her family.
Batra's family then turned up at the city-based Center for Sight, where the opthalmologists agreed to perform the surgery immediately at half the cost, keeping in mind the financial condition of the patient's family and the critical nature of her condition.
Mukesh Sharma, medical director of Center for Sight, said, "We did corneal transplant in the patient's eye and now she is having good vision and leading a normal life as the surgery was performed with perfection. The total recovery time for a corneal transplant may be up to a year or longer. However, with time and advancement in technology the recovery time has shortened. Initially, the vision will be blurred and the site of the corneal transplant will be swollen and slightly thicker than the rest of the cornea. Steroid eye drops will be prescribed for several months to help the eye accept the new corneal graft."