Seven people have partially lost their vision and four others developed serious complications after undergoing cataract surgeries at a charitable hospital in Rajkot, Gujarat.
An official from Sadhu Vasvani Trust Hospital said that the loss of vision could be temporary. The surgeries were conducted on December 21.
‘The patients started experiencing irritation in the operated eye after three days of undergoing surgery at a charitable hospital in Gujarat's Rajkot district.’
District Health Officer Dr Rupali Mehta today said, "It has come to our notice that some people after undergoing cataract operation at the trust hospital are complaining of losing vision. The district health department has started an investigation to find out the truth."
The official added that eleven out of 25 persons who underwent the operation have developed complications.
Seven persons have complained loss of vision in one eye; four others have developed complications like irritation and blurring vision. The patients were either middle aged or senior citizen and belonged to the lower or lower middle class.
One of the victims, Bhiku Pathan (55) said that he experienced irritation in his operated eye after three-four days of undergoing surgery, and when he went to the hospital for a follow-up, he came to know that he has lost vision in that eye.
One of the trustees of the Hospital, B B Gogiya said, "The seven persons who are complaining of loss of vision are being treated at the hospital. There are many reasons for the reaction; like they may not have followed the doctor's instruction (on) quality of eye drops and other individual physical parameters."
The Hospital has sent the laser machine used for conducting the surgeries for testing at a laboratory, he added.
Gogiya said Dr Hetal Bakhai who performed the surgeries was a qualified ophthalmologist. The hospital has been doing such type of operations since last one decade, but this is the first such incident.
The seven persons who complained loss of vision are identified as Naniben Chhenani (63), Sarojba Jadeja (60), Pravinsinh Chauhan (62), Ibrahim Juneja (85) and Ramnik Damani (56), besides Sandhi (40) Pathan.