Srinagar: After examining pellet victims who have been blinded or half-blinded by government forces, a team of Indian eye specialists on Thursday declared the medical situation as “bad” in Kashmir.
The three-member team of ophthalmologists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, said that most of those injured in the eye would not regain 6/6 vision but will have “usable” eyesight.
“70-80 percent will regain usable vision,” said ophthalmologist Dr Sudarshan. He praised the work of his counterparts at SMHS hospital in Srinagar.
The government has said that more than 130 people have suffered injury in their eyes due to pellet ammunition.
Dr Sudarshan said that the injured need not be shifted to Delhi immediately but they would be called for check-ups once their eye lobe has become strong enough to undergo a second or third surgery.
“We will keep calling these patients subsequently after a week or a month and will see what has to be done,” he said.
Dr Sudarshan said that “normally” 6/6 vision is not possible if any part of the eye has suffered damage. “Eye surgeries have been performed by the local doctors. In these surgeries the integrity of the lobe has to be taken care of. Normally, 6/6 vision is not possible in case an eye has suffered damage,” he said.
The AIIMS hospital in Delhi has reserved six beds for injured persons from Kashmir.