Srinagar: India’s leading retina surgeon Dr S Natrajan on Friday described the situation in Kashmir as “disastrous” after performing surgeries on pellet victims at the SMHS Hospital.
“The situation is disastrous. This is for the first time that I saw pellet injuries. The eye injuries in Kashmir are unique and more severe than other parts of the world especially in conflict region,” he told reporters here.
Dr Natrajan, who headed a three-member team that conducted 46 eye surgeries since July 26 in Kashmir, said all pellet victims had retinal injuries.
“Some of the patients will gain eyesight but I don’t want to give false hope. As a suregeon I have passed the exam, now the outcome lies in the hands of God,” said Dr Natrajan.
He suggested that pellet victims should not be shifted outside for treatment as the hospital has the “best facilities.”
“It is psychology of patients to move outside for better treatment. After six weeks we can say whether they (pellet victims) need lens. These patients need follow-up for one year,” he added.
The doctors’ team, Dr Natarajan, Dr Kenshuk Marwah, and Dr Syed Asghar Hussain, which was facilitated by Borderless World Foundation to visit Kashmir, said of 210 pellet victims, 110 need retina and vitreous surgeries.
Dr Nataranjan, director of Aditya Jyoti Mumbai, said the chances of regaining eyesight of pellet victims would depend on the extent of the injury and follow-up treatment.
“Yesterday we came across a terrible case but we didn’t give up and tried our best to regain his vision. We have decided to come here once in a month to see the condition of these patients,” he added.