Chandigarh: A major stride has been made in the field of ophthalmology - the
medical specialty dealing with diseases of the eyes. Dr Varun Baweja, an
ophthalmic surgeon from
"The best thing about this path breaking surgery is that the patients get the same medical intervention sitting in India which normally is available abroad at a heavy cost," said Dr Baweja, a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Baweja Multispeciality Hospital in Punjab's Roopnagar, near Chandigarh. It is pertinent to state that Dr Varun got his poster published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Journal in 2009 and has performed more than 5000 eye surgeries in a short span.
The heartening part is that this technique offers a solution to glaucoma which is a group of eye conditions that can make a person go blind as the disease damages the optic nerve, which is crucial for good vision. The damage is caused by an abnormally high pressure in the eye. It is one of the leading causes of vision loss in old age.
Dr Varun further said, “People suffering from glaucoma often
have to go through painful treatment procedures like invasive surgery. Other
treatment options in
Dr Baweja informed that while iStent is a highly innovative
technology, it works in an elegantly simple way. Dr Baweja explains,
"If you have glaucoma, over time the eye’s natural drainage system becomes
clogged. iStent creates a permanent opening through the blockage to improve the
eye’s natural outflow. Restoring this mechanism lowers and controls pressure
within the eye. I have introduced this new technique in
Dr Baweja shares that the most common type of glaucoma often has no symptoms other than gradual vision loss. Angle-closure glaucoma, although rare, is a medical emergency and its symptoms include eye pain with nausea and sudden visual disturbance.
It is noteworthy that the first eye stent injection procedure
for glaucoma was successfully carried out on a 45-year old patient from