A 53-year-old female patient from Yemen treated by Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital

BENGALURU / March 15, 2019:A 53-year-old female patient from Yemen -- AbdellahElham– has successfully regained vision in one eye after becoming near-blind due to injuries sustained in a bomb blast in the strife-torn country.

Doctors at Dr. AgarwalsEye Hospital in Bengaluru operated on her successfully, enabling her to see almost perfectly from the damaged eye. This was a huge relief to the patient as she was already blind in her left eye due to a previous surgery conducted when she was young. To make matters worse, she lost vision in her right eye too due to a blunt injury caused by a flying stone when a bomb exploded some distance away from her in Yemen.

Talking about the surgery, Dr. Raghu Nagaraju,General Ophthalmology, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, said: “A stone came flying during the bomb blast and hit Abdellah’sright eye with great force, causing severe blunt injury and displacing her eye’s lens from its anatomical position.It was a complex case. The patient in her young age had an eye surgery called radial keratotomy which had weakened her cornea. She was already blind in one eye, while suffering from advanced cataract in the other eye, leading to progressive blurring of vision. When she came to our hospital, she had a vision of only 6/60 in the functioning eye and was barely able to see.Her damaged eye was also suffering from watering, itching and burning sensation. However, the surgery was successful and she has regained vision almost fully in the damaged eye.”

This highly complex surgical procedure was conducted by a team of ophthalmologic surgeons led by Dr. Ravi DorairajMedical director Cataract and refractive surgeon. Thepatient’s recovery post-surgery was rapid and her vision in the damaged eye was restoredin just two days.

Said AbdellahElham: “I am really grateful to doctors at DrAgarwals Eye Hospital in Bengaluru for helping me get my vision back. I was already blind in one eye, so my entire world collapsed when the other eye also got damaged in the bomb blast, and I could only see things blurred. My vision rapidly deteriorated thereafter in the next few months. When I realized that I was soon going to be completely blind, I rushed to India because the country is well-known for its medical facilities and is very popular with patients from the Middle East. After the surgery at DrAgarwals Eye Hospital, I can see clearly now from one eye. I feel as if I have got my life back.”

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