Journey from Afghanistan to India for Pterygium Successful at AEHI eye hospital, India


“The world is full of beautiful things you haven’t seen yet.Don’t ever give up the chance of seeing them”  was one of Mr. Niamatullah Hotak’s favourite quote that he lived by during his years of troubled vision.

We bring to you an experience of Mr. Niamatullah Hotak from Afghanistan; the land of carpets. He suffered from Pterygium for a decade and had problems with his vision. He consulted various eye specialists in Afghanistan but in vain. The patient was delighted with the results so much that he wrote to us and shared his extraordinary journey from Afghanistan to India.

What is Pterygium?

Pterygium is a growth that develops on the conjunctiva (a transparent membrane that covers the outer surface of your eyes along with the inside of your eyelids) or mucous membrane that covers the white part of your eye.


World from my eyes:

I was diagnosed with Pterygium 10 years ago and have been struggling with it ever since My eye started turning red and I had irritation in my eye. I never thought the growth in the right eye can be so serious till the time it started troubling me and it affected my vision. I consulted eye specialists in Afghanistan who counselled me saying its normal growth. It never seemed normal to me. I felt like a freak all the time. People would come up to me and say ” You got something in your eye”. Part of my vision was blurry and part of it was clear. It was very frustrating to even drive with such uncertainty. I was not convinced with their feedback.


Why I chose AEHI India?

During one of my business trips to Middle east, I striked a conversation with the fellow passenger. He mentioned how he flew to India for his eye problems and that’s what led to surfing for the best eye specialists in India. I went through many websites and finally read about Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute (AEHI), located at Mumbai, India.

With a lot of questions in my mind, I emailed AEHI eye hospital for answers. They were very prompt and I got all my concerns addressed. I booked an appointment and took the very next flight that I could find to India. I was happy that I finally found the right place for my eye problem. After all, I was visiting the best eye specialist in Mumbai Dr. Vandana Jain, Cataract and Cornea Specialist.

My experience at AEHI:

As I landed in India, I checked into my hotel that was not to far away from AEHI eye hospital and left for my appointment with Dr. Vandana Jain. The minute I stepped in AEHI, I felt confident. I was very nervous since no one ever seemed to help me with my pterygium problem but somehow AEHI has a positive feel to it. The staff was amazing and swift with all paperwork. I was made to undergo few tests before meeting Dr. Vandana Jain; Cornea and Cataract Specialist.

I met Dr. Vandana Jain who explained in detail about how Pterygium is formed and the treatment for it. She was the first doctor who never told me it was fine to have pterygium. In fact, she suggested an eye operation for pterygium make me look normal again. I was so happy that I called my wife back in Afghanistan to let her know that my eye could look normal again and sought her opinion. All she had to say was “Good luck with the Surgery and come home soon. We miss you”.

I was excited and looking forward to the operation. I planned to go ahead with the surgery and I was scheduled for the removal of pterygium. Dr. Vandana Jain mentioned that the procedure would involve putting eye drops that would work as an anaesthetic and then cut off the excess tissue that has grown over my eye. She made it sound so simple effortlessly that it never made me panic.

Now came the day of my pterygium eye operation and I was all calm and happy. 30 minutes passed by and Dr. Vandana Jain said-” There we go. We are done and you can be back to being normal again.”

I clicked a picture of my eye and sent it to my wife who was so happy. She was anxiously waiting for me back home. I cannot thank Dr. Vandana Jain enough and the staff at AEHI for all they did for me. It indeed is the best eye hospital in India and the best place for any eye problems and surgery.

Dr Vandana JainAbout Dr Vandana Jain-

Dr Vandana Jain is a renowned Cornea, Lasik and Cataract surgeon and the Director of AEHI. Dr Jain has won best fellow awards and medals at Delhi University and L.V.Prasad Eye Institute and then further trained at Harvard, USA. Having performed more than 50,000 operations, she has vast experience of dealing with all kinds of complicated eye surgeries. According to her; every patient has different needs and the surgery needs to be customised. She additionally believes that teamwork and alliance with other specialists help in planning and giving the best surgery results to the patients.

New Hospital Pic2About Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute:

Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai is equipped with one of the best eye hospitals in Mumbai, India. Comprehensive eye check-up and the operation theatres are state-of-art and equipped with the best diagnostic and surgery machines. Personalised care, infection free modular operation theatres and beautiful ambience complement the cutting edge eye care offered at AEHI. Besides treating patients from India, We have patients from all over abroad travelling to AEHI for world class eye care management.








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