Dr. Pranay ( Name changed), a pediatrician by profession came to Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute (AEHI) from Dubai for cataract eye operation. Being a physician himself; a lot of his friends questioned him as to why he wanted to travel 1200 miles for an eye operation when he could have done it in Dubai itself. The twist in the story unfolds as Dr. Pranay mentions his keratoconus; a condition in which the cornea (Transparent dome shaped part situated in front of the eye) thins out and slowly bulges to form a cone causing blurred vision. He discussed his case with the best cataract surgeon in Dubai but wasn’t satisfied with any. It is then he thought of looking at the best cataract surgeon in India and came across Dr. Vandana Jain; Cataract and Cornea Specialist. He was very happy for he knew she would understand the complexities of treating cataract in a keratoconus eye.
What is Cataract?
Clouding of lens that causes blurring of vision is called as cataract.
How blurring of vision affected me?
I was diagnosed with keratoconus 20 years ago but never had any issues as such with it. For the past few years, the only thing that changed about my eyes was the fact that I needed to wear glasses. few months ago, my vision started diminishing. The minute one’s vision starts blurring, we always resort to changing the glasses or getting our eyes checked. Though am a doctor, I thought a change in pair of glasses was all that I probably needed. After an eye examination, I was told I had a growing cataract in both my eyes; something that I hadn’t considered and slipped my mind. My vision started growing more blurry as each day passed by making it difficult during consults to even write prescription. I decided to get rid of cataract sooner and met a lot of cataract surgeons in Dubai but with my existing keratoconus, I was apprehensive and not satisfied.
My Journey from Dubai to India
I decided to get in touch with my colleagues in India and they suggested I should visit Dr. Vandana Jain at Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute (AEHI eye hospital) in Mumbai, India. I looked up AEHI and found out that it was the best eye hospital for cataract in India. Dr. Vandana Jain was not just a trained Cataract Surgeon but also a trained specialist in the diseases of Cornea ( transparent part of the eye) making her the best fit for my cataract associated with keratoconus.
I inquired about the cost of cataract surgery, availability of the cataract surgeon and finally booked my tickets form Dubai to India.
My experience at AEHI
As I entered AEHI, I was pleased to see that AEHI has the facility of that a renowned international hospital would have. They have skilled doctors and the latest surgical technologies for eye care services under one roof.
My consultation was with Dr. Vandana Jain, Cataract and Cornea Specialist at AEHI eye hospital. I had done my research about her and was excited to meet her not only for my cataract but her accomplishments in the field of ophthalmology. I was made to undergo the eye check up tests and then finally it was time for my consult. As I discussed my case with her of suffering from keratoconus and cataract, it seemed like she knew what I would say ask next or my concern would be and always was a step ahead of me in addressing them. That boosted my trust as it spoke in volumes about her. It proved to me that for sure she would have treated many patients like me and knew exactly how I felt and how to help me through it. This was the skill I felt every eye surgeon in Dubai lacked.
Since I am a doctor, we had a technical discussion about how I had corneal thickening in my eyes with early lenticular changes. She described how the cataract procedure would be customized due to my existing keratoconus. I was very happy to have finally found the best cataract eye surgeon in India for my eyes. My cataract was in both the eyes and I wanted to get rid of both of them and fly back to Dubai. Dr. Vandana Jain suggested we being with left eye first and then the right eye since the cataract in left eye was growing more rapidly than the right.
The next day I had my cataract operation wherein numbing drops were added to my eyes. After placing an universal speculum in my left eye ( an instrument to keep the eye open), Dr. Vandana Jain began to work on my left eye. All i remember seeing was cloudy vision that I had changing to a vision one would see under water and then it turning clearer. I was done with my left eye cataract operation in less than 30 minutes. I came for followup and I could tell the difference in my vision from the left eye. After a week, I got my right eye cataract operation done and now i have the perfect vision. I am glad I traveled all the way to get my cataract operation treated at the best cataract centre in India.
How AEHI made a difference to my life?
As a pediatrician, I always had kids coming in with various problems but the most challenging would be the ones with different types of rash. Not being able to see clearly would make it difficult to be very sure of what it was and I wouldn’t want to give out a wrong diagnosis. Hence with my first experience I decided to get my eyes treated. Today I don’t have to worry about all of it. AEHI helped me swing back to my career without me having to compromise on my cataract surgery due to existing keratoconus.
About 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 10,000 cataract operations, she has vast experience of dealing with all kinds of complicated cataract surgeries. According to her cataract surgery needs to be customised to the patient’s needs and physical disability. She additionally believes that team work and alliance with other specialists help in planning and giving the best cataract surgery results to the patients.
About Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute:
Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai is equipped with one of the best eye hospitals in Mumbai. Comprehensive eye check-up and the operation theatres are state-of-art and equipped with the best diagnostic and surgery machines. Personalized care, infection free modular operation theatres and beautiful ambiance complement the cutting edge eye care offered at AEHI. Besides treating patients from all over India. We have patients from all over abroad travelling to AEHI for world class eye care management.