Advanced Keratoconus Finds Better Vision Through Corneal Transplant at AEHI, Navi Mumbai

Mrs. Smita Shah, a Navi Mumbaikar approached Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute (AEHI) hoping to hear a treatment for her keratoconus. She has been suffering with keratoconus since the 1990s. She always complained of poor eye sight. In 1998, she mentions how blurring and double vision worsened things for her which is when she was prescribed contact lenses and had it under control for few years. But since keratoconus is a progressive disease it tends to worsen over a period of time mandating a permanent solution.

Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea wherein the surface of the cornea which is normally round thins and bulges to become like a cone.



Smita works as nurse at a multi-specialty hospital. Her job comprised of drawing blood, checking vitals, making sure patients got their medicines and doses on time and many more. Without her sight she wouldn’t be able to do any of it. She described how growing up she idolized Mother Teresa and wanted to give back to the community and felt what other good way than being a nurse. She never let her keratoconus get the best of her but unfortunately for a couple of weeks she felt she is losing her race against keratoconus. Frustrated with her vision and the thought of herself being a risk to patients was killing her. She loved doing what she was doing and wanted to do it till she died. She then decided to get answers for her keratoconus and her hunt to find the best treatment for keratoconus began.

As she described her eye problems to the consultants at the hospital; they advised she would seek all her answers only at the best eye hospital in Navi Mumbai- Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute (AEHI). She thought she would take an appointment the following week and get a consultant. But the next morning when she got up she couldn’t see anything with her left eye. She then rushed to AEHI and waited to be seen by the Cornea Expert- Dr. Vandana Jain. As she waited she kept hearing from other patients how amazing Dr. Vandana Jain is and they had titled her to be the best cornea specialist in Mumbai.

hydrops1She diagnosed me of hydrops and began my treatment. Dr. Vandana Jain spent a reasonable amount of time and explained how keratoconus is a progressive disease with hydrops as a complication wherein the cornea ruptures. She said ” I have been living with the disease for years but never found any eye specialist explain in such depth what I am against. I wanted a permanent fix to my eye and Dr. Vandana Jain came to me as an angel in disguise with corneal transplant treatment. The eye staffs at AEHI were very professional and humble and they walked me through all the procedures needed for the corneal transplant”.

Her hydrops was clearing and during her next visit she came to know that she got a donor and can get the corneal transplant done. She got the transplant done immediately and today she can see much better than she ever had in my entire life.

She says she cannot believe this is how normal vision feels like. She says “I couldn’t believe there could be such thing as a corneal transplant. Today I am back to being a nurse serving the community but credits go to Dr. Vandana Jain and AEHI for living up-to the title of being the best eye surgeon in Navi Mumbai and the best eye hospital respectively.”

About Dr. Vandana Jain:

Dr Vandana Jain

Dr. Vandana Jain is an internationally trained and renowned Cornea, Cataract and Lasik surgeon. She is trained at Harvard, U.S.A and L.V.Prasad Eye Institute- one of the best eye hospitals in India. She believes that every human being should be able to see life clearly. With planned treatment and timing diseases of cornea can have very satisfying recovery and results.




About Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute, Navi Mumbai

It is one of the best eye surgery hospitals in Navi Mumbai and Mumbai. AEHI is the only multi-specialty eye hospital in Western India. The Diagnostic suits for pre-surgery measurements and check-up and the Advanced Eye Hospital Navi Mumbaioperation theaters are state-of-art and equipped with the eye surgery machines. Personalized care, infection free modular operation theaters and beautiful ambiance complement the cutting edge eye care offered at AEHI. Besides treating patients from Kharghar, Nerul, Vashi and Panvel, patients from all over western India travel to AEHI for world class cataract treatment.


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