“I always wanted to play cricket, and I have played competitive cricket to a fairly good level. I remember that my father used to come and watch me play. He used to love watching me play”.
-said Harsha Bhogle
Cricket is like a cult in India and hence it’s a no surprise that our country has been producing some of the best cricketers. One such aspiring cricketer was an 11-year-old boy named Shailesh Alaspure who lived in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. His father was a supporting pillar and encouraged him to excel in the sport.
During one of the training sessions, Shailesh sustained an eye injury. A cricket ball hit his left eye. It not only caused him eye pain but also reduced his vision. Much to his relief after initial treatment his vision got better.
However as days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, this little boy started experiencing blurry vision in his left eye for both distance and close objects. As soon as his father learnt this, he searched for the best eye hospital in Navi Mumbai on internet. Upon thorough exploration, reading the reviews on google and looking at the credentials of the eye doctors, he zeroed in on Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute (AEHI) in Sanpada to visit an eye specialist.
At Advanced Eye Hospital, Shailesh was evaluated by Dr. Haresh Asnani who is a Vitreo- Retinal Surgeon. Dr. Asnani noticed subtotal rhegmatogeneous retinal detachment involving the macula in Shailesh’s left eye. Further, Dr. Haresh Asnani patiently explained about retinal detachment. This is a condition where the back layer of eye called retina displaces from its place. It can happen due to many reasons like injury, high myopia, diabetes etc. A surgery called vitrectomy is done to reposition the retina. After a detailed explanation, Dr. Asnani advised Shailesh’s father to let his son undergo Vitrectomy, along with Scleral Buckling to take care of the retinal detachment.
In vitrectomy, vitreous humor, which is the clear gel in the middle of the eye is cut, removed and replaced. Then gas bubble or oil is injected to relieve traction, which is a cause of Retinal detachment.
SCLERAL BUCKLE: As the retina detaches from its normal place, scleral buckling is done in order to re-attach it to the wall of the eye. A silicone band is placed around the eye.
Shailesh’s father was relieved once comforted and assured by Dr. Haresh Asnani. He was sure he was at the right eye hospital getting the right eye treatment for his son’s eye problem. When the retina surgery began the following day, the staff of AEHI took care of Shailesh and his family and ensured that he feels comfortable throughout and after the surgery.
Shailesh’s vision improved gradually from ‘close to face’ to a normal vision over a few months.
Entire family had been relieved knowing that treatment at AEHI didn’t just restore the kid’s vision but also his confidence and happiness. At his last follow-up, he left a heart-felt testimonial, which will keep encouraging the eye hospital staff, and other patients who may need similar eye surgery.
Dr. Haresh Asnani (MBBS, DOMS, MS, Fellow Vitreo-Retinal Surgery) is a Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon at Advanced Eye Hospital near Vashi, Navi Mumbai. He has more than two decades of experience in the field of Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and is accomplished in treating the numerous diseases affecting the vitreous, macula and retina. Consult Dr. Haresh Asnani by booking an appointment here.