Corneal Tattooing, a great rescuer


Mumbai monsoon

“In Mumbai, during monsoon, balancing family and job became so consuming, sometimes I didn’t know who was more angry – the rain Gods or my eyes which worked for me for long hours. For a long time, I assumed the redness in my eyes and swelling was normal reaction of my body, which will eventually go away. But it didn’t. To make it worse, my vision was reduced to hand movement distance. I couldn’t take this anymore”, acknowledged a 52 year old woman with a heavy throat.

This is story of Mrs. Ujjwala Rane*, a Santacruz resident who was recommended to visit Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute (AEHI), to consult Dr. Vandana Jain, an ophthalmologist specialising in Cornea and LASIK Surgery to heal her eyes.



Dr. Vandana patiently listened to her eye problems and learnt that Ujjwala was already operated and had undergone Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK), which is a type of cornea transplant (read Corneal Transplant). She further observed that the corneal graft (transplant) was detaching from its surface and she had developed secondary glaucoma in her left eye. Her cornea had failed and had grown whitish.

Ujjwala used the prescribed eye drops but didn’t follow up as advised. She visited AEHI again for follow up after a year. Her left eye’s vision had further deteriorated and secondary glaucoma worsened the vision and the cornea further. She had inaccurate projection of rays, which was an indirect evidence that there was no vision potential in her left eye. She was worried about the whitish look of the cornea and wanted her face to look better. She had already accepted the reality that her left eye won’t see but she wanted a cosmetic correction.  Considering this, Dr. Vandana advised her to undergo Corneal Tattooing.

But, Ujjwala opted for Corneal Tattooing as she wanted to enhance her appearance and regain her lost confidence.



In Corneal Tattooing, special dye is surgically inserted into the layers of the cornea after creating channels for the same. It is a surgery done by cornea specialists for various corneal diseases where cornea turns white and hence disturb the facial cosmesis. This procedure makes cornea black again and hence the cosmetic appearance of the face improves. Corneal tattooing, however, does not improve the vision of the eye.

Corneal tattooing is a great procedure to help people gain back their confidence.

Dr Vandana Jain

Dr Vandana Jain

About Dr. Vandana Jain: Dr. Vandana Jain is an expert Cornea and Lasik surgeon. She has a vast experience of performing corneal surgeries like corneal transplantations and laser vision correction procedures. She being a cornea specialist treats patients with all kinds of corneal diseases like corneal tears, keratoconus, corneal infections, eye allergies etc. She believes that the treatment for all kinds of corneal diseases needs to be tailored to the patient’s eye condition and lifestyle.

advancedeyehospital_frontAdvanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai is one of the best eye hospitals in Mumbai. Comprehensive eye check-up rooms 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 compliment 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 eye care management.


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