Four-year-old girl cured of congenital blindness through surgery at Chennai Hospital

A four-year-old girl with a congenital hereditary eye disease was cured of the disease with free surgery at Rajan Eye Care Hospital

A four-year-old girl with a congenital hereditary eye disease was cured of the disease with free surgery at Rajan Eye Care Hospital

A four-year-old girl born blind from birth was recently cured of the disease following surgery at an eye hospital in the city.

Vidyadarshini, a resident of Aadayapulam in Meyyur in Tiruvannamalai district, and her parents were blind from birth. The mother is a teacher in a public school and the father a musician.

Vidyadarshini’s condition was identified during a routine eye camp and she was taken to hospital for treatment when she was three months old, said Mohan Rajan, medical director of Rajan Eye Care Hospital. The baby was diagnosed with a bilateral total congenital cataract. “We removed the cataract and rehabilitated it because we don’t implant lenses in such small babies,” he said.

Fifteen days ago, Vidyadarshini came for treatment. She had an implantation in one eye and a week ago the IOL was implanted in another eye, Dr Mohan said.

“Both parents suffer from a congenital eye disease. The mother suffers from a disease in which both of her eyes have not developed at all. The corneas are completely opaque. It is a congenital hereditary eye disease. There is no treatment for both parents,” he said.

The operation was performed by a team of ophthalmologists, including Dr Mohan and Suraj Nayak, under the guidance of senior pediatric anesthesiologist Jeenendhar Gothi.

Now the child is taking care of her parents, said Dr Mohan, who added that the girl had regained her sight and would not need further surgery.

The complex surgery was performed under general anesthesia at no cost at Rajan Eye Care Hospital, Chennai. The surgery might cost around ₹3 lakh normally. The cost was covered by the Rotary Pediatric Eye Surgery project of Rajan Eye Care, Chennai Vision Charitable Trust and Rotary T. Nagar.

Recently at school, the child helped identify birthmarks, an exercise that is usually done by parents for their children. “She was able to identify the moles when the parents were asked about the identifying marks,” Dr Mohan said.

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