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First-of-its-kind surgery restores eyesight

DNMUM390852 | 6/19/2017 | Author : DISHA SHETTY | WC :200 | Health

Sixty-year-old Mira Dhar had lost hope of seeing clearly again from her right eye after a viral infection three years ago affected her vision and her first corneal transplant failed. Now, a first-of-its-kind treatment in the country, in which nerves from her foot were used, has given the Kolkata resident her eyesight back. Fully recovered, Dhar is now back home amidst the comfort of her family.
“While we could use nerves from the hand, the ones from the foot is superficial and easy to access,” said Dr Harshavardhan Ghorpade, Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon at Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi.
Plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Vinod Vij performed the corneal transplant after removing the sensory nerve called the sura
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