By TC News Desk
Agartala, September 15: Dr. Phani Sarkar, an expert in the eye department of GB Hospital, said that there is no need to go abroad for advanced eye treatment, as most of the services are available at the major referral hospitals in the state. He said that only retinal surgery is referred to outside hospitals and that other eye care procedures are done at GB Hospital. He was speaking at a press conference at GB Hospital’s council room on Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Sarkar said that the number of diabetic patients is increasing day by day and that they are prone to develop eye problems after 10 to 15 years. He said that diabetes can cause blood and water accumulation in the eyes, which can impair vision and lead to blindness. He said that this condition can be treated with injections, which are given free of cost at GB Hospital. He said that a patient has to spend 17 to 18 thousand rupees if he goes to a hospital outside the state for the same treatment. He said that Ayushman card holders can get this facility for free and that those who do not have the card can buy the injection and get it administered at GB Hospital.
He also said that hypertension patients can also get free injections for their eye problems at GB Hospital. He said that these injections can prevent further damage to the eyes and improve vision. He said that there is no need to go abroad for these treatments, as they are available at GB Hospital.
Dr. Sarkar also highlighted the success of cataract surgery at GB Hospital. He said that about 6,000 cataract operations are performed annually and that the patients are satisfied with the results. He said that cataract surgery can restore normal vision and improve the quality of life of the patients.
He also appealed to the people to give importance to eye donation. He said that two people have received eye donation this year and that they are currently healthy. He said that eye donation can help many people who have lost their eyesight due to various reasons. He said that eye donation is a noble act and that anyone can register for it.
MS Shankar Chakraborty, the medical superintendent of GB Hospital, was also present at the press conference. He praised the efforts of Dr. Sarkar and his team in providing advanced eye care services to the people of the state. He said that GB Hospital is committed to providing quality health care to all and that it is equipped with modern facilities and technologies. He thanked the central and state governments for their support and cooperation in improving the health sector of the state.