‘Spreading awareness about eye donation is need of the hour’: Dr Jeewan Titiyal

On the first day of the conference, 17 live surgeries were performed by the eminent doctors. The surgeries were performed live in Mumbai’s Sir JJ Group of hospital, and were telecasted live at Hyatt Regency where around 2000 delegates have assembled for this event

'Spreading awareness about eye donations is need of the hour,': Dr Jeevan Titiyal

The Bombay Ophthalmology Association’s (BOA) annual conference, FOCUS 2017 has commenced in Mumbai. The event has started on a positive note.  This year the BOA is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

On the first day of the conference, which marks the Silver Jubilee of the BOA, 17 live surgeries were performed by the eminent doctors. The surgeries were performed live in Mumbai’s Sir JJ Group of hospitals, and were telecasted live at Hyatt Regency where around 2000 delegates have assembled for this event.

A well-known ophthalmologist Dr Jeewan Titiyal who has also operated on Manmohan Singh , the former Prime Minister and Pratibha Patil , the former President of India performed live surgery.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra he informed, about what’s new in the cornea. He also emphasises on eye donation awareness. My Medical Mantra, managed to speak to Dr Jeewan Titiyal exclusively.

 'Spreading awareness about eye donations is need of the hour,': Dr Jeevan Titiyal

While talking about the advancement in corneal transplant surgery in India, Dr Titiyal said, “There are large numbers of patients with corneal disorders which can be treated by corneal grafting surgery.”

“In the recent times, the concept of component corneal surgery has increased in the outcomes of transplants. We no longer sacrifice the entire cornea for disorders involving a particular layer like endothelial diseases or the anterior stromal disorders,” said Dr Titiyal.

He further added, in India, eye surgeons are now performing the latest endothelial transplant surgeries like DSEAK , DEMAK successfully. With newest surgeries, “The post operation rehabilitation is very fast and post operation complication like rejections are very less,” he said.

'Spreading awareness about eye donations is need of the hour,': Dr Jeevan Titiyal
Dr Jeewan Titiyal, Professor of Ophthalmology , Dr RP centre for Ophthalmic Sciences

Most partial thickness surgeries are suture less. Therefore, suture related complication also is not reduced, which in the past have been a major problem.

There is a large backlog of people awaiting transplant surgeries mainly because of lack of good optical tissue less trained cornea transplant surgeries and transplant centres.

Therefore, there is a requirement to spread awareness regarding eye donations across the country and increase well trained corneal transplant surgeons who could perform modern keratoplasty surgery.