After hitting the record of conducting over 108 optical surgeries in a day with 100% successful results, Bilqees Sarwar Foundation, BSF has conducted their first ever “Corneal Transplant” surgery at Bilqees Sarwar Hospital, BSH. This surgery was conducted under the supervision of our senior eye surgeon Dr. Akash Mathew. To cope with this chronic ailment, BSH management is planning to facilitate the eye patients waiting for this surgery on a regular basis.
Pakistan is facing a hard-hitting challenge of the increasing number of vision impairment and blindness cases. According to the report released by International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IABP) about 7.6 million of the population is affected by vision impairment and out of these numbers, 1.2 million are blind. A recent survey conducted by the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) highlights the alarming situation by describing that an estimate of 10% (around 18 million) of the population of Pakistan is living with some sort of visual impairment disease and around 2 million people are living with blindness.
Bilqees Sarwar Foundation has marked an achievement by conducting a successful corneal transplant surgery at their eye centre at Bilqees Sarwar Hospital and soon we are going to introduce free of cost Corneal Transplant facility for the underprivileged patients.
According to Wikipedia, cornea is the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris, pupil and anterior chamber. The surgical procedure is performed by ophthalmologists, physicians who specialize in eyes, and is often done on an outpatient basis. Donors can be of any age, as is shown in the case of Janis Babson, who donated her eyes at age 10. The corneal transplantation is performed when medicines, keratoconus conservative surgery and cross-linking cannot heal the cornea anymore.