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Diabetics have 25 times more risk of losing vision compared to the non-diabetics

News Paper Name: THE TIMES OF INDIA   Published Date:  Saturday ,25 JULY 2015

Diabetics have 25 times more risk of losing vision compared to the non-diabetics
Diabetics are more prone to develop series of eye diseases such as diabetic cataract, sudden squinting, glaucoma, dryness and the most dreaded diabetic retinopathy.

Dr Shrutika Junagade-Kankariya (Retina and diabetes eye disease specialist, director, Asian Eye Hospital), said, "Diabetic cataract has many peculiar characteristics. It tends to be harder and leathery in consistency compared to normal cataracts, which can lead to sub-optimal outcomes if the surgery is delayed. Special care and consideration of various factors like concurrent diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, selection of intraocular lens, prevention of infection and close postoperative care is mandatory in these patients. As healing may be delayed in diabetics, they should undergo micro-in-cisional phaco surgery for smooth recovery. Also diabetics are more prone to infection which is well taken care by the modular operation theatre at Asian Eye Hospital with advanced HEPA filter system in the OT (which ensures air entry through 0.3 micron filter)."

It is major cause of preventable blindness in India and occurs as a result of damage to micro-vessels in retina leading to formation of swelling in the center of the retina (diabetic macular edema) or/and bleeding in the back portion of eye (vitreous hemorrhage and proliferative diabetic retinopathy) leading to sudden painless drop of vision, without any warning signs. Hence a yearly regular eye checkup with a retina specialist is mandatory for diabetics for early diagnosis and prompt treatment. The hospital runs a comprehensive diabetes eye disease clinic which is well equipped with all the investigations and treatment necessary, from first multispot zeiss green retinal laser, macular OCT, intraocular antiVegf (avastin and lucentis) and ozurdex injections etc. to advanced retinal surgeries under one roof.

Dr: Shrutika Junagade-Kankariya
MBBS (KEMH Mumbai), FICO (UK) Ophthalmology and Fellow Retina (Sankara Nethralya)
Retina and diabetes eye specialist (USA)
Asian Eye Hospital,opp. Jahangir Hospital
Mob: 8888 94 2222
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Dr Vardhaman Kankariya awarded with prestigious Asia Pacific Award

News Paper Name: Indian Express    Published Date: 27, Dec 2014

Pune based internationally renowned laser vision correction and advanced cataract expert. Dr Vardhaman Kankariya was awarded with prestigious Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (APACRS) best paper award during APACRS annual conference for developing new Path breaking technique. Dr Vardhaman with his mentors, professor Pallikaris (father of popular LASIK procedure) and professor Kymionis in university of Crete, developed new technique to improve outcomes of Keratoconus disease (rare genetic disease in which cornea progressively weakens leading to need for corneal transplant). Conventionally collagen cross linking procedure is done to stop progression of keratoconus during which epithelium (skin over cornea) is typically removed with blade or alcohol. The conventional technique although stopped disease from progressing, but did not improve patients vision. Dr Vardhaman developed a new technique in which now the epithelium is removed with use of precise excimer laser instead and named it as 'Cretan protocol' after university of Crete.

Keep diabetes under check to avoid diabetic Retinopathy

News Paper Name: Indian Express    Published Date: 27, Dec 2014

We all are aware of the fact that India is infamously labeled as the diabetes capital of the world. Diabetes may cause serious changes in the eyes, even blindness if it is not treated appropriately in due time. Diabetic Retinopathy is a major cause of preventable blindness in India.

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the delicate cells in the most sensitive layer and at the back of the eye, known as the retina.

Most people with diabetic retinopathy do not have any symptoms or visual loss due to the, retinopathy and may notice sudden loss of vision when the disease progresses to the last stage. It can be detected by an ophthalmologist on funduscopy, after dilatation of the eye. If funduscopy is not undertaken in the routine eye examination diagnosis, the possibility of diabetic retinopathy is ignored. A thorough eye check up with funduscopy is mandatory with a regular health check up.

Possible symptoms of late-stage retinopathy include:

  • Shapes floating in your field of vision (floaters)
  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced night vision
  • Sudden blindness

Diabetic retinopathy can happen to anyone who has diabetes. These factors can increase your risk:

  • Duration of diabetes — the longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of diabetic retinopathy
  • Poor control of your blood sugar level
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Pregnancy
  • Tobacco use

Diabetic Macular edema and proliferative diabetic retinopathy can be accessed through a dilated eye exam. In addition, tests such as a fluorescein angiogram and ocular coherence tomography (OCT) can be conducted. Macular edema also can be assessed by using an OCT.

Treatment for retinopathy will depend on the stage and the condition it has reached.
For example, if retinopathy is identified during the early stages, it may be possible to treat it by controlling your diabetes more effectively.

If you have more advanced retinopathy, you may need to receive an injection of medication into your eyes or have laser surgery to treat the current problem and prevent further damage to your eyes. Both the above procedures are simple and painless, but if the damage reaches the last stage with severe visual impairment. A complicated retinal surgery is required which may have poor visual outcome. Hence, "Prevention is better than cure' is the strategy to overcome this disease.
At Asian Eye Hospital we provide comprehensive treatment for diabetic retinopathy of the highest international standards under one roof by a dedicated team of highly competent, skilled and committed professionals with an ethical approach in a patient-centric environment. They also maintain the highest level of safety.


Ahmednagar doc finds place in Limca Book

Dr Vardhaman Kankariya performs 170 laser vision correction surgeries in 10 hrs and 31 min

News Paper Name: DNA    Published Date: 17, Aug 2013

In a remarkable feat, noted laser eye surgeon from Ahmednagar, Dr Vardhman Kankariya, performed 170 laser vision correction surgeries in 10 hours and 31 minutes thereby entering the Limca Book of World Records and World Amazing Records on August 11. His father Dr Prakash Kankariya, a well-known eye surgeon, held the previous record of 156 laser surgeries in 12 hours.

Dr Kankariya performed these surgeries during the 'Freedom of Vision' project commemorating the 28th anniversary of Sai Surya Eye Institute and Lasik Centre at Ahmednagar. The unique performance was recognized by Mr Murthy and Mr Pavan Solanki of Lim. Book and World Amazing Records. respectively.

Dr Kankariya performed these surgeries upon his return from successful innings in laser eye surgeries in America's Bascom Palmer Institute in Miami. He is the first Indian ophthalmologist to do a structured fellowship with Prof Palhkaris in Greece, who is the father of Lasik surgery.

Dr kankariya won many national and international awards for his work and his research work has been published in numerous International journals. He decided to return to India and serve the motherland with an aim to set up an international eye institute with focus on research and training centers In various parts of India. He has been invited in the prestigious American Academy of Ophthalmology to share his work experience. Many eye surgeons from Europe and USA are now travelling lo Ahmednagar to get trained in laser vision correction surgeries

Dr Thanasis from Greece, who was present on the occasion, congratulated Dr Kankariya for the high quality laser procedures carried out during the day and said that this has been his best training experience so far.

Dr Ravkidra Somani, president of Indian Medical Association, Dr Umesh Sudrik. president Ahmednagar Ophthalmological Academy, Mr Karnavat, president of Rotary Club and Mr Ramesh Bafana, president Mahaveer International were present on the occasion and congratulated the team of doctors and technicians.

State of the art pioneering super specialty Eye Hospital coming soon at Pune.

News Paper Name: INDIA TODAY    Published Date:

Dr. Vardhanian Kankariya is an internationally awarded and India's first dual fellowship (American and European) trained LASER vision correction and advanced cataract lens implant surgeon.
Awarded with Asia Pacific Refractive Surgery Award-first from India and youngest in the history, All India Othalmological Society Refractive Surgery Award-First in Maharashtra, AIOS Cornea Award, MOS Innovation, Award for Instrument Design for L Vision Correction, Editorial Board Member for International Journal of Keratoconus, youngest to chair instruction course in World Ophthalmological Society Conference Japan, World Ophthalmological Society Grant, Yasuo Tano Asia Pacific Grant for scientific work, Allergen top ten residents of India,appointed scientific reviewer of 5 international top journals, Double Gold Medalist from Sankara Netralaya, Chennai, sought after international and national speaker for LASIK and cataract surgery. He is the first Asian to get trained from the Father of LASIK, Professor Pallikaris himself, the first Indian to perform Advanced Corneal Inlay for freedom from reading glasses and performed over 170 lasik procedures in a single day (Limca Book of World Records)
Hello Dr. Vardhaman, kindly elaborate about your new venture `Asian Eye Hospital and LASER Institute" in Pune.
Dr. Vardhaman: The Asian Eye Hospital will have all known super specialty departments in eye care (LASIK and refractive Surgery Clinic, Advanced Cataract and Lens Clinic, retina and diabetic Eye Diseases Clinic, Cornea and corned transplant clinic, pediatric and squint clinic, oculoplastics and aesthetics clinic, keratoconus clinic, low vision aid clinic and ocular trauma and emergency clinic, opticals and pharmacy. Centre of excellence departments - LASIK and Vision Correction clinic, Cataract and Lens Implant clinic and retina and Diabetic Eye Disease clinic as our core strengths.

Please tell us more about SMILE vision correction procedure.
Dr. Vardhaman: SMILE is a next generation, new minimally invasive, flapless, bladeless laser vision correction procedure. It is also known as 'keyhole FemtoLASIK and is considered as the most advanced technique. It is safer, maintains strength of cornea, induces less dry eye, is more accurate and stable than Femto LASIK. I was fortunate to get trained for SMILE at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. USA, which is also a FDA study centre.

Having worked with father of LASIK, and at top ophthalmology centres in the US, what made you come back to India?
Dr. Vardhaman: We (me and my wife) are second-generation ophthalmologist with background of pioneering work done by my parents at national level in a small city as Ahmednagar. We decided to return to India with the vision to develop an eye hospital similar to the international top centres we had worked at. This hospital will work in similar international infra-structure in terms of cutting edge technology, world class operation theatres, protocols, checklists, electronic medical records, and patient centric personalized care and yet affordable for Indian patients. Our centre in Ahrnednagar holds the credit to have carried out first Solid State LASIK surgery in the country by one of the most experienced laser vision correction expert, Dr. Prakash Kankariya. My wife, Dr. Shrutika underwent 'Advanced Medical Retina Fellowship' at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai and was specially trained for diabetes eye disease under Dr Harry Flynn (world leader in diabetes eye disease) in USA. With this fortunate lineage and passion we decided to make Pune, a preferred eye care destination for ASIA.

What are the strengths of Asian Eye Hospital?

Where all does Asian Eye Hospital have its presence?
Dr. Vardhaman: Asian group of Eye Hospitals will have 3 state-of-art super specialty facilities in India, including Pune as epi-center, Ahmednagar and New Mumbai. This is Maharashtra's first eye cam group with multi city super specialty set ups.

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Diabetes can silently take away your vision

News Paper Name:  PuneTimes    Published Date:

The word Laser stands for Light Amplification by stimulated emission of Radiation. A laser is a concentrated beam of light, created when an electric current passes through a special material.

There is no risk of infection from the laser light which can be performed in an outpatient setting, allowing you to go home shortly after the procedure is finished. The surgeon has great precision and control.

In Diabetic Retinopathy Hapoxia (lack of oxygen) to the retinal tissue leads to formation of fragile new abnormal vessels (proliferative diabetic retinopathy) which can lead to bleeding (hemorrhage) in the eye resulting in sudden loss of vision. To prevent this mishap, three sittings of PRP? (panretnal Photocoagulation) laser in the eye are conducted. Focal macular laser can be done for diabetic macular edema (DME).another complication of diabetes causing blurring of vision.Recent advancements in treatment of DME include very sophisticated intraocular inj AntiVEGF Injections (Avastin. Lucentis. Accentrix) and ozurdex implant. Intraocular injections ace extremely safe and comfortable procedures wherein a needle as thin as a hair strand is used.Pune now has one of the few centers of excellence department for retina and diabetic rotinopathy in India providing comprehensive retina treatment under one roof. Pune's first Multispot Zeiss Retinal Laser. OCT(CT scan of retina), FF (Retinal Anglography) A etc. The center headed by Dr. Shrutika Kankariya, American Fellowship trained. Sankara Nethralaya (Chennai) aluminus retina specialist.Asian Eye Hospital an internationally renowned advanced eye care center under the leadership of Dr. Shrutika Kankariya and Dr. Vardhaman Kankariya also offers specialized treatment for other diabetic eye problems such as diabetic cataract, squint (double vision), corneal diseases, glaucoma etc. Other services include LASIK, pediatric eye care, oculoplasty vitreoretinal diseases.

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Contact: 020-26162424, 26162425

Say Bye to reading Glasses

India’s first Flexivue eye implant surgery performed to eliminates reading glasses!

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In Our 40s and 50s we begins to experience the effect of blurry near vision. Reading the newspaper,mobile texts even glossary shopping becomes struggle. It is called as presbyopia which is natural loss near vision that impacts virtually everyone. Even people who never needed vision correction. When they were younger eventually experience presbyopia. It is estimated to affect over30 percent of India’s population. In Pune alone, there are estimated more than 10 lac Presbyopic individuals.
In unique feat, a noted advanced cataract and laser eye surgery expert, Dr. Vardhaman Kankariya performed India’s first ‘Flexivue eye implant surgery’, an effective new procedure that eliminates the need of reading glasses. Flexivue implant is a bifocal implant which is smaller and thinner than a contact lens. The inlay is placed under the surface of the cornea and helps to focus the light coming into eye from both near and far distance, thus it is designed to improve functional near vision and reduce dependency on reading glasses. It is transparent and invisible to the naked eye once implanted. Dr. Vardhaman Kankariya’s word renowned mentor and the mind behind the innovative Flexivue implant.Professor Ioannis Pallikaris, is in Pune city during the first implantation. Professor Pallikaris, is a pioneering eye surgeon and is regarded as the father of very popular LASIK surgery for eyes.

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