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Year : 1988  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 58


Director, Asia Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, Mumbai, India

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Rajendra T Vyas
Director, Asia Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, Mumbai
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Vyas RT. Letter. Indian J Ophthalmol 1988;36:58

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Vyas RT. Letter. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1988 [cited 2023 Dec 11];36:58. Available from: https://journals.lww.com/ijo/pages/default.aspx/text.asp?1988/36/1/58/26475

It would be ideal if ophthalmic surgery can be per­formed in a stationary place, permanently designated for the purpose so as to avoid occupying temporary pre­mises to conduct eye surgery. But it would be economi­cally impassible to construct such permanent centres and therefore such a programme will be developed in a planned period of time gradually phasing out eye camps. The accidents that have occured in the eye camps have essentially arisen out of callousness and neglect, possibly on the part of the theatre staff for not carrying out sterilization properly. It is indeed vitally important to train at state level ophthalmic personnel to implement eye care programme. In fact a special cadre for this purpose should be created. Inducement should be offered to ophthalmologists to set up practice in rural areas rather than overcrowding already saturated city ophthalmic services RCSB has a programme for esta­blishing each year 3-5 rural based 20-40 bedded eye hospitals providing round the year eye care. I must add here however that the media is always interested in splashing sensational news items, the verocity, of which is neither verified and more often than not the news item is highly exaggerated. When almost a million sight restoring operations are performed, a few failures, should not be considered unusual Ophthalmic and for that matter other medical services also depend a great deal on the care and caution with which these are executed and we should therefore urge all those involved to be extremely cautious and careful in under­taking their responsibilities.


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