I am delighted to participate in the inauguration of Avedro KXL system at Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore. My greetings to all of you on this great occasion. My ophthalmic friends tell me that there are over 20 corneal dystrophies that affect all parts of the cornea. One of the most common corneal dystrophy is Keratoconus. This disorder arises when the middle of the cornea thins and gradually bulges outward, forming a rounded cone shape. This abnormal curvature changes the cornea's refractive power, producing moderate to severe distortion (astigmatism) and blurriness (near- and farsightedness) of vision. These changes may also disrupt the normal, light-conducting arrangement of corneal protein, causing swelling and a sight-impairing scarring of the tissue. Normally Keratoconus caused by (1) an inherited corneal abnormality (2) an eye injury (3) certain eye diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity, vernal keratoconjunctivitis or (4) systemic diseases, such as Leber's congenital amaurosis. In 20% cases of keratoconus, the cornea will eventually become too scarred or will not tolerate a contact lens. If either of these problems occur, a person will probably need to replace the diseased tissue with a donor cornea, called a corneal transplant. Alternatively, use of Avedro KXL system can stop keratoconus in just to 3 minutes. As a first line treatment, the greatest aim of cross linking is to reduce and stop keratoconus in the early phase of the condition and to treat the progressive vision loss which can lead to corneal transplantation. I am happy that Sankara Eye Centre is establishing this state of the art Avedro KXL system which can find effective treatment against keratoconus which will certainly go a long way in preventing avoidable corneal blindness.
With these words, I inaugurate the Avedro KXL system here at Sankara Eye Centre, Coimbatore. My best wishes to all the members of Sankara Eye Centre for success in their mission of providing light to the needy.
May God Bless you.
Oath for Ophthalmology community
1) I as an eye care professional I realize by removing the darkness and giving the light to the patient is indeed the God?s mission.
2) I will always give part of my time for treating patients who cannot afford.
3) Based on the experience and my core competence as a Doctor, I am capable of diagnosing the exact disease at right time.
4) I will treat at least 30 rural patients in a year by going to rural areas.
5) I will encourage the development of quality indigenous equipments and consumables by making use of them and assisting in enhancing the quality and reliability of the products.
6) As a doctor, I will teach the patients, their families in preventive eye care based on my diagnostic observations.
7) I will follow the motto "Let my brain remove the pain of the suffering humanity and bring smiles".