Cornea transplants put focus on need for early diagnosis, organ donation policy

After struggling with poor vision for almost half of his life, 20-year-old Intiaz Abdul received a corneal transplant last month at Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital.

“I spent half of my life—since I was 12-years-old—trying to see clear,” Abdul says, while noting that he had started failing in school because he couldn’t see properly and couldn’t concentrate. “I could have only see like four feet away. It was really hard.”

Abdul said his mother carried him to a lot of eye specialists but no one was able to treat his condition—keratoconus, a condition where the normally round dome-shaped cornea progressively thins into a cone-like bulge and eventually ends in severe visual impairment. Persons would need a corneal transplant if their cornea no longer lets light enter the eye properly because of scarring or …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



Join the Conversation

After you comment, click Post. If you're not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

The Comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit/delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity. We moderate ALL comments, so your comment will not be published until it has been reviewed by a moderator.