Renowned Ophthalmologist Dr Jagat Ram of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) received the prestigious Prof P Siva Reddy International Award from All India Ophthalmological Society for 2012,on Thursday,at Cochin during the annual meeting of All India Ophthalmological Society Conference.
He received this award for his landmark research work on Posterior Capsular Opacification which is one of the most common vision disabling problem after successful phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation. His research contribution has helped to reduce this vision threatening complication globally. Posterior Capsular Opacification is a gradual vision loss after a cataract surgery due to growth in the eye lens. Dr Jagat Ram has been extensively working on techniques on how to reduce the opacification of the lens.
In the past,the percentage of persons losing vision after a cataract surgery was abnormally high due to the various factors including older procedures of surgery. The patients would start losing their vision five to six months after undergoing surgery. However with advancements in technology and surgical procedures such as using ultrasound rays,laser technique,the percentage of patients getting affected is reduced by 5-6 percent, said the doctor.
This award is given to one eminent ophthalmologist each year for outstanding research work in ophthalmology done in India or anywhere in the world.