Clinical Associate Uday Adepalli and Research Optometrist Veerendranath Pesala found that Husain suffered from glaucoma, induced by the use of topical steroids prescribed by the Kargil physicians. The team also found that a majority of the schoolchildren in Ladakh suffered from some kind of irritation in their eyes, just like Husain, typical of the dryness associated with high altitudes. Steroid induced glaucoma typically has no symptoms and is caused by the unmindful use of over-the-counter eye drops. They arranged for Husain to immediately travel to LVPEI Hyderabad by air, with his uncle accompanying him, to be treated by Dr Sirisha Senthil, Head of Glaucoma Care who performed two surgeries to ensure that Husain returned to Ladakh just in time to write his school examinations.
No more the lesser twin
Five years ago in 2010, when doctors declared the month old Arshad blind for life because of the white opacity in his eyes, the dejected parents found hope when a relative found LVPEI. The baby was diagnosed with vitamin A deficiency and vascular corneal scars. He underwent two corneal transplantations – in the right eye when he was 5 months and in the left eye at 8 months of age. Baby Arshad then had to adjust to wearing eye glasses. He also needed to travel 16 times till date to Hyderabad from his native Aurangabad in Maharashtra for follow up care. But it is well worth it says his mother Saira Khan for Arshad can now ably compete with his twin brother Arfath in school and all other activities. The parents give credit to eye donor families for their son's cornea transplants, and to Dr Muralidhar Ramappa their treating specialist.