Sharp Sight: Redefining Eye Care in Kashmir

  • Saqib Malik
  • Publish Date: Oct 12 2017 1:59AM
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  • Updated Date: Oct 12 2017 1:59AM
Sharp Sight: Redefining Eye Care in Kashmir

The newly established eye hospital in Srinagar is offering treatment for all your eye-related problems


August 27, 2017 will be a memorable day in the history of Delhi-headquartered, Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals) as it was on this day that the group forayed into Kashmir. Sharp Sight had been yearning to offer their services in Kashmir for the last several years. The group had been mulling setting up a hospital in Kashmir since last four years.

“The 6000 square feet state-of-the-art facility hospital at Chanapora is the first of its kind in the Valley,” said Dr Samir Sud, Director, Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals).

“We felt that there is an urgent need of high quality eye care facility in the Kashmir Valley as the existing facilities were very basic in nature. Many patients had to travel to distant places for their eye care treatment which directly or indirectly imposed a financial burden on them and their families. Our newly built eye hospital will reach out to the people of Kashmir Valley to provide quality eye care to one and all,” said Dr Sud, who is also the Chief Surgeon at Sharp Sight. 

According to Dr Sud, Sharp Sight offers world-class treatments with the latest techniques, equipments and skilled surgeons. Touch less LASIK, Zepto Robotic precision Cataract Surgery, laser treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma will be available at the hospital , Dr Sud informed.

“There is very little or no awareness about eye care in Kashmir. If outside Kashmir the awareness is 6/10, here it is 2/10. A case in point is teenagers and kids who need regular eye check-ups as development of their brain is taking place during this particular age. Blindness can be prevented by spreading awareness among people and we are keen on doing that,” Dr Sud said.

Dr Sud, who was in Srinagar recently, said the team of doctors at Sharp Sight performed 50 surgeries in two days while as a total of 100 surgeries have been performed since the hospital started its operations in Kashmir.

“I operated on a person in 5 minutes. He couldn’t believe it as some other hospital here had taken an hour to perform the same surgery. We intend to redefine eye care in Jammu and Kashmir region and for that reaching out to the patient is important,” said Dr Sud.

From robotic technology to retina related problems, glaucoma and cornea etc, Sharp Sight offers treatment for all eye-related problems, says Dr Sud. Pertinently, Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals), which has eight centers in Delhi, is an National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) approved organization. It has also recently received the “Best Eye Care” award from leading national daily Times of India.

“All standards and parameters of delivery of care are being taken care of at Sharp Sight. The number of diabetes patients we are receiving is large and such patients should get their retina check up done regularly,” said Dr Sud. 

Opening of its hospital in Srinagar has also helped Sharp Sight to create local employment among youth and women in particular, said Dr Sud. He said training sessions for teams from Srinagar hospital will be regularly held at Delhi in days to come.

“Sharp Sight is also introducing for the first time in the valley Zepto Pulse Technology, the latest in Robotic Precision Cataract Surgery. Apart from world class machines, our team of doctors and other staff are the kind of people who are out to make a difference to the world. They are passionate and patient caring,” Dr Sud said

Deepshikha Shukla, General Manager of Sharp Sight (Group of Eye Hospitals), who was also in Srinagar recently, told Kashmir Ink that the group “believes in organised care with a corporate way of functioning for running a hospital.”

“With lightening up lives of hundreds of people and by generating employment opportunities, Sharp Sight truly lives up to its vision of ‘enhancing the quality of life by reviving the joys of vision’. We have Chief surgeons flying down from Delhi regularly to perform complicated surgeries here,” said Shukla.

Shukla said there has been a huge demand for removal of spectacles which Sharp Sight is regularly catering to.

“We often say that whether you are 18 or 81 year-old, you don’t hide behind the eye glasses. Sharp Sight offers a complete refractive solution for all age groups,” said Shukla, adding that Sharp Sight offers cashless medi-claim facilities. Shukla said Sharp Sight will soon introduce “Teleopthalmology” which will help live consultation of patients.

“This way doctors sitting in Delhi can examine patients at our Srinagar hospital. It will help us to further deliver eye care in this region,” said Shukla.

Sharp Sight’s highly experienced surgeons have performed over one lakh successful surgeries in India and abroad. It has a presence in international markets like Nigeria, Tajikistan, Mongolia and Myanmar, added Shukla.

The hospital has recently held various promotional activities in Kashmir which includes free eye check-ups. “Our team of 35 clinical and non-clinical staff, mostly youngsters, are passionate. The intention is to not just provide a good experience to the patient but also set new standards of eye care,” said Shukla.

Talking about any hope the hospital can provide for the pellet victims, Shukla said, “If there is even a little hope for them, our doctors will perform surgeries. For compete damage, there is a possibility of providing artificial eye as well.”