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Nightmare continues for pellet victims with eye injuries
Revision surgeries conducted even after several months
SRINAGAR, Feb 23: While 2016 unrest left near about hundred youth in valley visionless owing to grievous eye injuries inflicted by pellet guns, the scale of injuries on over 70 percent of the victims has been extremely grave as most of the injured were still receiving treatment at the hospitals.

According to doctors working at SMHS hospital here the victim were still battling serious eye injuries even after being operated upon twice by the eye specialists.

The doctors revealed near about 80 percent of the injured admitted in the hospital for eye injuries, still required extreme medical intervention due to the gruesome nature of the injuries in retina and cornea of the victims.

They said over fifty of the victims still feared loss of vision in one or both the eyes.

The doctors at SMHS hospital said revision surgeries were still being conducted on the pellet victims at the Ophthalmology department of the hospital

"More than 70 percent of the pellet victims that were received at the hospital in 2016 summer arestill following treatment as the nature of the eye injuries has been extremely severe. We are still conducting surgeries on pellet victims," a senior doctor at the Ophthalmology department of SMHS said.

The hospital authorities at SMHS hospital said over 2000 persons have been treated for grievous eye injuries at the hospital during 2016 unrest and violence .

"Over 50 persons have lost eye sight due to grave eye injuries inflicted by pellets. Even at present around 50 persons are still battling dangerous eye injuries. All these injured persons are visiting the hospital for treatment," Dr Aadil, Registrar Medicines at SMHS hospital said.

The doctors at said revision surgeries were regularly being conducting on the victims fearing loss of vision.

The medicos revealed that in majority of the severe cases are victims were feared to lose more than 50 percent of their eye sight.

"Some victims needed more than three or four surgeries such has been the scale of injuries inflicted by pellets," doctors at SMHS said.

The hospital authorities at district hospitals of Pulwama and Anantnag said the injured with pellet injuries in eyes were reporting at the hospitals for follow up treatment.

News Updated at : Friday, February 24, 2017
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