High Cost Of Eye Treatment Force Patients To Reject It, Push Them Towards Blindness

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Pune, November 3, 2020: A study undertaken by the National Institute of Ophthalmology Institute (NIO) revealed that the high cost of eye treatment force the patients to leave it in the middle. They might lose eyesight. The paper was published in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.

The study further says that the patients who have diabetes or due to old age suffer from vision problems have to take six to seven injections to retain the vision. These injections cost them anywhere between Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh which forces them to leave the treatment in the middle.

The study was conducted between January 2013 to December 2017. As many as 1,250 patients had stopped the treatment due to the high cost is involved. It had 65 percent of men and 35 percent of women who leave the treatment.

Dr Aditya Kelkar said, “Leaving the treatment in the middle will expose you to losing the eyesight. But if these injections are covered under insurance cover then, the tendency among the patients to leave it in the middle might change. There should be a cashless insurance facility for the injections, which might help the patients.”

Along with Dr Kelkar, Dr Rohit Shetty, Dr Jai Kelkar, Dr Nikhil Labhtewar, Dr Abhishek Pandiit, Dr Madhulika Malode and Dr Sayali Tidke participated in the study.

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