Ayurvedic doctors to perform eye surgeries

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Jaipur: The National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur plans to hire modern ophthalmologists who will not only perform surgeries with a team of Ayurvedic eye specialists, but also train the postgraduate students of the department of Shalakya Tantra (eye and ENT) in cataract, glaucoma and other eye surgeries. “We will hire qualified ophthalmologists (eye specialists and surgeons) on part-time basis,” said Dr Ajay Kumar Sharma, director, NIA Jaipur, adding, “We will begin with cataract surgery, the most common form, and later cover other eye surgeries, like glaucoma.” The institute has already implemented two similar synergies between modern surgery and Ayurveda at department of Shalya Tantra (surgery) and department of Prasuti Tantra (gynaecology). “At Shalya Tantra department, modern surgeons have joined their Ayurveda counterparts in performing most common surgeries, like appendicitis, hernia, gall-stone and at department of Prasuti Tantra they are aiding to perform caesarean deliveries and other tubectomy,” Dr Sharma said. [Source: Bhaskar, Sunday, July 8, 2012]

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