Famous the world over for having completed over 100,000 cataract surgeries, Padma Shri Dr. T. P. Lahane certainly needs no introduction to the ophthalmology community. Dr. Tatyarao Pundlikrao Lahane is currently the Head of Department of Ophthalmology at the Grant Medical College & J.J Group of Hospital, Mumbai. When he was recently reminded of the feat he had accomplished, the unassuming surgeon replied, “I never thought there was such a record.
When started off I told myself I will try to touch more people than any doctor before me. I don’t know whether I have been able to do that but every morning I get up with the same dream that if there is somebody somewhere with an eye problem, I should have the solution for him.” Such is the humility of the stalwart. However, it is interesting to note that Dr. Lahane has fought hardships and reached the pinnacle of success where he is today. Failed kidneys and deteriorating health brought Dr. Lahane from Ambejogai to Mumbai in 1994 when he was transferred. However, this was a boon in disguise for the crippled Department of Ophthalmology at Grant Medical College, Mumbai. Inspite of being on dialysis, he slowly started building the department brick by brick.He started working full time soon after his kidney transplant in 1995. And from then on, he has made the Department of Ophthalmology at J.J. Hospital one of the best in the country. From 1995 when the department of Ophthalmology performed only 600 cataract surgeries a year to its current figure of almost 19,000 surgeries a year; he has certainly played a pivotal role in this transformation. Today, Dr. Lahane will be leading the phaco surgery team and demonstrating a few challenges commonly faced during phaco surgery.