Dr. Hardik Parikh
Dr. Hardik Parikh participated in the Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) Skills Transfer Course organized by Visionaries International and conducted at the Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India in July 2013. Now a Cataract, Refractive and Cornea Consultant at the Ojas Laser Eye Surgery Center in Mumbai, India, Dr. Parikh reflects on his involvement in the DSEK Skills Transfer Course:
I consider myself lucky to have attended that course. Having Dr. Samar Basak as my guide made learning DSEK easy. Learning from someone with so much depth of knowledge about EK, it was easier for me to start DSEK on my own within a month of that course.
In May 2014 I started doing DSEK in difficult cases like sectoral iridectomy and cases with ACIOL and partially virectomised eyes later that year. The credit of this goes to same DSEK training program where the first live surgery I did under Samar Basak was a case with sectoral iridectomy. I would like to thank Dr. Samar Basak for teaching me finer nuances of this surgery.