60 per cent of patients in IOK have low chances to regain eyesight


Sixty per cent of people, in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), who suffered eye injuries due to the pellets fired by Indian forces on protesters during the ongoing mass uprising, have very bleak chances to regain eyesight.

SMHS Hospital Department of Ophthalmology Head Tariq Qureshi told reporters that out of the 850 pellets injured admitted in the hospital, eyesight of six of the patients whose eyes were grievously injured with pellets could not be recovered, Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported.

He said that 15 patients had completely lost sight in one of their eyes.”So far we have admitted almost 850 patients who were bearing pellet injuries in their eyes.”

He said six of them had been completely blinded while almost 15 patients had lost their one eye.

“Pellet is a 4mm pebble and it gets scattered when fired. It touches ground and carries dust which can ultimately lead infection among the patients. It can lead to double perforation and damage the eye cornea and lens,” he said.

According to records, 457 people had multiple structural damage in the eyes and required a more than two surgeries.

Reports say that the number of people injured due to the firing of pellets by the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir had crossed the 1,000 mark.