Puneeth Rajkumar's eye donation.

Four people will benefit from Puneeth Rajkumar’s eye donation.

Puneeth Rajkumar, a Kannada actor, gave the gift of sight to four people even after he died. The corneas were cut and implanted in four corneal blind patients, according to doctors at Narayana Nethralaya, who gathered the late actor’s corneas.

“We are really lucky and appreciative for ‘Power Star’ Puneeth Rajkumar’s eye donation,” K. Bhujang Shetty, chairman and managing director of Narayana Nethralaya, told journalists in Bengaluru on November 1. By dividing the superior and deeper layers of the cornea, we were able to treat two patients with each eye.”

“Only the deeper layer was transplanted to patients with endothelium or deep corneal layer disease, while the superior layer was implanted to two patients with superficial corneal disease.” As a result, we made four distinct transplants from two corneas to let four different individuals see again. To the best of our knowledge, this has never been done in Karnataka before,” Dr. Shetty stated.

Puneeth Rajkumar’s family donated his eyes on October 29th, following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Rajkumar. Puneeth Rajkumar’s brother Raghavendra phoned Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank, which is administered by Narayana Nethralaya, shortly after he was certified dead to collect the actor’s eyeballs.

Dr. Shetty kept a close watch on the eye retrieval procedure. During the eye bank’s opening ceremony in 1994, he remarked, Dr. Rajkumar promised the eyeballs of his whole family.

“Two corneas from a deceased person are usually transplanted into two corneal blind people. However, in order to honour Puneeth’s family’s efforts, we went out of our way to use as much of his corneal tissue as possible “”explained the doctor.”

The four patients, one lady and three men, are from Karnataka and are recovering nicely.

The corneal transplant surgery took place on October 30. “It was difficult to find qualified receivers for the treatments. B.L. Sujatha Rathod, director of the state-run Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, was consulted, he claimed.

The doctor went on to say that two distinct techniques of lamellar keratoplasty were employed. “Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty (DALK) — in two young patients with corneal dystrophy and keratoconus, the outside or superficial section of the cornea was transplanted. Both of these disorders primarily damage the cornea’s top layer, with the deeper section of the eye remaining normal. As a result, just the superior portion was replaced, and the patient’s endothelium was preserved. This dramatically minimises the risk of graft rejection, according to Dr. Shetty.

“In two individuals with corneal endothelial decompensation affecting the innermost layer of the cornea, Descemet’s Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSEK) is used, in which the inner or deeper layer of the cornea is transplanted. Only the endothelium is replaced in this treatment, which is normally done with a tiny incision and a few stitches. “This eliminates a full-thickness cornea transplant, makes the patient more comfortable, and allows for a speedier recovery,” the doctor explained.

“Aside from that, the limbal rim (the white part of the eye near the circumference of the cornea) was sent to our laboratory to generate ‘Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells’ for potential use in patients with Limbal Stem Cell deficiency, chemical injuries, acid burns, and other serious disorders,” he said.

A team of surgeons lead by Rohit Shetty, director of the department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, performed the procedures. Yathish Shivanna, Medical Director of the Dr. Rajkumar Eye Bank, was part of the team, as were consultants Sharon D’Souza, Harsha Nagaraj, and Prarthana Bhandary.