Indian professional cricketer, Abhishek Chakraborty, diagnosed with Keratoconus 10 years ago, recently had his eyesight restored with KeraSoft® contact lenses. Unable to see with spectacles, Chakraborty wore RGP contact lenses to correct his vision. But, with a reduced wear time of around 2 hours per day, Abhishek decided that a career in cricket was no longer viable; for a promising young player this was a devastating blow.
After reading about KeraSoft® on the internet he contacted KeraSoft Eyecare Pvt Ltd., India, in the hope that they could help restore his vision to enable him to re-join his West Bengal State cricket team. He was fitted with KeraSoft® lenses by the company’s resident Optometrist, Jeetender Prashad, and has achieved an improved visual acuity compared to that with his RGPs, with the added benefit of comfortable all-day wear.
Abhishek Chakraborty recently assisted Irregular Cornea and Keratoconus Consultant, Lynn White, in a live demonstration of KeraSoft® lenses at a conference entitled ‘Sight Restoration with Contact Lenses’ held at the India International Centre in New Delhi. The conference is the first purely educational conference of its kind in India and was received with enthusiasm and interest by the attending Opticians and Ophthalmologists from India and other South Asian countries.
A question and answer session culminated in an audience member asking Chakraborty if he was happy with his KeraSoft® lenses and would he ever consider a return to RGP lenses, to which he replied “I would never go back to RGPs... I can wear my KeraSoft® lenses all day and am already practising in the nets with no discomfort or vision problems.” Chakraborty has since returned to practising with his State team, resumed fielding practice and is now able to spot the ball with ease.
Lynn White commented,“For people like Chakraborty being able to wear contact lenses, such as KeraSoft®, all day with comfort is not just a lifestyle choice; they play an essential part in enabling keratoconics to lead a normal life again. Something that many of us take for granted.”