BOPAL EYE CARE CENTRE

Bopal Eye Care Centre (BECC) is housed in Amrapali Mall which is located strategically at the junction of Ambli-Bopal Road and Sardar Patel Ring Road. This gives an easy access to people living in Bopal, Ghuma, Shilaj, Sanand, Bavla, Gandhinagar and other surrounding areas. However, people from central areas of Ahmedabad have also been visiting the hospital for treatment.
Amrapali Mall has a huge parking space, at the back of the building as well as in the basement, for patients using personal vehicles. A convenient lift is available to reach the hospital on the second floor.
The total built up area of the hospital is about 1500 Sq. Feet. The ambience of the hospital is impressive. The waiting area is spacious and comfortable.
Patients’ clinical records are maintained electronically for long term with customized software. Each patient is assigned a unique identification number which makes the case retrieval simpler at follow-up visits.

Counseling patients about eye related problems and their treatment is one of our major tasks at BECC. As part of our effort to educate each patient about his/her specific problems, we have a counseling facility. The counselors give information and guidance with power point presentations. We also provide printed brochures on various topics. The relatives of surgical patients are given an opportunity to watch live surgery with briefing by a counselor.
We also offer to provide prescription-base spectacles for the patients. We have a selection of frames of traditional and modern styles. The patient is given a choice of glass or fiber to be fitted in the frame. However, patients are free to get their specs made elsewhere and we offer cross checking in such cases.

We try our best to provide and maintain a hygienic environment in the hospital. Antiseptic solution and sterile water are used for scrubbing (cleaning of hands) of the surgeon and assistants before surgery.
The hospital has a facility of Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for continuous functioning of equipments in case of power failure.
BECC is on the panel of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Tata Motors

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DR. ALPESH R. SHAH 


Academic Career


Dr. Alpesh R. Shah studied for M.B.B.S. at M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar and received his degree in January 1996 from Saurashtra University.
He then specialized in Ophthalmology and received his M. S. degree in January 1999, also from Saurashtra University.
Dr. Shah did Phacoemulsification Fellowship from January 1999 to April 2001 under Dr. Vasavada at Raghudeep Eye Clinic and its research centre, Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre, Ahmedabad.

Professional Career

Upon completion of fellowship Dr. Shah wanted to continue his association with Dr. Vasavada. He was asked to handle Dr. Vasavada’s phaco training centre at S. K. Red Cross Eye Hospital, Dholka as a Consultant and Phaco Trainer that he successfully managed and coordinated between 2001 and 2010. At Dholka, apart from performing cataract and other surgeries, extensive hands on training under the supervision of Dr. Shah was given to a number of Indian and international ophthalmic surgeons.
In 2004, while being associated with Dr. Vasavada, Dr. Shah started his private clinic in Vasna area on a part-time basis.
Dr. Shah has performed more than 20,000 intraocular surgeries so far out of which more than 13000 surgeries have been performed using phacoemulsification technique.

He has expertise in performing micro-coaxial phacoemulsification for all types of cataract, including complicated cataract, subluxated cataract and in eyes with adverse ocular conditions like glaucoma, uveitis, pseudoexfoliation syndrome, small (non-dilating) pupil, etc.

He has in depth understanding (of the science and technique) and lot of experience of implanting Newer Generation Intraocular Lenses (IOL) such as Toric IOL for eyes having cataract with Astigmatism and Multifocal IOL to reduce dependence on glasses for near vision after cataract surgery.
At present, apart from BECC (where he gives his major time), Dr. Shah is associated with multi-specialty hospitals like CIMS and Shalby.

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PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Overseas Phaco trainer


In 2004, Dr. Shah was invited to impart training at an institutional level to a group of doctors at B. P. Koirala Medical College in Dharan, Nepal. He was also invited to train surgeons of Himalaya Eye Hospital in Pokhara, Nepal. Over the years Dr. Shah has visited Nepal a number of times.Since 2005, Dr. Shah has also been visiting Indonesia once or twice every year to train the surgeons of Klinik Mata Nusantara in Jakarta.

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AWARD


Runner up Award as a co-author in a video film “Camouflaged catastrophe in infantile cataracts” presented at annual meeting of American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons held at San Diego, U.S.A. in 2001.

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PUBLICATIONS


Shah GD, Vasavada AR, Praveen MR, Shah AR, Trivedi RH. “Incidence and influence of posterior capsule striae on the development of posterior capsule opacification after 1-piece hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lens implantation.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2012 Feb;38(2):202-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2011.07.038. Epub 2011 Dec 9.


Vasavada AR, Raj SM, Shah A, Shah G, Vasavada V, Vasavada V. “⦁ Comparison of posterior capsule ⦁ opacification⦁ with hydrophobic acrylic and hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Jun; 37(6):1050-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2010.12.060.


Praveen MR, Shah GD, Vasavada AR, Shah AR, Johar K, Gami Y, Diwan RP, Shah SM. “ Posterior capsule opacification in eyes with steroid-induced cataracts: Comparison of early results.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Jan;37(1):88-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2010.08.035.


Vasavada AR, Shah A, Raj SM, Praveen MR, Shah GD. “ ⦁ Prospective evaluation of posterior capsule ⦁ opacification⦁ in myopic eyes 4 years after implantation of a single-piece acrylic IOL.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2009 Sep;35(9):1532-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2009.04.039.


Shah A, Spalton DJ, Gilbert C, Vasavada A, Boyce JF, Minassian D, Jayaram H, Mabey D. “ ⦁ Effect of intraocular lens edge profile on posterior capsule ⦁ opacification⦁ after ⦁ extracapsular⦁ cataract surgery in a developing country.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Jul;33(7):1259-66.


Praveen MR, Shah AR, Jani UD, Raj SM, Vasavada AR. “⦁ Management of congenital bilateral subluxated cataract with ⦁ Cionni⦁ ring.” - Indian J Ophthalmol. 2006 Mar;54(1):39-41.


Shah AR, Diwan RP, Vasavada AR, Keng MQ. “⦁ Corneal endothelial safety of ⦁ intracameral⦁ preservative-free 1% ⦁ xylocaine⦁ .” - Indian J Ophthalmol. 2004 Jun;52(2):133-8.


Vasavada AR, Singh R., Shah AR. 'Camouflaged catastrophe' hides in some infantile cataracts - Ocular Surgery News Oct. 2001 Vol.19 No.19 Pag.52-53.


Shah AR, Vasavada AR. Extracapsular cataract extraction – A chapter in post graduate book “Modern ophthalmology” by Dr. L.C.Dutta.


Shah GD, Vasavada AR, Praveen MR, Shah AR, Trivedi RH. “Incidence and influence of posterior capsule striae on the development of posterior capsule opacification after 1-piece hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lens implantation.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2012 Feb;38(2):202-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2011.07.038. Epub 2011 Dec 9.


Vasavada AR, Raj SM, Shah A, Shah G, Vasavada V, Vasavada V. “⦁ Comparison of posterior capsule ⦁ opacification⦁ with hydrophobic acrylic and hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Jun;37(6):1050-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2010.12.060.


Praveen MR, Shah GD, Vasavada AR, Shah AR, Johar K, Gami Y, Diwan RP, Shah SM. “Posterior capsule opacification in eyes with steroid-induced cataracts: Comparison of early results.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2011 Jan;37(1):88-96. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2010.08.035.


Vasavada AR, Shah A, Raj SM, Praveen MR, Shah GD. “⦁ Prospective evaluation of posterior capsule ⦁ opacification⦁ in myopic eyes 4 years after implantation of a single-piece ⦁ acrylic IOL.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2009 Sep;35(9):1532-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2009.04.039.


Shah A, Spalton DJ, Gilbert C, Vasavada A, Boyce JF, Minassian D, Jayaram H, Mabey D. “⦁ Effect of intraocular lens edge profile on posterior capsule ⦁ opacification⦁ after ⦁ extracapsular⦁ cataract surgery in a developing country.” - J Cataract Refract Surg. 2007 Jul;33(7):1259-66.


Praveen MR, Shah AR, Jani UD, Raj SM, Vasavada AR. “⦁ Management of congenital bilateral subluxated cataract with ⦁ Cionni⦁ ring.” - Indian J Ophthalmol. 2006 Mar;54(1):39-41.


Shah AR, Diwan RP, Vasavada AR, Keng MQ. “⦁ Corneal endothelial safety of ⦁ intracameral⦁ preservative-free 1% ⦁ xylocaine⦁ .” - Indian J Ophthalmol. 2004 Jun;52(2):133-8.


PRESENTATIONS

Presented clinical research papers at National and International conferences in India and abroad (USA, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Indonesia, Nepal, Switzerland etc.)
Has been invited as a speaker at forums organized by Gujarat Ophthalmic Society.
Given lectures in CME programmes organized by Ahmedabad Medical Association.


RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

As part of a collaborative project, Dr. Shah visited St. Thomas’s Hospital, London, in year 2001, to be trained in posterior capsule imaging and analysis under the guidance of Mr. David Spalton. He then undertook his first independent research project on design of Intraocular Lens under the guidance of Mr. Spalton and Dr. Vasavada for about 3 years and successfully completed it with encouraging results which were then published (#14 in the list of publications).
During his tenure at Raghudeep Eye Clinic (REC) he also worked as a research associate at Iladevi Cataract & IOL Research Centre (ICIRC), a research wing of REC. A lot of research projects on improvement of the material and design of intraocular lenses were undertaken as a team member of ICIRC. The main objective of these projects was to improve the quality and performance of intraocular lens. The last project he undertook was to compare different techniques of cataract surgery. He did some projects independently and some as a co-investigator.

Our Lasik Centre

Lasik laser treatment is a modern technique to remove the numbers of spectacles. This treatment is provided in Freedom Eye Laser Centre where Dr. Shah is a partner.

Address: Vraj Avenue, Second Floor, 
Nr. St. Xavier’s Ladies Hostel, 
Beside Petrol Pump, 
Nr. Swastik Cross Roads, 
Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009

Phone: (079) 26562177 / 26562178

The centre has USFDA (U. S. Food & Drugs Administration) approved Nidek CX III (Japan) laser machine. We provide treatment options like Lasik and Wavefront Lasik and Lapto Lasik. The machine has special programs like Prolate Level 7 treatment for good vision in low light conditions, Online Cyclotorsion treatment for eyes with cylindrical numbers and PAC treatment for presbyopic eyes. Before a procedure the patient is examined with Pentacam HR Imaging machine. It indicates whether the eyes of a patient are suitable for laser treatment.

About LASIK

Lasik procedure is used to treat refractive errors. Normally, light rays from an object are focussed on Retina to form a clear image. When the light rays are not bent properly to focus the image on the retina, the image is formed either in front or behind the retina. This image appears blurred. This condition is known as Refractive Error.
In Lasik procedure the cornea is polished with laser to focus the rays on the retina. The patient gets clear vision without specs or contact lens. Minus (–1 to –20), plus (+1 to +7) and cylindrical numbers (1 and 7) can be removed using this method. The patient gets normal vision usually in a day or two.
It is a painless procedure done under topical anaesthesia without any injection. Both eyes are treated at the same time. Eyes are kept open after the procedure. The patient can resume routine activities like reading, driving, working on computer, going to office, cooking, watching TV usually from the next day.

Eligibility for Lasik

Patient must be aged 18 years and above
The number must be stable (unchanged) for 6 months

Different methods for Lasik procedure
Patients are treated using one of the following methods depending on the measurement of cornea and spectacle numbers:
Lasik method (130 microns): In this method Laser treatment is given based only on the numbers of the eyes.
Wavefront method (130 microns): In this method laser treatment is given based on customized mapping of the patient’s cornea.
Online Cyclotorsion laser method (130 microns): This method uses the fingerprint of the Iris (Iris Pattern) to remove the cylindrical numbers with more accuracy.
Prolate Level 7 laser method (130 microns): This method is useful in considerably reducing glare at night as the circular shape of the cornea is mostly retained.
Lapto Lasik method (90 microns): Used in combination with any of the above methods. This method is useful for patients with thin cornea and high numbers.

Newer treatment for eyes not suitable for Lasik (too high numbers or very thin cornea):

⦁ Lasek treatment
⦁ ICL Phakic IOL (Implantable Contact Lens).