As ASG Eye Hospitals completes one year in Goa, an overview of their achievements and future plans
ASG Eye Hospitals is a leading group of tertiary eye care providers from India which was established in 2005 at Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Two young postgraduates Dr Arun Singhvi and Dr Shahshank Gang from AIIMS, New Delhi came together to sow the seed of the first hospital with a vision to bridge the gap in super specialty ophthalmic care and skills at AIIMS, New Delhi and Tier 2 and 3 cities of India. Their mission is “To make available to every individual the best quality of health care treatment and solutions irrespective of their awareness, knowledge and financial status and for this purpose to create a pool of trained and skilled health care professionals whose skills and knowledge are at par with the best in the world.”
Recently, Vasan Eye Care, a Chennai based eye specialty chain, committee of creditors has unanimously approved around an offer from ASG to acquire this chain. The acquisition of Vasan Eye Care will give ASG the widest geographical footprint among healthcare chains in the country with hospitals in more than 20 states.
Last year they opened up their first branch in Goa, located in Caranzalem. This hospital is spread over 8,000 square feet divided over the first and second floor with a spacious and comfortable patient waiting lounge. Services such as Cataracts (Phaco), Lasik, Vitreo-Retina, Oculoplasty, Cornea, Squint, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and others are available in this hospital. The medical team at ASG Goa consists of five experienced doctors; Dr Sean Socrates da Silva, Dr Aditya Kajave, Dr Chandraprakash Oli, Dr Piyush Jain and Dr Akash Yadav. Today, ASG Hospitals’ success story has chartered an unprecedented growth path with 37 centers established across India and early forays into Nepal and Uganda.
In the past year, since they have set up operations in Goa, Dr Sean and his team has conducted 649 surgeries out of which 377 were cataract operations, 28 retina surgeries, 137 retinal injections, 9 Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL), 1 squint, 4 Pterygium Excision, 47 lasik and 46 Corneal collagen crosslinkings (CXL).
“We also have the Pentacam Imaging system and CL UVR corneal crosslinking laser for treatment of Keratoconus. Q LASIK, ICL and Bioptics have been performed for patients to get rid of their glasses and it is an amazing experience to see the joy on their faces the next day waking up to a new world. We intend to start Stem cell and Corneal transplantation work shortly. We are keen to ensure that ASG becomes a centre of excellence for Eye care in Goa and patients do not need to travel outside the state for these treatments,” adds Dr Sean.
Another milestone was achieved in operating a six month baby girl who had a congenital cataract and squint in the left eye. She underwent left eye congenital cataract removal with lens aspiration posterior capsulorhexis and vitrectomy under general anesthesia by Dr. Piyush Jain who specializes in pediatrics cataract and squint.
Dr Sean stated that such cataracts should be diagnosed in the early stages and children with leukocoria should undergo dilated pupil examination to rule out other eye related disorders.
Dr Arun Singhvi also mentioned that in the last one year we are indeed proud that ASG Goa has quickly established itself for providing quality eye care to the citizens of Goa. State of Art technology and excellent infrastructure along with an excellent medical and paramedical team has made the difference.
Since they commenced operations in Goa, ASG Eye Hospitals has won the Spexmojo presents Business Goa Awards 2022 for ‘Healthcare Brand of the Year’ and ‘Gomantak Brand of Goa Awards 2022’.
Right now, Dr Sean and his team are at the beginning of their journey in Goa. “Working with a larger team of full time ophthalmologists on board, catering to patients from India and abroad and starting a training program for young ophthalmologists in Goa at par with the best in the world is a road map we plan to charter,” he adds.
The hospital aims for further expansion across the country in a phased manner providing specialized care under one roof whilst retaining its identity centered on its vision and mission.
“We are extremely thankful for the love and support we have received from our patients, well-wishers and the medical fraternity through the support of Government of Goa. We are empaneled under DDSSY Scheme (Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojna.) and Ayushman Bharat Scheme to provide affordable care for the poor patients,” says Dr. Sean.