LAHORE - Prof Asad Aslam Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor /Chairman of Ophthalmology, King Edward Medical University, Lahore has been awarded PhD in Ophthalmology by the KEMU. His thesis titled: “gene based study of prognostic evaluation of retinoblastoma of eye” was examined by scholars from United Kingdom and Japan, while his public defense was conducted by the examiners from Agha Khan Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan. He thus becomes the first PhD in the field of Ophthalmology in Pakistan.

Prof Asad Aslam Khan founded the College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences (COAVS), Lahore and also works as Principal / Director General of the College. He is also the National Coordinator of WHO Collaborative Programme for Prevention of Blindness in Pakistan. His services in the field of Ophthalmology were recognised by the Government of Pakistan when he was awarded the highest civil award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan. He has 39 research papers published in recognised journals.

Three blind siblings heard: Three blind children of a needy woman Khadija Bibi, resident of a village of Gujrat, have been shifted to Mayo Hospital where examination of their eyes and free treatment will be carried out under the supervision of Principal Institute of Ophthalmology Prof Asad Aslam.

According to the spokesman of Health Department Punjab, Khadija Bibi had appealed to Chief Minister Punjab through free treatment of her children. Prof Asad Aslam Khan told that final opinion with regard to treatment and restoration of sight will be given after examination of eyes. He said that on the direction of the Chief Minister Punjab, best treatment facilities would be provided to the children.