Amar Agarwal is the pioneer of Phakonit which is Phako with a Needle Incision Technology. This technique became popularized as Bimanual phaco, Microincision cataract surgery (MICS) or Microphaco. He is the first to remove cataracts through a 0.7 mm tip with the technique called Microphakonit. He has also discovered No anesthesia cataract surgery and FAVIT, a new technique to remove dropped nuclei. The air pump which was a simple idea of using an aquarium fish pump to increase the fluid into the eye in bimanual phaco and co-axial phaco has helped prevent surge. This built the basis of various techniques of forced infusion for small incision cataract surgery. He was also the first to use trypan blue for staining epiretinal membranes and publishing the details in his 4 volume textbook of opthalmology. He has also discovered a new refractive error called Aberropia. He has also been the first to do a combined surgery of microphakonit (700 micron cataract surgery) with a 25 gauge vitrectomy in the same patient, thus having the smallest incisions possible for cataract and vitrectomy. He is also the first surgeon to implant a new mirror telescopic IOL (LMI) for patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration. He has also been the first in the world to implant a Glued IOL. In this a PC IOL is fixed in an eye without any capsules using fibrin glue. The Malyugin ring for small pupil cataract surgery was also modified by him as the Agarwal modification of the Malyugin ring for miotic pupil cataract surgeries with posterior capsular defects.
Prof. Agarwal has received many awards for his work done in opthalmology most significant being the BARRAQUER AWARD and the KELMAN AWARD. His videos have won many awards at the film festivals of ASCRS, AAO and ESCRS. He has also written more than 40 books which have been published in various languages- English, Spanish and Polish. He also trains doctors from all over the world in his center on phaco, binamual phaco, lasik and retina. He is also Professor of Opthalmology at Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai, India. He can be contacted at- dragarwal@ vsnl.com. The website of the hospital is http://www.dragarwal.com.
Athiya Agarwal is an excellent teacher and performs no anesthesia cataract surgery, phakonit and lasik with extreme ease. She practices at Dr. Agarwal's eye hospital, 19 Cathedral Road, Chennai-600 086, India. Dr. Athiya Agarwal has received many video awards for her work done in opthalmology. She has won awards at the ASCRS, ESCRS, and AAO. She also conducts courses at international conferences.
Soosan Jacob is a Senior Consultant Opthalmologist in Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, Chennai, India. She is a gold medalist in Opthalmology. She has won many international awards at prestegious international conferences in the USA. She is a good speaker and has conducted courses and delivered lectures in numerous national and international conferences. She has special interest in cutting edge surgical techniques for cataract, cornea, glaucoma, and refractive surgery including deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty, ocular surface reconstruction, new refractive solutions and so on. She has many articles to her credit, has authored numerous chapters in 27 textbooks by international and national publishers and is also the associate0editor for a book on refractive surgery. She is amongst the senior faculty for the DNB postgraduate training programme and phacoemulsification training programme for overseas doctors.