Dr. Pankaj Bendale

Dr. Pankaj Bendale

[M.B.B.S, M.S. F.A.E.H (Glaucoma)]

After completing master of surgery in ophthalmology from Mumbai university, Dr. Pankaj Bendale completed long term Glaucoma fellowship under Dr. P. Sathyan at Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbtore.

Academic Qualification:

  • M.B.B.S. from Grant Medical College & J.J. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • M.S. (OPHTHALMOLOGY) from INHS Asvini, Mumbai, Indian Navy’s Premier Hospital.
  • F.A.E.H.(Glaucoma) (Fellowship in Glaucoma diagnosis & Management) (24 months) from Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore,Tamilnadu.
  • Glaucoma implant training
    L.V.Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.
  • Glaucoma observership
    Singapore National Eye Center, Singapore.

Current Post:

  • Adult Cataract, Glaucoma & Neuro ophthalmology Consultant at National Institute of Ophthalmology, Pune, INDIA.
  • Adult Cataract, Glaucoma & Neuro ophthalmology Consultant at Dr. Bendale's Eye Care, Pune, INDIA.
  • Chief of Glaucoma Services at National Institute of Ophthalmology, Pune, INDIA.
  • Faculty for M.ch Ophthalmology courses conducted by USAIM university of Seychelles.
  • Member of Pune Ophthalmology Society.
  • Member of Glaucoma Society of INDIA.

Professional Experience

  • He worked as a Glaucoma Fellow for two years in Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. Aravind Eye Hospital is a tertiary care referral center in INDIA, recognized by the National Board Of Examinations (NBE) in New Delhi and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London for Basic Specialist Training (BST). It is a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating center for prevention of Blindness. His surgical exposures during this stint had strong emphasis on cataract surgeries like Small incision Cataract extraction and Phacoemulsification with IOL implantation in both Venturi and Peristaltic machines.
  • He was involved in teaching Small Incision Cataract Surgery and Phacoemulsification to residents and practicing ophthalmologists from various parts of INDIA.
  • Currently he is working as Chief of Glaucoma Services & Adult Cataract Consultant at National institute of Ophthalmology, Pune since January 2010. Till date he has done around 10,000 Cataract Surgeries.
  • Till today he has done around 3000 Trabeculectomy with or without Cataract Surgeries.

Surgical And Clinical Skills

    • He has done 10,000 of Cataract Microsurgeries in last few years.
    • He is comfortable in doing Topical Clear Corneal Phacoemulsification with foldable intraocular lens implantation.
    • He is able to perform all the techniques of Phaco e.g. Divide and Conquer; Stop and Chop, Direct Chop, Horizontal and Vertical Chop.
    • He has special interest in doing Complicated Cataract Surgeries e.g. Traumatic Cataract, Subluxated Cataract, Cataract in Small Pupil with Posterior Synechiae, Cataract with Pseudoexfoliation, Hypermature Cataract and Intumuscent Cataract.
    • Successfully doing Subluxated Cataract Surgery with use of CTR (Capsular Tention Ring).
    • He did his Glaucoma fellowship under Dr. P SATHYAN (Ex Chief Glaucoma Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore,Tamilnadu, INDIA).
    • During his fellowship he acquired good clinical knowledge and skill of Trabeculectomy & their preoperative & post operative management.
    • He has done many plain Trabeculectomy, Phaco-Trabeculectomy with Foldable IOL as well as SICS with Trabeculectomy with IOL with good level of excellence.
    • In almost all cases of glaucoma surgery, he is putting Releasable Sutures and using Mitomycin-C or Ologen implant. Till today he has done around 3000 Trabeculectomy with or without Cataract Surgeries.
    • He is regularly doing non penetrating Glaucoma Surgeries, Express Shunt,Aurolab Aqueous drainage implant and also Ahmed valve implantation for Refractory Glaucoma.
    • As we all know that Pediatric Glaucoma Surgery is different and difficult than adult surgery, he had wide experience of doing this cases during my fellowship.
    • He is comfortable in doing Goniotomy, Trabeculotomy & Trabeculotomy + Trabeculectomy in neonates as well as infants.
    • He has done many Nd:Yag laser Capsulotomy, Argon Laser Suturolysis, Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty, Nd:Yag Laser Peripheral Iridotomy and Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty

Areas Of Interest

  • As mentioned above he is focused on Adult Cataract, Glaucoma Surgeries. He is very comfortable with Toric IOLs, Accomodative IOLs, Microphacoemulsification, Express Shunt for Glaucoma, Aravind Aqueous Drainage device which are recent surgeries.
    Currently there are 2 fellows with him to learn Glaucoma Diagnosis & Management at National Institute of Ophthalmology, Pune, INDIA.

Community Outreach Programmes And Other Eeye Care Awareness Activities

  • Community outreach programs are one of the major activities of Aravind Eye Care System in reaching out the community. Through free Eye Camps, Medical Teams from Hospital reach patients in rural area. The team works closely with local community leaders and service groups to organize the camps.
    Apart from cataract screening camps, eye screening in schools, refraction camps in industries have also been organized regularly. Being a Medical Officer he personally took interest and actively involved in various steps of conducting camps as well as maintaining good relations with sponsors. During a stay of 2 years in Aravind Eye Hospital he has attended more than 150 Cataract Screening Camps

Talks & Live Surgeries Done In CME & Conferences

  • Management of Uveitic Glaucoma at Uveitis Conference Pune in Sept 2010.
  • Trabeculectomy Indications & Techniques at Glaucoma Surgical Meet held in April 2011 at Pune.
  • Did live Phacotrabeculectomy Single Site & Twin Site in same Glaucoma Surgical Meet.
  • Did live Trabeculectomy with Ologen implant with single releasable suture at Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society’s Annual Conference held in Pune in Oct 2011.
  • Post Operative Management in Glaucoma Filtration Surgery in Pune Ophthalmological Society’s Annual Conference in Dec 2012.
  • Ocular Hypertension & Practical Implications of OHTS at Pune in June 2013.
  • Optic Disc Photography & its role in Glaucoma Management at Pune in June 2013.

Thesis, Papers & Posters Presentation

  • My Thesis for M.S (Ophthalmology) was “Correlation of IOP Measurement by Goldmann Applanation Tonometry & Non contact Tonometry”.
  • Article: Non Contact Tonometry (June 2009 issue TNOA Journal).
  • Poster: To study the correlation between duration of symptoms and post operative Glaucoma at 3 months post surgery in Phacolytic Glaucoma (GSI Annual Conference 2009 Bangalore).

Thesis Work Guided

  • Comparison of Single Site Phacotrabeculectomy with Twin Site Phacotrabeculectomy (Dr. Prachi Zambare).
  • Comparison of Trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C & Trabeculectomy with Ologen implant ( Dr. Anjali Singh).
  • Comparison of Surgically Induced Astigmatism in single & twin site Phacotrabeculectomy ( Dr. Sandeep Ajankar).