Capable doctors and years of experience have turned B.T. Maskati a trustworthy name in the medical industry. We entered the market in the year 1986 and since then, we have been doing eye surgeries such as Glaucoma Surgery, Corneal Surgeries, Conjunctival or Ocular Surface Surgeries, Cataract Surgery and many more.
With the aim of helping people by performing efficient optical surgeries at affordable costs, we operate from our medical set up in Mumbai, Maharashtra. To conduct these surgeries, we have an experienced team of doctors who are skilled and passionate.
Over a period of three long decades, we have served countless customers and they praise our remarkable work, affordable rates, excellent care and complete medical support. We have prioritized using the latest technology and machinery to conduct our surgeries and have always upgraded our facilities with the changing times. In addition to our advanced machinery, we are also recognised in the market for our after-procedure support, effective check-ups and client-focused policies.
Our organization is led and shaped by two renowned doctors who have marvelled at their fields. These doctors are:
Dr. B.T. Maskati (1925-2016)
Prominent ophthalmologist, deeply committed to serving humanity, ardent Rotarian, world-class orator, raconteur of humour, and experienced traveler are words that accurately define Dr. B. T. Maskati.
The life story of Dr. B.T. Maskati is incredibly motivating. He was orphaned at a young age and received scholarships to finish his education in Surat and later Bombay. Not bending in front of the hardships of life, he used to study under the light of street lamps and survive on one meal per day. In 1950, he received free tuition to finish his MBBS at G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital in Bombay. To become a really complete surgeon, he later accepted positions in general surgery, ENT, and even dentistry in addition to ophthalmology, before passing the MS (Ophth) exam on the first attempt in 1955, a feat accomplished by only one other student out of 20 in his batch. In the same year, he took his wedding vows with Ms. Mariam, and in reception of them, he wore a coat that he borrowed from his friend.
Later in 1958, he was chosen to serve as the honorary assistant ophthalmic surgeon of his alma mater. At that time, only a foreign returned individual could have such a position. Dr. Maskati lacked the resources to visit overseas. Yet, realizing his potential, the Bombay Municipal Corporation granted him a loan of Rs. 5,000, upon which he traveled to London by boat for the first time. Naturally, after his return, Dr. Maskati paid back the debt within the allotted time.
From 1958 until 1983, he worked at K.E.M. Hospital and G. S. Medical College as an honorary ophthalmic surgeon and then as head of the ophthalmology department. He currently holds the titles of Senior Most Honorary Consultant at Saifee Hospital and Professor Emeritus at K.E.M. Hospital. The KEM Ophthalmology Department developed as a referral centre for patients from all around the nation during his time at KEMH. In the early 1970s, it was one of the first departments in the nation to purchase a xenon arc photocoagulation machine, treating patients from far and wide who could not afford treatment for conditions including Eales disease, retinoblastomas, and diabetic and hypertensive retinopathies. Original research conducted at KEM in the early 1980s demonstrated the effectiveness of shorter postoperative stays for cataract patients. Long before it became the standard across the nation, daycare surgery was introduced at KEM. Dr. Maskati received his ophthalmology training from legends like George Spaeth for glaucoma, Sir Stewart Duke Elder for retinal detachment, Mr. Stallard for glaucoma, Mr. Eric Arnott for retinoblastoma, Irene Maumenee for ocular genetics, etc. Dr. Weve for retinal detachment, Mr. Stallard and Sir Stewart Duke Elder in the UK. He performed many types of eye surgeries, including keratoplasties, cataract surgeries, trabeculectomies, retinal detachment surgeries, and oculoplasty treatments, including ptosis and DCR. He was a real all-around eye surgeon. As a result, his students graduated as complete eye surgeons who were skilled in all techniques.
The idea of squint correction camps was the brainchild of Dr. Maskati in 1968 in addition to the standard cataract camps, which he began in 1962. During his visits to the distant interior of Maharashtra, he discovered that there was a lack of knowledge in the rural population about how to surgically correct the squint eyes of a child. The majority believed the condition was incurable. He saw that if a girl child had a squint, her parents were more concerned about the dowry than the eye problem; they were comfortable selling their lands for dowry but were not willing to pay for her squint surgery. Hence, squint was a bigger socioeconomic issue in the neighborhood than cataract. Dr. Maskati insisted that the closest eye surgeon to the camp participate in the case screening and assist with the surgery so that he can gain confidence and later perform such surgeries himself.
Since the beginning, Dr. Maskati has loved to teach and inspire the youth. Some of his notable pupils include Dr. Rumi Jehangir, Dr. Kirit Mody, the late Dr. Kanti Mody, and M.M. Joshi. Among them, Dr. Kanti Mody of Mumbai and Dr. M.M. Joshi of Hubli received the AIOS Lifetime Achievement Award. In Mumbai and across the nation, he has served as an examiner for MBBS and postgraduate exams. He saw every exam as a chance to share his knowledge. When he questioned a student, he made sure to enlighten that student with additional information, making it a teaching moment for the exam-taking student as well as the supervisors and the co-examiners. To conduct the MBBS exam, he even visited Srinagar during the height of the terrorism era, when no examiner around the area was willing to go.
Dr. Maskati has a lecture hall named after him in the medical college, and recently he has contributed Rs. 5 lacs to his alma mater. He always felt grateful to KEM Hospital and GS Medical College for giving him so much and helping to shape his career.
At national and international conferences, Dr. Maskati received a number of Oration Gold Awards. He gained immense praise from everyone in the sector for publishing over 100 papers. He represented India at European Congresses and International Congresses. He was the only Asian invited to the 2nd International Symposium in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1972 (A rare honor, as South Africa was still in the grip of apartheid). From 1970 to 1974, at the International Association for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), he has remained the only representative from South Asia, which included India, Pakistan, Burma, and Sri Lanka.
Dr. Maskati contributed Chapters in Diagnosis & Management of Medical Emergencies & API TextBook of Medicine.
He has served as a secretary general of All India Ophthalmological Society from the year of 1978 to 1985. He has acted as the president for All India Ophthalmological Society from the year of 1987 and achieved the impossible including got exemption of Customs Duty on 37 ophthalmology items like Lasers, Ophthalmic Microscopes, Scans, etc. He also became founder member and examiner of National Board of Examination (MNAMS), now called DNB.
Expert in Ophthalmology - Indian Council of Medical Research for 20 years.
In January 2000, he became the first recipient of the All India Opthalmalogical Society Lifetime Achievement Award. A similar prize was afterwards given out by the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society. He received the Excellent Teaching Award on September 5th, 2000, from both his alma mater, G.S. Medical College & K.E.M. Hospital, and the National Board of Examination in New Delhi. For the first time, an eye surgeon received both awards.
From 1989 to 1992, he served as the chairman of the National Association for the Blinds for Prevention and Control of Blindness. The first eye surgeon to attain this prestigious position was District Governor of Rotary International District 314 (19781979). Further, numerous Rotary clubs in the district, including his home club, the Rotary Club of Bombay North, presented him the Vocational Excellence Awards.
In March 2015, he withdrew from private practise at the sprightly young age of 90. Until his death on August 2, 2016, he continued to visit philanthropic patients twice a week in Saifee Hospital and kept up with new developments in ophthalmology by avidly reading journals and attending conferences.
Dr. Q.B. Maskati
He completed his undergraduate studies and postgraduate studies at KEM Hospital, Bombay University, earning his M.S., F.C.P.S., and D.O.M.S. degrees in 1983, the latter of which came with a gold medal. He further gained specialization in anterior segment microsurgery and corneal disorders from Rochester and Boston, USA. Some of his achievements are:
Before beginning a private practice in 1986, he spent one year as a lecturer at the Nair Hospital.
Has more than 20 scientific articles to his credit in both domestic and foreign magazines.
In 12 books, he is a co-author of chapters on Ophthalmology.
Has released a book titled Simplifying Eye Care in June 2010 for the general audience. In July 2013, a second version was made available. In September 2020, a third edition that has been extensively edited became available on Amazon India.
Has devised and conducted an Ophthalmic Quiz at the National Conference every year, for over 20 years.
Was the president of Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society (94-95) and Bombay Ophthalmologists Association (2000-01). He is the youngest person in the history of these societies to hold these posts.
Further, he was the president of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) from 2014 to 2015. With almost 20,000 members, this national ophthalmic society has the most members worldwide. After being appointed president of AIOS, he set a record in the history of AIOS by becoming the first father-son duo to hold this coveted position. (Dr. B.T.Maskati was President AIOS in 1987-88).
The World Ophthalmic Congresses (WOC), the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), the Asia Pacific Anterior segment, Cornea and Refractive Society (APACRS), the Asia Cornea Society Conferences (ACS), the International Kpro Society Conferences, the International Society of Dry Eye and Dacryology (ISDDE) Meetings, and others have all featured him as a guest speaker or visiting faculty member. Furthermore, he has served as a guest speaker for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), the South Asian Academy of Ophthalmology (now SAO, formerly SAARC), the American Academy of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the Middle East, Asian, and African Congress of Ophthalmology (MEACO), and annual conferences in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Egypt, Philippines, Turkey, Russia, China, USA (American Academy) UK (Royal College of Ophthalmologists, UK as well as Oxford Congress), etc. He has been an invited faculty member at every AIOS annual conference, since 1984.
With over 85 cases completed since 1997, he is the only ophthalmologist in Asia with significant experience with the Pintucci Keratoprosthesis. Along with several Indian cities, he also performed this procedure live in Manila, Colombo, Dhaka, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, and Karachi.
He is the only ophthalmologist in the entire world with training in both the Boston and Pintucci Keratoprosthesis, both of which have been used since 2009. For six years, up until 2004, he served as the ophthalmic advisor for all of India at Sight Savers International, formerly the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind.
He served as a consultant to the Queen Elizabeth Trust national task force on diabetic retinopathy and as the programme coordinator for AIOS diabetic eye screening clinics, which have been hosted annually throughout India during Diabetes Week, November 1421, since 2014. The idea behind this exercise, which screens over 10,000 diabetics around the nation, came from Dr. Quresh Maskati. Since 1980, he has participated in and led a number of surgical camps for cataract and squint correction in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh.
During the course of the last 15 years, he has given lectures on Dry Eye and the Pintucci Keratoprosthesis in over 60 Indian cities, in addition to the USA, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, the Philippines, China, Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Also, as a professor, he was the only person to receive invitations to share his rich knowledge in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Lebanon.
He received the VK Chitnis Oration from MOS in 1995, making him the youngest recipient, as well as a gold medal for his groundbreaking work on the Pintucci Keratoprosthesis at the Indian Implant and Silver Jubilee Conference of the Refractive Society in July 2007. He also received the APAO Achievement Award in 2013, the AIOS Honorary FAICO Award in 2013 (the first for a Cornea Surgeon), and the Egyptian Ophthalmic Society's prestigious Centenary Gold Medal in March 2013 for his work on K pros.Some other awards and recognition that he has received are the RPN Sinha Oration Award by the Bihar and Jharkhand Ophth Societies in June 2013, the A.V. Madangopal Oration Award by the Vidarbha Ophth Society in March 2014, the M. Mishra Oration Award by the Odisha Ophth Society in November 2014, the MV Albal Oration by the Solapur Ophth Society in 2019 and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Cornea and Kerato Refractive Surgeons (ISCKRS), to name a few.
During 2017-19, he served as president of the International Society for Small Incision Cataract Surgery (ISMSICS). He has also served as the founding member and President of the Cornea Society of India (CSI) from 2019 to 2020. Since 1998, he has been performing refractive surgery, including PRK, PTK, LASIK, and recently, Wave-Front Optimised LASIK and Femto Lasik, (Smile Surgery).
In 1986, Dr. Q. B. Maskati joined Rotary and later became the youngest president of his club in club history, the Rotary Club of Bombay North (9596). He was also the Assistant Governor from 2009 to 2010. And the associate district trainer, from 2010 to 2011; every year since, he has held significant responsibilities in the current District 3141.
He serves as a trustee for the Rangoonwala Foundation, a charitable trust with roots in the UK that has spent two decades working in the sectors of health care, patient rights advocacy, and education.
Dr. Maskati is a well-known public speaker who has addressed more than 100 events for Rotary, Lions, Giants, Jaycees, and numerous other social clubs on topics like humor, eye donation, ethics, and advances in eye care.
Why Choose Us?
Guided by the veterans of ophthalmologist industry, we perform surgeries including Conjunctival or Ocular Surface Surgeries, Glaucoma Surgery, Corneal Surgeries and many more. We are chosen and praised by patients not just because of our highly reliable surgeries but also due to these factors:
Three decades of experience in the industry
Hi-tech machines, tools, and facilities at the set up