Manmeet Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, December 27
Noted ophthalmologist Dr Daljit Singh passed away here on Wednesday morning. Sources close to the family said he was suffering from a chronic disease and was bedridden for the past month.
He was 82.
The government had awarded Dr Singh with Padma Shri in 1987.
He had also contested the Lok Sabha election on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket from Amritsar against Capt Amarinder Singh and Arun Jaitley.
Later, differences with the AAP high command made him part ways with the AAP and join the Congress.
Dr Singh is known for his pioneering effort to introduce lens implants in the country. He is also known for inventing ‘plasma scalpel’ for glaucoma and cataract surgery along with a renowned ophthalmologist Dr Fugo of the US.
His prominent patients included Giani Zail Singh and Chaudhary Devi Lal.
His other contribution, in collaboration with Guru Nanak Dev University, is the isolation of new genes that cause congenital cataract.
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