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Cataract Surgery Now Available
NEWS RELEASE
January 21, 2015
Cataract Surgery Now Offered at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital


DUNNVILLE – Haldimand War Memorial Hospital has signed an agreement with Hamilton-based
ophthalmologist Dr. Jesh Sharda to provide cataract surgery in Dunnville. This comes after the hospital
and Dr. Sharda have been working on a pilot program while the logistics of a permanent cataract surgery
program could be worked out.

In 2014, Dr. Sharda performed 385 cataract procedures in Dunnville, with a complication rate of less
than one per cent - lower than the average for this type of surgery - and a 98 per cent patient
satisfaction rating. Now that the cataract surgery program is officially in place, it’s expected that
Dr. Sharda will perform 400 to 500 procedures each year.

The target wait time for cataract surgery in Ontario is 182 days, while at the Dunnville Hospital the wait
time is 90 days.

“Our arrangement with Dr. Sharda will provide a huge benefit to our community,” says hospital
president and CEO David Montgomery. “We have entered into an agreement with Dr. Sharda for time in
our operating rooms, which will result in the cataract surgeries being done with no added cost to the
hospital.”

The Dunnville Lions Club and the hospital’s Volunteer Association are securing funding for some of the
necessary equipment.

“It is my honour and privilege to serve the community in helping to restore sight and quality of life,”
Dr. Sharda says. “I thank Dunnville and the hospital for embracing me and the cataract program with
such enthusiasm and support.”

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For more information, contact David Montgomery, president and CEO, 905-774-7431 ext. 1212,
dmontgomery@hwmh.com
Photo caption – Dr. Sharda performs cataract surgery on a patient at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital.
Haldimand War Memorial Hospital • Dunnville, Ontario • 905.774.7431