The Appasamy Group makes 80% of the intraocular lenses used in India to treat patients with cataracts.
A replacement intraocular lens is a flexible, plastic insert with positioning and holding struts called haptics. The patient's own lens is removed - usually after it is frozen - and the new one is implanted inside the capsular bag of the eye. Appasamy produces 300,000 lenses a month, and an enormous range of other equipment used in eye clinics and hospitals.
Many of the company's mainstay products are made on a variety of Haas CNC machine tools, and almost all its milestone innovations over the years have been those that met a local need at a cost far lower than imported equipment. This continues to be the case, and today, the company supplies products and equipment to 10,000 eye doctors, all over the country.