Dr Cyres K Mehta is a doctor with a special love for wheels
MEET DR CYRES K MEHTA, INDIA’S foremost eye surgeon. Recipient of several awards in India and abroad, the Mumbai-based Dr Mehta specialises in two new technologies that are poised to change the world of vision correction. In the first, cataracts are melted away without even an incision while in the second case vision correction is done using a new laser system that does not require the cutting of the flap, unlike in Lasik. A pioneer of canoplasty, a treatment for glaucoma that is minimally invasive, in India, Dr Mehta became the first ever Indian to become editor of EUROTIMES, the magazine of the European Society of Cataract Surgeons. He is also a consultant to the Maharashtra Police since 2003 and was awarded by the governor of Maharashtra. He also has a philanthropic side to his existence and is happy to operate on underprivileged children and remove cataracts for free so that they may get a chance at life. But this is only one side to him.
Meet Dr Cyres K Mehta, avid car and bike enthusiast. His first car was a humble 1971 Fiat that he drove to college in the 1990s. Later, as a student and then as a young doctor in the US given access to boss’ collection of Harley-Davidsons he discovered a passion for two wheels. Despite increasing demands on his time, courtesy a practice that has flourished , his love for cars and bikes never took a back seat. He never stopped learning either and went on to complete all four levels of the prestigious California Superbike School that has had the privilege of training world champions like Wayne Rainey. He currently owns an Audi RS7 and his passion for technology, both in his profession and private life, has led him to the Kawasaki Ninja H2.
The one thing that has separated him from the pack however has been his decision to never have more than one fast car and one superbike at any one time. “I do have a passion for cars and bikes but I have to work hard to indulge in this passion for it is expensive. So I don’t believe in excesses,” he says with a smile. “Besides, there is only one of me. So one car and one bike at any one point is enough.” ⌧