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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.” ⌧

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