Commander Abhilash Tomy at 28th Foundation Day

On LVPEI's 28th Foundation Day 17 October 2014, Commander Abhilash Tomy delivered a motivating talk about his adventurous feat in being the first Indian, second Asian, and 79th person to complete a solo, unassisted, non-stop circumnavigation under sail in 151 days, as a part of the Indian Navy's Sagar Parikrama project. He

was officially received by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, and has been awarded the Kirti Chakra (second highest peacetime gallantry award in India) and the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.

   
World Sight Day

Talk to schoolchildren, 9th October: Deepak Kumar Bagga from LVPEI's Sight Enhancement Services, along with Dr Gregory Hopkins, clinical assistant professor at the Ohio State University, College of Optometry spoke at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, on "Preventing eye injuries during the Diwali festival".
Across the Rural Network: The Gullapalli Pratibha Rao

International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye care (GPR ICARE) commemorated World Sight Day 9 - 18 October 2014 with a series of events including eye screening, awareness talks and rallies.

 

Late Shri Pushkarlalji Tibrewala Public Lecture

Prof Padmaja Sankaridurg, Program Leader, Brien Holden Vision Institute and The Vision Co-operative Research Centre, Sydney, Australia, delivered the Late Shri Pushkarlalji Tibrewala Public Lecture on 4 October 2014. She spoke on "Myopia - a growing problem worldwide" and described myopia as a growing epidemic leading to severe visual

morbidity in many parts of the world, especially South-East Asia.

 

PAVI Workshop on Yoga

A workshop on Yoga on 18 October 2014, for the clients of LVPEI's Rehabilitations Services and their parents, was coordinated by Mrs Sudha Dinakar, a core member

 
 

Awards & Honours

At the 38th Annual Conference of the Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmological Society (APOC) in Rajahmundry, 10-12 October 2014:

  • Virender Sachdeva won the V Raghavachari Medal for his free paper ''Treatment of Non-arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) - Intravitreal Avastin vs Oral Corticosteroids'', and Swarup's Best Video Award for ''Reoperations in strabismus: How to make the second chance count''
  • Avinash Pathengay won the Vengal Rao Medal for his free paper ''A new clinical sign in Parafoveal Telangiectasia''

At the joint meeting of the Asia Pacific Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (APSOPRS) and Silver Jubilee meeting of the Oculoplastics Association of India (OPAI) in Delhi 26-28 September 2014:

  • Javed Ali was elected to the Executive Council of APSOPRS, won the Dr Raman Mittal Award for the best paper and was awarded the OPAI medal for best video
  • Suryasnata Rath won the award for the best free paper in Rapid Fire session, with Javed Ali as Runners-up.

Subhadra Jalali has been recognized as 'Distinguished Lecturer' by the Boston Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Foundation, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, for her "outstanding contributions to the international ophthalmology community"


Taraprasad Das has been elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences.


G Chandra Sekhar delivered the G S Grover Oration on 'Understanding and Improving Clinical Acumen' at Uttara Eyecon, organized by the Uttarakhand State Ophthalmological Society at Mussoorie, 3-5 October 2014.


Gullapalli N Rao delivered the inaugural address at the 'Annual CSR Day' of HYSEA (Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association) on 29th September 2014 at HICC, Hyderabad.


The sixth Dr G Venkataswamy Award was presented to Gullapalli N Rao on 1st October 2014 at Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai. Dr Rao gave an oration titled 'Dr Venkataswamy's Vision: Banish Blindness.' Mr G Srinivasan presented the award in the presence of other senior leaders at Aravind.


 
 

In TOGETHERNESS with our LVPEI family in Vizag

The beautiful GMR Varalakshmi campus at Visakhapatnam was reduced to a ghost of its former glory, humbled and battered by the cyclonic storm Hudhud that pounded the city on October 12 with wind speeds of 200 kmph.

The ferocity of the cyclone was such that it devastated homes, fields and greenery; damaged buildings and structures; and

flattened trees and electricity poles.

The LVPEI staff got into action the very next day, cleaning and clearing the campus, despite personal hardships owing to the cyclone. They toiled as one,

chopping and carrying logs of wood, sweeping and gathering every bit of litter, getting bruised and bitten by strange insects.

 

There were individual tales of inspiration too; of stoic commitment in the face of calamity and personal loss: OR staff V Gangadhar and A Bhaskar sustained severe injuries while working on the campus, with Bhaskar needing 20 stitches to his little finger and Gangadhar fracturing his right leg. But they persisted in fulfilling their commitment, having refused leave and merely requesting a temporary allotment of duties in outpatient reception.

Staff and faculty came in at 3.45am to complete surgeries by 8am since electricity was only partially restored in the city and available 4am to 8am. Outpatient services continued to run during the day without electricity.

The LVPEI family pitched in too. 25 boxes of relief material contributed by staff members were dispatched, in addition to financial contributions from staff across the network.
Togetherness, 'patient first', excellence and efficiency were the values practiced with exemplary commitment. Bravo Team GMRV!

Dear Dr Somasheila,

There were individual tales of inspiration too; of stoic commitment in the face of calamity and personal loss: OR staff V Gangadhar and A Bhaskar sustained severe injuries while working on the campus, with Bhaskar needing 20 stitches to his little finger and Gangadhar fracturing his right leg. But they persisted in fulfilling their commitment, having refused leave and merely requesting a temporary allotment of duties in outpatient reception.

Fuchs' Dystrophy - My disease, my friend
Madhura Sengupta

You came to me,
You stayed with me,
Have been with me
For years silently.

You sat on my eyes,
Never gave me a chance
To see you or know you
But couldn't hide for long
Or live a life forlorn;
You made your presence felt,
My eyes smarted and wept,
They turned red and even bled.

Good way to grab attention!

Went on to blur my vision,
You'll rest on my eyes be sure.
Your place here is secure.

I give you word of honor
I won't seek eyes from a donor;
This promise isn't fake,
It's no sacrifice I make.
I openly admit
From you I benefit.

They call you a disease,
But I can say with ease,
Though my eyes you do weaken,
My mind you enlighten.

You are helping me see life,
In a wholly different light.

Days unpleasantly glare,
Nights comforting n fair,
All objects seem so dull
Pale and unreal,
Only, shadows look real.

That dark could be so pleasant
I never knew before,
Death would surely stay
a friend
Ever, evermore.....

 
 

Eminent Visitors / Updates

Mr Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Human Rights; Mr Stanley Gomes, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner - South India; 16 October.


Dr Greg Hopkins, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ohio State University College of Optometry and Low Vision Optometrist, Columbus Veteran Affairs Medical Center, collaborative visit as a part of IUSSTF exchange, 28 September - 20 October; Guest Lecture 'Evaluation of visual function in a pediatric low vision setting', 10 October.


Dr Irene H Maumenee, Research Professor Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Service, Director Ocular Genetics Laboratory, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago; Guest Lecture 'Ocular Complications in Hereditary Connective Tissue Diseases'; 10 October.


Dr Vivian Yin, Oculoplastic Surgeon, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Guest Lecture 'Management of Difficult Ptosis'; 28 October.


Dr David Alan Lambert Maberley, Prof. & Head Dept. of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada; 27-28 October.

Prof Brien Holden, Professor - University of New South Wales, CEO - Brien Holden Vision Institute, CEO - Vision CRC, CEO and President - Adventus Technology, Executive Chair - Optometry Giving Sight; Dr Mark Paulson, Partner - JONES DAY® One Firm Worldwide; and Dr Padmaja Sankaridurg; 4 October.


Dr Michael Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospitals, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 13-15 October.


16th anniversary of Kuchukalla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre, Thoodukurthy, Mahaboobnagar District; 24 October.


IACLE India (International Association of Contact Lens Educators) meeting at LVPEI Hyderabad; 18 October.

 
 
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