32nd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP)

The Vision Rehabilitation centres at LVPEI conducted the 32nd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP) on 12 September 2014. It was attended by about 75 participants - optometrists including low vision specialists, optometry students, vision technicians and teachers of visually impaired - from all over the country. The popular biannual event notched up several firsts this time: it was networked across the four LVPEI campuses in Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada; participants included 10 vision technicians representing 10 secondary centres; hands-on sessions were conducted by the respective faculty at each campus; and two young low vision patients gave inspirational talks about their lives.

Nageshwari was diagnosed with microcornea and secondary glaucoma. She went on to complete her postgraduation in commerce and is now preparing for employment in the banking sector. Srikanth was

diagnosed with retinal degeneration when in secondary school but carried on with his life undeterred. He will be completing his PhD in Mathematics shortly at the University of Hyderabad. Both overcame odds through sheer grit and determination, with help from LVPEI's Centre for Sight Enhancement. Their candid talks took the audience by surprise and demonstrated how motivation and being self driven was the key to success in life.

32nd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP)

A Computer Training Centre for the visually challenged was launched at the GMR Varalakshmi campus in Visakhapatnam on 4th September 2014.The Centre is funded by Microsoft

India Development Center (MSIDC) through contributions received through MSIDC's Employee Giving Campaign. The Centre was launched by Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder & Chair, LVPEI, and Mr Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, MSIDC. The centre's three-month program uses assistive technology in the form of screen reading software combined with soft skills training.


Dr Rustam D Ranji Award and Lecture

The Dr Rustam D Ranji Rotary Award and Lecture on 23 September 2014 at the Patodia Auditorium had Dr Ramachandra Pararajasegaram, Former President of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) & Currently Affiliate of IAPB, speak on "Perspectives of Eye Health in India: Past, Present and Future."

The lecture is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Central Railways, Indian Airlines and KEM Hospital, Mumbai. Hyderabad annually in memory of the late Dr Rustam D Ranji, one of Hyderabad's leading

practitioners, Honorary Ophthalmologist to the former Nizam, and consultant to the State and Central Railways, Indian Airlines and KEM Hospital, Mumbai.


Awards & Honours

Dr S Shivaji received the 'Carl Woese Memorial Award' for excellence in microbiology research from the Association of Microbiologists of India on 19 September 2014 in Pune.

Parthasarathi Kalaiselvan and Shyam Sunder Tummanapalli won the grand prize for the South Zone in the All India Coopervision quiz contest on 4 September 2014. Reekham Sahu, Contact Lens resident, won the consolation prize.

Siddharth Dikshit's poster 'Glaucoma progression on 24-2 versus 10-2 Humphrey visual field examinations' won the best poster award at Glaucoma Society of India's Annual Meeting at Bhubaneswar, 12-14 September 2014.

Javed Ali delivered the Dr P Ranga Reddy Endowment Lecture on "The Great Debate: Approaches to Lacrimal Interventions" at the annual conference of Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, 13 September 2014.

Srinivas Mamamula's paper 'Population based assessment of unilateral visual impairment in south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh: Rapid Assessment of Visual Impairment (RAVI) Project' has been accepted for publication in Ophthalmic Epidemiology.

Parthasarathi Kalaiselvan won the Best Poster award for the session "Diagnostics" at 36th All India Optometry Conference (AIOC) at Agra, 6-8 September 2014. Title: "Corneal Asphericity in Normal and Keratoconus Eyes - Quadrant-wise analysis"; Coauthors: Ashik Mohamed, Shyam Sunder Tummanapalli and Pravin K Vaddavalli.

Vipin A Das has been invited to be Chief Advisor to the newly initiated Healthcare Innovation Cell in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Telangana.

Ramesh Kekunnaya was invited to speak at the Cambridge Ophthalmological Symposium, 3-5 September 2014. This year's theme was 'Ocular Motility' and had 22 speakers from UK, USA, Europe, Australia, one each from India and Japan.

Alumnus Rajat Jain won the 'Suryanarayan Gold Medal' for the best competitive paper at the Annual Conference of the Rajasthan Ophthalmological Society in Kota, 5-7 September 2014.

LVPEI was awarded the 2014 Frost & Sullivan India Technology Innovation Leadership Award for Eye Care Solutions. Dr G Chandra Sekhar received the award on behalf of the Institute at Mumbai on 23 September 2014.


Opticals Product Training

A Product Training program on ophthalmic lenses was conducted by expert trainers from the industry on 19-21 September 2014 for the Opticals staff at the four campuses at Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.


Mini Alumni Meet

Some of the LVPEI alumni met up over dinner for a "Mini Alumni Meet" on the sidelines of 'Harmony 2014: Update on Cornea and Refractive Surgery' a conference organized by the C L Gupta Eye Institute at Moradabad, 21 September 2014. The institute is affiliated to LVPEI.


Eye Screening at Residential Apartments

GMR Varalakshmi Campus organized free eye screening and diabetes awareness program for the residents of New Life Apartments at Sheelanagar in Visakhapatnam, in collaboration with OMNI RK Super Speciality Hospital on 21 September 2014.


Eye Donation Fortnight

A painting competition for school children was organized by Drushti daan Eye Bank at the LVPEI Bhubanswar campus on the occasion of Eye Bank Awareness Fortnight, 25 August – 8 September 2014. Other allied activities conducted to raise public awareness included an 'eye donation pledge drive' in corporate offices, a street play, and a panel discussion on "Synergy Among Eye Banks in Odisha" on 7th September that had Shri Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Minister of Health and Family Welfare as Chief Guest, and Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Comm-cum Secretary, Department of Culture and Tourism, Government of Odisha as the Guest of Honour. Dr Gullapalli N Rao was the keynote speaker.


Eminent Visitors / Updates

Anil Kumar Bhansali, Managing Director; Juhee Ahmed, Senior Manager; and Debjani Mukherji, Communications Head; Microsoft India Development Center (MSIDC); Launch of Computer Training Centre for the Visually Impaired at GMR Varalakshmi Campus, Visakhapatnam; 4 September.

Oculoplasty Live Surgery Workshop, jointly organized by ARC-APOS, Vijayawada Academy of Ophthalmology and LVPEI, conducted at Kode Vankatadri Chowdary Campus, Vijayawada; 14 September.

Charlotte Spooner and Saskia Hagelberg, Volunteers, Project Trust, UK, to volunteer and teach English; 1 September 2014 to 30 July 2015.

Professor Kay Dickersin and Assistant Professor Tianjing Li, faculty from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore USA; Sept 21- 26. The former delivered a Guest Lecture on "How much of what we read can we believe, and what are the reliable sources of information?" on 26 September.

Alumnus Dr Vasumathy Vedantham, Director - Radhatri Nethralaya, organized RADNET 2014 their annual CME, under the aegis of AIOS-ARC on September 14 2014 at Chennai. Dr Subhadra Jalali was an invited speaker.


Our Support in September

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OCL India Ltd

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