First of Its Kind Surgery In India

At the Rehabilitation Department's ongoing monthly forum for parents, the discussion topic on 9th August was 'Tackling issues on sexual abuse and the legal processes'. The speakers were from the Sankalp Foundation and from Breaking the Silence, Human Rights Watch. Sankalp is a women's support alliance that intervenes in sexual abuse cases in many ways including advocacy,

counseling, medical and legal rights. Breaking the Silence works on child sexual abuse in India by organizing awareness programs and workshops among children, teachers and parents on safety and protection. LVPEI's Rehabilitation Services had initiated the parents' forum

in March 2013 for empowering parents of visually impaired children.

Gudavalli Centre's 3rd Anniversary

Srinivasa Rao (donor, Bhattiprolu Vision Centre), Harinath Babu (Amruthaluru Vision Centre), Kiran (SI, Cherukupalli) and Akkula Srinivasa Rao (Municipal Chairman).

Dr Kommareddy Raja Rama Mohan Rao Eye Care Centre at Gudavalli, Guntur district, celebrated their 3rd anniversary on 23rd August 2014. Dignitaries included Sri Kusipudi Prasad Rao (Magistrate), Sri Bhaskar Rao (MRO, Cherukupalli), Sri B

Rare Procedure, First in AP

After losing vision in both eyes, a 35-year-old man underwent a keratoprothesis to replace cornea in one eye and regain near normal vision. The surgery was conducted by Dr Jayesh Vazirani at the GMR Varalakshmi campus on 16 August. This was the first such surgery in Andhra Pradesh and the third in the country after Chennai and Hyderabad. It is an expensive one but was done fee of cost to the patient owing to his poor economic background.

Keratoprosthesis is a rare operation done to replace the damaged cornea with an artificial device. It is done in severe cases where the usual corneal transplantation is not expected to succeed. The widely used keratoprosthesis device called the Boston KPro has not had a good success rate with certain cases. To resolve this issue, doctors at LVPEI Hyderabad had recently innovated a small but significant design change in the device, now called LVP-KPro, which has been proven successful in patients with dry eye syndrome.

Community Eye Screening Program for Senior Citizens and Children

A community eye screening program for senior citizens and children at 'Samrakshana' hostel run by Sri Venkateswara Charitable Trust, was conducted by the GPR ICARE team at Hashramam Sai Krishna Nagar, Qutbullapur mandal, Ranga Reddy district on 17 August 2014. The inmates of the hostel include children of life convicts, besides 25 senior citizens. Freemasons Lodge Engineers No. 336 routinely conduct charity health programs for the inmates and requested LVPEI to conduct the eye screening component.


Awards & Honours

Ramesh Kekunnaya has been awarded the International Scholar Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his commitment to lifelong learning in ophthalmology.

Jay Chhablani earned the 'Senior Honor Award' by the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS).

An article 'Silicone band loop myopexy in the treatment of myopic strabismus fixus: surgical outcome of a novel modification' by Bhamy Hariprasad Shenoy, Virender Sachdeva and Ramesh Kekunnaya has been published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO) on 4 August 2014.

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Workshop on Learning Disabilities in Children

Chief Psychiatrist, Vijayawada Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, and Farida Raj, Director, Centre for Special Education, were the speakers. The workshop was webstreamed live across all the tertiary centres of the LVPEI network.

A workshop on Learning Disabilities in Children was conducted at the Kode Venkatadri Chowdary campus in Vijayawada on 26 August 2014. It had about 80 participants, including parents with their children, teachers, school officials and pediatricians. Dr Vishal Indla,


Visit to Lamdon Clinic, Leh

LVPEI's Optometry team comprising Uday Kumar Addepalli and Veerendranath Pesala visited the Roy A Kite Memorial Clinic in Lamdon, Leh, Ladakh. They screened over 500 students, staff and civilians, identified 78 members who require a detailed eye examination, and prescribed glasses to over 100 people. They also arranged for Husain, a 20 year old daily wage labourer identified with

steroid induced glaucoma, to travel back to LVPEI Hyderabad with them where he is now being treated by Dr Sirisha Senthil.


The LVPEI team's visit was a follow up to an earlier one by Dr Virender Sangwan who was invited by Mr Bill Kite, the founder of the Lamdon clinic. Mr Kite runs a medical charitable mission for Ladhakis from his personal savings.


A P Health Minister Visits

Sri Kamineni Srinivas, Minister of Health and Medical Education, Andhra Pradesh, visited the GMR Varalakshmi Campus along with local MLAs, the District Collector and some Government officials on 4th August 2014. The GMRV team showed him around the hospital and the services being provided to patients.


Eminent Visitors

Prof Edoardo Midena, Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Padova, Italy, for a visit on 1st August.

LVPEI-Opticals opened a new exclusive outlet at the LVPEI Bhubaneswar campus on 19th August 2014. The outlet will cater to the high-end eyewear needs of Supporter and Sightsaver patients.

NICU based Retinopathy of Prematurity screening program is now extended to Andhra Hospital, Vijayawada, in addition to Rainbow Children's Hospital, two of the busiest children's hospitals in the region.

LVPEI's Electronic Medical Records (EMR) application development team marked the 4th anniversary in their journey of implementation and integration across the institute's network.

LASIK/ Laser Refractive Services were launched at the Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus in Vijayawada on 2nd August.


Our Support in August

Gowri Arur

Sanjay Das

Anil Kumar
Venkat Naganathan
N Nagarjuna
Ashram Foundation

Joyalukkas Foundation

A Ravi & R Gopalami

Eye Bank Coordination & Research Centre

Banwarilal Suresh Gatia

P V K S Varma
S R L Ltd

Yelamanchi Krishna
Ilapakurthi Nagesh
Yarlagadda Ramesh
Kocharlakota Sridhar
Koneru Charitable Trust

Kameswara Rai
John W Paul

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