Five New Vision Centres in Srikakulam District

Five new vision centres were inaugurated in Srikakulam district on the 25th and 26th April 2014, as part of LVPEI’s ongoing expansion plans, taking the network’s total number of primary care vision centres to 108. The new centres are supported by the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, USA.

#104: The Kotturu centre is supported by Sri Lotugedda Tulasi Varaprasada Rao (Sarpanch), Smt Lotugedda Sridevi, Sri Kiran (Lifeline Aqua), Sri Anand and eminent local residents.

#105: The Hiramandalam centre is supported by Maa Kuthari Charitable Trust. Present on the occasion were Sri Udaya Chandra Mahanthi, Sri Surendra Kumar Mahanty (Chairman and CEO, Maa Kuthari Global), Sri Tirupathi Panda and the team from Maa Kuthari Global..

#106: The Narasannapeta centre is supported by Gokhale Children’s Home (G C Home), Swamy Babu and Vajramma Charitable Trust, Sri T G K Gupta, Sri Tankala Babju, Smt Tankala Rukmini, Sri U Linga Raju, Sri Ravinder Kumar Sahoo, Sri Andhavarapu Srinivas and other eminent local residents.

#107: The Ponduru centre is supported by Smt Vijayalakshmi (Sarpanch), Sri Sai Kumar, K V Sai Medicals, Sri Gunnu Srinivasa Rao, Sri Yerubothu Bhaskar (Pala Centre) and other eminent local residents.

#108: The Ranasthalam centre is supported by M S Charitable Trust, Sri M. Srinivasa Rao, Sri Srinivas Patnaik (Reporter), Smt K Sarada, Sri K Lalithesh, Sri O Naresh (CEO, Symbiosys Technologies) and other eminent local residents.

ACLS training for Code Blue Team

ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Training for LVPEI’s Rapid Response Team-RRT (Code Blue Team) was conducted by GVK EMRI on 13 April 2014. Thirty three RRT members, including ophthalmologists, physicians, anesthetists, fellow doctors, senior nurses, technicians and paramedical staff attended the program.

It was an intensive hands-on training on basic life support, use of AED (Automated External Defibrillator), airway management, obtaining IV (intravenous) access, cardiac rhythm assessment, defibrillation and use of drugs. The training program is arranged by the LVPEI CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) committee, once every two years, to keep the Code Blue Team updated about the latest CPR protocols.

31st Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP)

The 31st Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP), a biannual event, was conducted simultaneously across all four tertiary centres through live video-conferencing on 11th April 2014. The program, which has been running for the last 13 years, was attended by over 115 participants comprising optometrists including Low Vision specialists, optometry students and ophthalmologists from all across the country.

The program was aimed at sensitizing low vision professionals to the needs of the visually impaired, besides strengthening the basic concepts and skills needed to evaluate and prescribe appropriate devices. Prof Jill Keeffe was the invited speaker and the program also had two young girls with low vision addressing the audience.

One of them (with Rod Monochromatism) was an undergraduate in commerce and the other (a Post PK patient) was doing her PhD at EFL university. The lecture session was following by a hands-on program conducted at all the tertiary centres. The event was supported by India Vision Institute.

World Optometry Day

LVPEI’s Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) celebrated World Optometry Day by organizing a couple of events at the Gullapalli Pratibha Rao campus in Hyderabad in the last week of March 2014 - a community vision-screening program on 23rd March, and hosting World Optometry Day 2014 celebrations on 29th and 30th March where six schools of optometry from across South India participated.

The two-day celebrations included talks from eminent academics and private practitioners of optometry from within India, representatives of the regulatory bodies of Indian optometry and representatives from the senior management of LVPEI. Several inter-collegiate competitions and scintillating cultural programs were conducted, followed by prize distribution.

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