Trainee’s perseverance to initiate research

When Dr Prashant Garg and our cornea fellow Dr Archana Singh wanted to see how astigmatism in patients after cataract surgery contributed to their near vision (pseudo accommodation), I had my reservations, but Archana persisted. So we set out with our first study by engaging Veerendranath, Consultant Optometrist.

This study turned out to be a major success and Archana was awarded a travel grant to attend and present her work at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Florida, USA. Subsequently, this paper was published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, the premier journal of the American Academy of Optometry. Even after Archana left LVPEI on completing her fellowship, my lab pursued with this research and we published two more papers on the same. We have also secured some more grant money towards this research. We hope to design a cost effective and accessible strategy for optimizing near vision for elderly patients.

Dr Shrikant R Bharadwaj
Scientist ­ Visual Optics & Psychophysics Laboratory
Associate Director of Optometry

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