New Vision Centres

Two new Vision Centres (VC) at Bhattiprolu and Amruthaluru in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh were inaugurated on March 9, 2012. This takes our total number of VCs to 88. Also with this 12 VCs have now been established out of the proposed 30 to be set up with support from LDS Charities, USA. The new VCs are linked to our secondary care centre at Gudavalli for referral services.

Together, the two VCs will cater to a population of 35,000, providing free eye screening services to the neighbouring villages. Mr Bollisetty Srinivasa Rao donated the building for the Bhattiprolu VC in memory of his father Late Panduranga Rao. Mr Sai Baba, former Mandal Praja Parishad member and village president, presided

Mr N Anand Babu inaugurates
the Amrutaluru VC

over the inaugural program. Local support for the Amruthalaru VC came from the Krothapally brothers, NRI Dr Anjaneyulu and Mr Ravindra Babu, who donated their ancestral property for it. Dr Anjaneyulu committed to pay the Vision Technician's salary for five years and also

pledged a substantial lifetime donation, per year. The meeting was addressed by local MLA Mr N Ananda Babu, Mr Mallikarjuna Rao, Dr Anjaneyulu and Mr Ravindra Babu.

Mr Bolisetty Srinivas Rao addresses the meeting

4 more VCs implement EMR system

The EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system was implemented at 4 more Vision Centres (VC) — Tallada, Dammapeta, Illandu and Charla, bringing the total VCs on EMR to 5, all connected to our secondary care Nava Bharat Eye Centre at Paloncha.

Bangladesh Alumni

The Bangladesh alumni with Dr Gullapalli N Rao at the annual Ophthalmic Society of Bangladesh meeting on February 28, 2012

Cornea Unplugged: The Way Forward

The CME 'Cornea Unplugged: The Way Forward' (March 3-4, 2012) was aimed at reviewing developments in the field of cornea and external eye diseases and eye banking. International and national stalwarts from around the globe graced the meeting. The auditorium was packed with 290 delegates from various institutions, including LVPEI alumni who were present in full strength.

The faculty included Dr James V Aquavella (University of Rochester, USA), Dr William M Bourne (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA), Dr James Chodosh (Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA), Dr Paul J Dubord (University of British

Columbia, Canada), Dr Joseph Frucht-Pery (Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel), Mr Manoj Gulati (SightLife, India), Dr Jodhbir S Mehta (Singapore National Eye Centre, Singapore), Mr Monty Montoya (SightLife, USA), Dr Verinder S Nirankari (MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, USA), Dr Prema Padmanabhan (Sankara Netralaya, Chennai), Dr Srinivas K Rao (Darshan Eye Clinic, Chennai), Dr David Rootman (University Health Network, Toronto, Canada), Dr M Srinivasan (Aravind Eye Care System, Madurai), and Mr Dean Vavra (North Carolina Eye Bank, NC, USA).

The symposium was complemented by a 'Skills Transfer Course' on March 2, 2012 with hands-on training sessions on DALK, DSEK and keratoprosthesis techniques. The delegates appreciated the program and the learning, rating it very high for its practical exposure.

Clockwise from top left: Dr James V Aquavella; Dr William M Bourne with Dr Joseph Frucht-Pery; Dr David Rootman; Dr Gullapalli N Rao felicitates Dr Paul J Dubord, also seen Mr Monty Montoya; and Dr James Chodosh takes a Skills Transfer Course session

News From GMR Varalakshmi Campus, Vizag

Ms Karen Tan, High Commissioner of Singapore visited the campus on March 6, 2012. The campus launched a one-month free screening program for women from March 7, 2012 at its City Centre. Patient Care In-charge Dr Avinash Pathengay highlighted the need for this initiative, as women constitute two-thirds of the blindx and do not

Mr Ramesh Prasad, Chairman, Prasad Group visited the Vizag campus on March 11, 2012.

Mr O Naresh Kumar with Ms Karen Tan,
Dr M Fernandes and Dr A Pathengay

seek medical care as often as men due to ignorance, poverty, and neglect. Ms Tan endorsed the program and urged women to make the most of this opportunity. Her visit was facilitated by Mr O Naresh Kumar, CEO, Symbiosis Technologies.

Excellence • Equity • Efficiency


Glaucoma Awareness Week

The LVPEI network commemorated Glaucoma Awareness Week (March 11 to 17, 2012) by organizing several programs at its various campuses.

Kallam Anji Reddy campus: A Glaucoma Awareness Walk was organised on March 10, 2012 to create public awareness about glaucoma, an irreversible blinding disease. The large contingent included LVPEI faculty and staff, members of the Telugu film industry and the general public. The event was widely publicized in the print and electronic media.

A Biostatistics Workshop and Glaucoma Masters' Course (GLAUCOMA, the KNOWN and the UNKNOWN) was conducted on March 11, 2012 for postgraduate students, practicing ophthalmologists and glaucoma specialists. It was attended by over 175 people at KAR campus, as well as many more at Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada campuses, via live videoconferencing. Besides strengthening the basic concepts, it focused on current trends in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, including challenging clinical scenarios, treatment failures and rehabilitation of glaucoma patients.

GMR Varalakshmi campus: The Glaucoma walk at Ramakrishna Beach early on March 10th was flagged off by DIG Smt Soumya Mishra, with Dr Merle Fernandes, director and Dr PVKS Varma, Head, Glaucoma Services leading the program. Dr Krishna Prasad, Superintendent, Regional Eye Hospital, and staff, trainees, supporters and community elders also participated. The program was covered widely in the press. On March 11th postgraduate students from Rangaraya Medical College (Kakinada), Regional Eye Hospital (Visakhapatnam), MIMS (Vizianagaram) and consultants from other hospitals attended the Masters' Course at Hyderabad
campus via videoconferencing.

Kode Venkatadri Chowdary campus: The Vijayawada campus organised several activities including: free glaucoma screening at the campus and City Centre (March 12-17); a Glaucoma Walk with about 100 participants, including staff and Vasavya and RG Foundation; a talk on Radio Mirchi and a live interview on Siti channel by Dr Pradeep Kumar Reddy; and a Public Forum, in which the audience clarified their doubts.

Bhubaneswar campus: Information brochures and pamphlets on glaucoma and its management were distributed to patients and attendants. Dr Sanghamitra Dash participated in a Doordarshan program "Hello Doctor" on March 12th and answered questions by callers. On 17th a Public Forum was attended by over 60 patients and families. Dr Aparna Rao spoke about the disease and clarified the participants' doubts.

Honors & Awards

M Uma won Best Poster Award at the E V Memorial Conference at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai on March 18, 2012. Co-authors: Rajeev Reddy, T Venkata Amarnath and BL Harsha Rao

Dr Anthony Vipin Das who is leading the EMR (Electronic Medical Records) system implementation at LVPEI was named among the Top 20 Innovators under 35 in India by Technology Review India, published by MIT.

Visitors' Book

No words…brilliant!

– Mehak

This truly is a piece of heaven for healing.

– Uma and Partha Talukolon

A very good eye institute where people can get their vision facilitated. All the staff are well trained, active and cooperative. Congratulations for your good service in society! Wish you best of luck.

– Dinesh Sakaria, Valsad dist, Gujarat

A well-established hospital with combinations of brilliant doctor, best services and all the teams of LVPEI. Too impressive! Nothing can be better than LVPEI. Thank you.

– Vishal Rathi, Kolkata

A great hospital. The best thing about it is that it provides a great facility and is a privilege for people below the poverty line. Well done! Satisfaction 100%. Thank you.

– Nandan Kumar Rathi, Kolkata

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Silver Jubilee Lecture

Prof Raghavendra Gadagkar, INSA SN Bose Research Professor & JC Bose National Fellow, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, delivered a lecture on "War and peace: conflict

and cooperation in an insect society" on March 9, 2012.

Letter from a patient

March 6, 2012

Sub: Thanksgiving to Dr G Chandra Sekhar

I was on a visit to Hyderabad in January this year and was very fortunate that I had the privilege of being examined by Dr Chandra Sekhar who gave a lot of time and the fullest attention to me, despite his heavy schedule. It was a very satisfying experience. Even his team is dedicated and thorough in their work. As I am a resident of Delhi I requested for the medical reports, which were sent to me very promptly. The reports were seen by my Delhi specialist who put me on treatment, as advised by Dr Chandra Sekhar. I was very impressed with the functioning of this great eye Institute, headed by such a reputed doctor like Dr Chandra Sekhar. My sincerest thanks and best regards to him.

– Jagdish Chandra Dureja, Delhi


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