LVPEI's 90th & 91st Primary Care Vision Centres
The 90th and 91st Vision Centres were inaugurated in Mylavaram village (Krishna district) and Mandasa (Srikakulam district), on 17th and 30th December, respectively. The Mylavaram VC is supported by LDS Charities, USA, with local support from Mr Nivruth Rao, Trustee of Sri Rajah SVRG Narsimha Rao Charitable Trust and Lions Club of Mylavaram. Vision Technician, Mr Bhavani Prasad, inaugurated the centre. The Mandasa Vision Centre is the first in Srikakulam district, and is supported by Lotus Wireless Technologies (represented by Mr Maninder Singh, MD), Mr Waddi Chandrasekhar Rao
(who donated one year's rent for the VC), and Mr Prabhakar Patnaik, teacher and landlord. With such enthusiastic participation from the local community, it won't be long before we hit a century of Vision Centres!
Fun Camps for Children with Visual Impairment
Kallam Anji Reddy campus, Hyderabad: The 15th Integrated Fun Camp for children with visual impairment, organized by the Dr PRK Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired on 1 December 2012, had 325 participants including visually challenged clients, their siblings and other family members. There were games, prizes and lots of fun, the entire experience helping the visually impaired children to be more confident and independent, while also creating a support group for the parents. The volunteers Mr Ravi, Mrs Akila Ravi, Mr Sheshaiah, Mrs Shanti Tirumalai, Mrs Neena Varghese, Mrs Varsha and others did a splendid job.
GMR Varalakshmi campus, Vizag: The Fun Camp on 9 December 2012 at Kailasagiri Park had over 20 children with visual impairment, and an equal number of siblings, family members, staff and volunteers participating, to the obvious benefit of the visually impaired children who upped their learning capacity for new activities and socialization skills.
Ophthalmic Pathology Meet
The Kallam Anji Reddy campus, Hyderabad, hosted the Hyderabad-Secunderabad Twin Cities Pathology meet on 30 November 2012. About 100 delegates, including postgraduates and faculty from medical colleges and hospitals, attended.
Public Health Professionals Graduate
The graduation ceremony of ICARE's Ramachandra Pararajasegaram Community Eye Health Education Centre on 17 December 2012 saw 34 students graduate: 4 in Masters in Community Eye Health, 5 in Diploma in Community Eye Health, 12 in Diploma in Eye Health Management and 13 in the Certificate Course in Program Management & Evaluation. Dignitaries who spoke included Dr R Pararajasegaram, former WHO Regional Advisor and former President, IAPB, (through Skype); Dr Prasanta Mahapatra, Additional Director General – Training, Dr Marri Channa Reddy HRD Institute of Andhra Pradesh; and Dr Catherine Suttle University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia (in a recorded message). Also present was Dr Sankariah, Joint Director, National Programme for the Control of Blindness.
World Diabetes Day 2012
The Institute commemorated World Diabetes Day from 14-20 November 2012 throughout its Village Vision Complex in Andhra Pradesh, showcasing its comprehensive approach to eye care through various events focusing on prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation.
A symposium on 'Diabetes and its complications' was organized. GHMC Aasara Project Director Smt R Mamatha Bai, Chief Guest, assured support for such programs.
The LVPEI-ALCON Diabetic Retinopathy Project, launched in November 2012, will focus on identification of people with diabetes, hypertension and those with a diabetes risk profile.

ICLEP Elicits a Good Response
The 49th Indian Contact Lens Education Program (ICLEP) —
Basic and Advanced Course was held from December 5-9, 2012. The program included theoretical as well as practical training and was supported by Bausch+Lomb Eyecare India. LVPEI faculty enriched the sessions with didactics and workshops. The three-day Basic Course was attended by 77 delegates and the two-day Advanced Course by 92 delegates.
The 12th annual meeting of the Uveitis Society of India, December 1-2, 2012, was attended by 132 delegates from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Seven international and 17 national faculty participated. The focus was on 'Overlapping clinical features of infectious and non-infectious uveitis'. The meeting was conducted in a case-discussion format. The delegates were also treated to the world famous Konark Dance Festival on December 1.

A National Workshop on Ocular Tuberculosis was conducted on December 3. Prof Narsing A Rao from Doheny Eye Institute, LA, USA, delivered a lecture on "Current controversies in the management of sympathetic ophthalmia" on December 4, 2012.
The campus launched a Digital Audio Library for the Visually Impaired on 17 December 2012, with support from Cognizant Foundation. Mr Atmakuri Ramam, Vice President and Center Head, Cognizant, Hyderabad, inaugurated the library, in the presence of
Dr G Chandra Sekhar, Vice Chair, LVPEI (in picture). The facility will provide audio CDs and MP3s of textbooks, preparatory books for competitive examinations, graduation course material, autobiographies and children's stories.