MIT Media Lab's Innovation Workshop

‘Engineering The Eye’, an Innovation Workshop with MIT Media Lab, for which LVPEI was the ophthalmology partner, concluded in Hyderabad on July 13, 2013. The workshop brought together students from across India to work with clinicians over seven days to develop fully functional prototypes to address both prevention of blindness and enable people with existing vision damage to lead fuller, productive lives. Other partners for the event included MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design, BITS Pilani: Hyderabad and Perkins School for the Blind.

Genetic Educators Workshop

A Genetic Educators workshop was conducted on 13 July 2013 at the Kallam Anji Reddy campus with eminent invited speakers from UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre). Dr Jacqueline Hoover spoke on ‘Genetic counseling and the importance of genetics in ophthalmology’ and Dr Ken Nischal on ‘Ocular surface issues in children’. The workshop was aimed at educating optometrists about genetic education for patients and also for educating patients about genetic diseases.

RIEB Anniversary

The RIEB (Ramayamma International Eye Bank) at LVPEI completed 24 years and entered its Silver Jubilee year. The Eye bank has on the occasion set for itself the lofty goal of facilitating 5,000 corneal transplants by 2015 and hopes to reach the magical figure of 10,000 by 2020 which is expected to place it uniquely as being the only such Eye Bank in the world.

7th Anniversary Celebrations

GMR Varalakshmi Campus, Visakhapatnam, celebrated its 7th anniversary on 7 July 2013 with a series of events:

• A seminar ‘Looking Beyond the Eye - II’ that had about 75 delegates, with good participation from the surrounding districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, East Godavari and West Godavari. The meeting was an opportunity to discuss on a common platform with various superspecialists the diagnostic and management issues that pertain to ocular diseases which have a systemic component.
• An exclusive, premium opticals store inaugurated by Mr Appalaraju.
• The Hostel and Guest House of the Pathak Centre for Eye Care Education inaugurated by
Mrs N Madhavi.
• The Auditorium, Library, Classroom and Wet lab for the Education Centre inaugurated by Mr Naresh.

The evening’s program had a wonderful dance program by
26 children from the Kalashetram dance peetham, Libenshelf school for mentally challenged, and the Government Residential Blind School.

Appreciation certificates were given out to Mr BVS Mallikharjuna Rao (Accounts dept) and Mr KVV Suresh Kumar (Patient care services). The Best Employee of the year certificate was awarded to Mr P Varun Kumar (Patient care services).

95th Vision Centre Inaugurated

LVPEI’s 95th vision centre, A S Chowdary Nava Bharat Vision Centre was inaugurated at Buttayagudem village and mandal, West Godavari district, on 21 July 2013. The centre is in a thickly forested ‘Agency’ area, majorly populated by tribals. It is supported by A S Chowdary Navbharat Foundation, Hyderabad, and L D S Charities, USA.

Santhanuthalapadu Vision Centre Reopens
The Santhanutalapadu Vision Centre has been reopened on 22 July 2013 as S V Prasad Vison Centre. The new facility is donated by Mrs. Indira Prasad and her family in memory of Late Mr. S V Prasad, who was a retired Wing Commander with the Indian Air Force and a native of the village. Mrs. Indira Prasad and Mr. Arun Prasad inaugurated the centre.
Anniversary Celebrations
The 6th Anniversary of Swarna Bharat Eye Centre, Venkatachalam, Nellore, LVPEI’s 6th secondary care satellite centre, was celebrated on 1 July 2013.
Workshop on Operating Room Protocols
A workshop on Operating Room Protocols for Operating Room technicians and nurses from LVPEI’s satellite hospitals, Operational Eye Sight Universal (OEU) partners and Centre for Community Ophthalmology (CCO) hospitals was held on 13-14 July 2013. About 50 participants from 28 hospitals from all over India attended the program. The workshop was supported by the SEVA Foundation.
LVPEI Opticals Opens in Bellary
LVPEI Opticals opened a new outlet at the secondary care Y Mahabaleshwarappa Memorial Eye Centre in Bellary on 27 July 2013.
Anniversary Day Celebrations

LVPEI Bhubaneswar celebrated its 7th anniversary on 3 July 2013. The academic block of the Pathak Centre for Eye Care Education – ‘Endeavour’ - was formally opened on the occasion. Dr Rao announced the institution of the ‘Dr Taraprasad Das Chair of Ophthalmology’ in recognition of Dr Das’s contribution towards the development of the Bhubaneswar campus. The Best Employee certificate of the year 2013 was awarded to Ms Mamata Rani Swain.

5th Anniversary of MHCECC
LVPEI Bhubaneswar celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre (MHCECC) on 3rd July by organizing a drawing competition at the
institute for primary school children on the theme “Impact of blindness on life”. Ms Esther Hyman from the Myriam Hyman Memorial Trust, UK, was present on the occasion.
Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus CME

The Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus course for general ophthalmologists, postgraduate students and pediatricians conducted on 6th July was the culmination of a three-day postgraduate refresher program from 4-6 July 2012 attended by postgraduate students in ophthalmology from eastern India. The CME aimed at providing practical tips in pediatric ophthalmology practice. The talks were designed to help not only in day-to-day practice but also to strengthen fundamentals in pediatric ophthalmology. There was also a competitive case presentation session for residents.

Prof C S Bhaskaran Endowment Lecture

Dr Anand Vinekar delivered the Prof. C S Bhaskaran Endowment lecture on 6th July at the Bhubaneswar Campus. He spoke on “Serving the community with Tele-ROP; The evolution of the KIDROP program and the road ahead”.

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