Optometry Graduation Day
23 students of the 2008 batch graduated as Bachelors of Science (Optometry) at the 9th convocation of LVPEI's Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) on 30 October 2012. Mr Bandela Praveen Kumar won the Prof T Navaneeth Rao Gold Medal for best outgoing student. Ms Peguda Rajini received a certificate for securing the highest marks.
Building Community Support
Dr Anil K Mandal organized his hugely popular annual meeting Association of Parents of Children with Glaucoma (APCG) on 19th November. The forum creates an avenue for a parents' support group, besides raising awareness about this disease with a surgical cure that's crucially dependent on early intervention.
Foundation Day
The 26th Foundation Day on October 17, 2012, was celebrated with verve. It was marked by a variety of cultural programs by staff and students, prizes distributed for the fortnight-long sports activities, and commendation certificates to the staff completing 25, 20, 15,10 and 5 years of service.
Wellcome Trust - LVPEI joint workshop LVPEI collaborated with Wellcome Trust, London, UK, for a two-day workshop Overcoming Boundaries: A Common Vision for Translational Eye Research, during October 31- November 2, 2012. The 50 repres -
entatives attending included Dr Diana Tay (who manages the R&D Affordable Healthcare in India scheme), Dr Ted Bianco (Director, Technology Development, Wellcome Trust), Dr Shirshendu Mukherjee (Senior Strategic Advisor for implementing R&D for Affordable Healthcare in India) and Ms Saharla Ahmed (Manager for several Technology Transfer's funded projects of the Trust).

The topics ranged from developing affordable medicines, new diagnostic and vision enhancing devices, clinical trials and gene therapy, stem cell applications in corneal repairs and in glaucoma, and the audacious goal of transplanting an entire eye ball! Focus group discussions were held on (a) enabling technologies to address the unmet needs in eye health, (b) assistive tool for the visually challenged, technology and tools for screening and diagnosing eye diseases, (c) science behind the art of vision restoration and (d) paradigm shifts in the way we look at eye care both research wise and translational wise. The sidelights included a tour of LVPEI's Village Vision Complex at Thoodukurthy.
Mobility and Sensory Stimulation Park
LVPEI's Rehabilitation Centres set up a 'Mobility and Sensory Stimulation Park' model at the Microsoft Corporate Office in Hyderabad from 10th to 12th October, 2012, as part of Microsoft's "Giving Campaign". The objective was to build awareness among visitors by giving them a sense of visual impairment.
   Awards & Honours
Aditi Pujari, oculoplasty fellow, won the Best Video Gold Medal at the annual Oculoplasty Association of India (OPAI) meeting, October 26-28, 2012. Co-author: Mohammad Javed Ali.

Dr Aditi Watve won the Best Video award for her submission at the Oculoplasty Association of India (OPAI) meet in Amritsar.

Dr Mohammad Javed Ali won the Raghavachary Medal for his paper at the Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmological Society (APOS) meeting.

Dr Mohammad Javed Ali was awarded the Healthcare Leadership Award for research and innovation in Dacryology by KRDWG a national NGO in Delhi.

Alumnus Nagaraju Konda, research optometrist, University of New South Wales, won the Grand Prize in Ocular Photography, at the American Academy of Optometry in Phoenix, October 23-27, 2012.

Alumnus Dr Ramesh Murthy won the Bell Pharma Award for Innovation in Eye Surgery at 'Moscon' Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society meeting at Mahabaleshwar, October 12-14, 2012.

LVPEI won two Best Poster awards at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting in Chicago. The first was by Pravin K Vaddavalli, co-authored by his collaborators at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, while the second was by Jatin N Ashar (co-authors: Pravin K Vaddavalli, Muralidhar Ramappa, Sunita Chaurasia and Somasheila Murthy).

An Amblyopia Clinic was launched at the City Centre branch on the occasion of Children's Day. It was inaugurated by the Collector of Visakhapatnam, Mr V Seshadri on November 15.
An Illuminated Vision Self Test Chart designed in-house, enabled eye screening of school children to identify cases for early intervention. Financial support for this initiative was courtesy Mr O Naresh Kumar, CEO, Symbiosis Technologies.
125 primary school teachers participated in a Teacher Training Program starting November 1st to help with early detection of eye problems in school children. Mrs. G Rekha, pediatric optometrist, conducted the classes at various schools.
Free Screening for about 500 children was conducted on November 18th at the City Centre branch and at Jawahar Navodaya School.
The following activities were conducted as part of Children's Eye Care Week, November
14 – 20, 2012.
Parents Support Group meeting for squint: This was
a morale-booster for parents in managing their children with squint.

Special school screening: So what was different? This time, it was for the differently abled children – 175 of them – all screened during the course of the
   week. The team had an    Optometrist, a Rehab specialist, a Vision Technician and a
   Community Health Worker.
Street plays to raise eye health awareness: Scripts written especially to dispel myths about squint and cataract surgery,
and a professional street theatre troupe enacting it in
various parts of the city to deliver the key messages. Of course the audience took the message home!

Hands on workshop for Pediatrics postgraduates: Who better
to deliver the message on children's eye care than pediatricians?
A workshop was held to sensitize them about their role and
   equip them with necessary skills such as performing a red reflex test, Hirschberg's test
   and abasic torch light eye examination.
Painting competition: 45 schools submitted 1200 entries on a relevant eye health related topic for
three categories of contestants: junior, senior and differently abled. But all were winners, nevertheless!

Child Eye Care Helpline: Inaugurated to provide
24X7 telephone helpline services to parents for queries related to children's eye care.
The Twin Cities Clinico-Pathology Meet on 15th November discussed Challenges in Diagnoses of Ocular Adnexal Lymphoma. Prof Valerie White from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, was the faculty. It was well attended by Pathology Department representatives of all medical colleges in Odisha.
              Prof Valerie White adopting a tree in the LVPEI garden
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