RIEB’s Novel Initiative

The Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB), on 27th October 2013, took a cornea recipient Master Ashray to visit the Osmania

General Hospital to motivate the hospital staff on the good work they were doing in helping the patients. Expectedly, the reaction from the hospital staff was overwhelming and they all wished Ashray a happy and a prosperous life.

Dr C Syamala Bhaskaran Endowment Lecture

Dr Gislin Dagnelie, Associate Director, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, USA, who studies signals in the retina of retinal

prosthesis patients and spearheads an effort to convert standard personal computers into precise tools for visual function measurement, delivered the 17th Dr C Syamala Bhaskaran Endowment Lecture “The ageing eye and the future of low vision rehabilitation” on 1 November 2013.

World Diabetes Day

GPR ICARE through its Hyderabad Outreach Urban Slums Eye Care (HOUSE) program, commemorated World Diabetes Day 2013 on 14th November in collaboration with Diabetomics India, an NGO working to address diabetes. Jachin D Williams, Public Health Specialist, gave an interactive lecture on the prevention and treatment of diabetic retinopathy at the Birla Planetarium Auditorium. The HOUSE team coordinator Mr Surendar Reddy along with Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) students conducted a screening program for children with diabetes and educated them regarding the need for regular eye examination to overcome the consequences of diabetes.

Eye Screening at Vizag School

Oakridge International School in Tagarapuvalasa, Visakhapatnam, invited LVPEI to conduct an eye screening program at their school. The community eye care team of the Institute, co-ordinated by

Mr Rambabu, conducted free screening on 15th and 16th November. Of the 403 children screened, 38 children were identified with problems and spectacles were prescribed for 40 students.

Diabetic Retinopathy Educational Forum

A Diabetic Retinopathy Patient Educational Forum was organized on 16 November 2013 to raise awareness regarding the importance of lifestyle modification and mitigating risk through good glycemic control, hypertension and lipid management, along with regular screening.

Mohsin Eye Bank’s 12th Anniversary

The Mohsin Eye Bank, managed by the VEBART Trust and located at LVPEI’s GMR Varalakshmi campus in Visakhapatnam, celebrated its 12th anniversary on 27 October 2013. Guests included Sadguru Dr K Sivananda Murty of Sri Saiva Maha Peetham, actor Sivajee, film producer Bekkam Venu Gopal, and President of IMA Visakhapatnam Dr K V Ram Prasad. Sri Kasim S Mehdi, Chairman of VEBART Trust welcomed the guests.


National Newborn Week, 15-21 November

Jasti V Ramanamma Children’s Eye Care Centre @ Hyderabad organized ‘Eyes Baby Eyes’ on Children’s Day November 14, an interactive session to discuss some common childhood eye problems, the importance of diagnosing these problems early and their management. Green Gold Animation and Green Gold Store, the makers of the hugely popular ‘Chota Bheem’ cartoon series, supported the initiative and presented ‘Mighty Raju’ the mascot,

for the first time ever, along with another mascot ‘Kalia’ from the same serial.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Day on 21 November @ Hyderabad campus had Dr Padmaja Rani seeing the 10,000th preterm baby at LVPEI, under the ITCROPS (Indian Twin Cities ROP Screening) program that was initiated in 1998. An interactive program was organized to emphasize the problems of vision in preterms and newborns, and measures to prevent ROP. Dr Srinivas Murki from Fernandez Hospital was the guest speaker.

Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre @ Bhubaneswar celebrated Children’s Day 14 November with about 40 visually challenged children and their family members. A discussion was held on children’s eye health education with senior doctors and low vision-rehabilitation consultants. Various cultural programs and competitions were organized to help the children

improve their learning capacity and social networking skills.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Day on 21 November @ Bhubaneswar campus was marked with an awareness program on ROP attended by more than 70 delegates.

Dr J K Das, Joint Director Health (Ophthalmology), Government of Odisha, urged pediatricians to refer all babies at risk of ROP without fail. He also launched the ‘Universal Neonatal Eye Screening’ program.

The David Brown Children’s Eye Care Centre @ Vijayawada marked 14 November Children’s Day by organizing a parents’ support group meeting with 42 families in attendance.
Continuing with the Children’s Eye Care Week, A teacher’s training course was organized on 15 November, in recognition of the vital role that teachers play in timely identification of eye problems

in children. A painting competition was held on 17 November on the theme ‘Television: The Good and the Bad’. The prize distribution program was held on 20 November that also had a short drama

enacted by the school children.

EMR implemented at 25 centres

EyeSmart EMR (Electronic Medical Record) service was implemented at the GMR Varalakshmi campus at Visakhapatnam on 18 November 2013. The Centre saw 58 patients on the EMR for the day and will build on the volume in the days to come. The EMR service was also implemented at the Yellamanchili vision centre, Visakhapatnam on 19 November, taking the total centres under the service to 25.

Workshop on Ocular Microbiology

The Jhaveri Microbiology Centre organized a workshop on ‘Ocular Microbiology’ on 21 November 2013 that had 21 delegates from all over the country.

Well known Ocular Microbiologist Dr Darlene Miller from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, USA, was among the faculty along with Dr Savitri Sharma, Dr Swapna Reddy, Dr Bhupesh Bagga and Dr Annie Mathai.

RIEB Team at APSFC Health Camp

The Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB) was represented by Mr Surya Vasireddy and Mr Kishan Reddy at a Health Camp organized on 23

November 2013 by the Andhra Pradesh State Finance Corporation (APSFC) - Veterans Guild. A lecture on eye donation awareness was delivered by Mr Kishan Reddy and 25 participants responded immediately by pledging their eyes.

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