Novel Tools and Themes in Vision Sciences:
Indo-US Symposium
Blinding eye diseases including refractive errors, corneal diseases, ocular infections, cataract, glaucoma, and retinal diseases afflict about 20 million individuals in India alone, and remain a major health and economic burden worldwide. To stimulate development of new strategies for diagnosing and treating complex eye diseases, a symposium on "Novel Tools and Themes in Vision Sciences" was held from 21- 22 January 2013 at Hyderabad. The event, jointly organized by Dr Subhabrata Chakrabarti (L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad) and Dr Uday B Kompella (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, USA), was attended by about 50 participants, including 9 resource persons from USA.
Rehab Centre Creates Awareness
The NTPC Centre for Sight Enhancement & Rehabilitation for the Visually Challenged participated in the 8th annual program of the All Odisha Students Union of the Visually Impaired on 23 January 2013. The rehab professionals – Sirajum Monira and Sumita Lima displayed assistive devices for the education and empowerment of persons with visual impairment. About 200 visually impaired students attended the program from various parts of Odisha Mr Arun Kumar Sahoo,Minister of Energy & Information and Public Relations,presented the
students prizes and certificates for excellent performance in educational and other fields. The stall received great response and succeeded in making many people aware of the advanced technology and low vision services available.
Vijayawada Oculoplasty Update
The campus conducted an Oculoplasty Update on 30 December 2012 to highlight common oculoplasty procedures for the comprehensive ophthalmologist. It comprised interactive didactics, a video session discussing common surgical procedures, and a Botulinum toxin live injection workshop.
92nd Vision Centre Inaugurated
  Another Vision Centre and yet another rural community that will receive the benefits of quality primary eye care! The institute's 92nd Vision Centre was inaugurated on 4 January 2013 at Pedapadu village and mandal, West Godavari district. The centre is supported by LDS Charities, USA. Local support came from Mr Chintamaneni Sitaramamma and family, and Dr Girish, chief anesthetist at LVPEI's Kode Venkatadri Chowdary
campus at Tadigadapa, Vijayawada, who initiated the process.
Markapuram Celebrates 5th Anniversary
The 5th anniversary of the secondary care Sudhakar & Sreekanth Ravi Eye Centre at Markapuram (Prakasam district) was celebrated on 3 January 2013. Administrator Mr Sandeep Rao presented the patient statistics for the past 5 years. The total number of OPD patients seen from January 3, 2008 up till December 31, 2012, was 53,645 — 31,065 paying and 22,580 nonpaying. The total surgeries performed were 7276
  — 2515 paying and 4761 non-paying. Senior housekeeping staff member Mrs Alluramma cut the cake. The Best Employees of the Year were Mr G Vandanamu (Opticals) and Mr Brahmanaik (OT Technician).
16th Anniversary of Mudhol Centre
Our first satellite centre, Bhosle Gopal Rao Patel Eye Centre (BGRPEC) in Mudhol (Adilabad district) celebrated its 16th
  anniversary on 20 December 2012. Since its inception, the centre has seen 236,778 outpatients and performed 32,919 surgeries (up to 19 Dec 2012). The family of the main donor, Mr Narayan Rao Patel, graced the occasion.

   Nawab Arastu Yar Jung Bahadur Endowment Lecture
  The Fourth Nawab Arastu Yar Jung Bahadur Endowment Lecture was delivered by Prof Rajvardhan Azad, Head of Vitreo-Retinal Diseases & ROP Services and Chief, Dr R P Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, on January 5, 2013. Speaking on the 'The Art, Science and Commerce of Medical Education in India', he gave a brief outline of the medical scenario in India and the measures required to improve it.
                                                        Dr Taraprasad Das presents a
                                                 plaque to Prof Rajvardhan Azad (left)
A group of interns from Carey Business School, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, visited LVPEI from January 6-18, 2013, as part of their International Interns Program. They were working on an "Innovations for Humanity Project". The team, led by Prof Bonnie Robeson and Program Manager Mr Dan Sheats included Ms Hye Jin (Sally) Choi, Mr Sungmoon Jung, Mr Joe Marcino and Mr Eric Yockey.
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