33rd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP)

The 33rd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP) on 3 April 2015 had about 150 participants comprising optometrists, ophthalmologists, optometry students, vision technicians, rehabilitation professionals and optometry educators from across the country.

Low Vision not an impediment to ambition

The highlight of the 33rd Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP) program was the inspirational talk by Rukaiya Vadnagarwala, a young 19 year old girl who has low vision due to oculocutaneous albinism. She had completed her high school a year ago with excellent marks and has been visiting LVPEI for

the past 15 years, and using low vision devices such as a telescope for distance tasks, a dome magnifier for near tasks since early childhood. The latest addition to Rukaiya’s armamentarium of devices has been the portable electronic magnifier that she says is her best friend.

Rukaiya’s father, who had accompanied her, was pleasantly surprised at his seemingly shy daughter transformed into an eloquent motivational speaker when talking about her experiences in public. Perhaps her ancestral origins (Vadnagar) partly go to explain the special penchant for public speaking, for it is also the birthplace of our Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi!

Like most students elsewhere the country, Rukaiya is preparing for entrance examinations to Engineering colleges and has set her ambitions high. She has excellent support from her teachers, parents and her eye care professionals who don’t believe that low vision should be an impediment if one is determined to achieve their ambitions in life.


Awards & Honours

S Shivaji has been invited to attend the Advisory Committee for Space Sciences (ADCOS) of ISRO as a member of the committee under the chairmanship of Dr U R Rao.

Subhabrata Chakrabarti has been invited to deliver the S S Sarkar Memorial Lecture at the 45th Annual Conference of the Indian Anthropological Society (IAS), 23-25 May 2015 in Kolkata.

L S Varadharajan has been inducted into the Editorial Board of Dove Press’s Clinical Ophthalmology Journal.

Vijaya K Gothwal's paper ‘Assessing the Effectiveness of Low Vision Rehabilitation in Children: An Observational Study’ was published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, an ARVO journal. Rebecca Sumalini and Seelam Bharani are the co-authors.

Vivek Pravin Dave won the Best Video award at the Delhi Ophthalmological Society (DOS) 2015, 10-12 April. The video ‘ILM peeling in a case of Terson syndrome with sub-ILM hemorrhage with immunohistochemical examination’ was produced by the Central Audio Visual Unit at LVPEI.

Subhabrata Chakrabarti has been appointed member of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)’s Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC) for a three-year term.

Srikanth D has won the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) Travel award for 2015 to attend the upcoming British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) annual meeting.

Seema Banerjee won the Young Leader Program award 2014-2015 given by the India Vision Institute on 12 April 2015.

Rajeswari of Patient Care Services has been elected as Earth Person 2015 on 28 March, an LVPEI initiative to mark Earth Day.

Vision Centre #117

Gullapalli Kotamma Vison Centre was inaugurated at Kankipadu on 13 April 2015 by Sri Kamineni Srinivas, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Dignitaries present included Sri Konakalla Narayana Rao, Member of Parliament, Machlipatnam; Sri Bode Prasad, Member of Legislative Assembly, Penamaluru; Dr G N Rao, Founder-Chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute; Smt Gullapalli Pratibha Rao; Dr Santosh Moses, Country Manager, Operation Eyesight Universal; Smt Vajra Kumari, Sarpanch, Kankipadu; Sri P Kameswara Rao, Deputy Sarpanch, Kankipadu and others. Operation Eyesight Universal funded the capital expenditure for the centre and Dr Gullapalli Venkateswara Rao and family have contributed towards the operational expenses.

World Optometry Day

Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) celebrated World Optometry Day by organizing: a vision-screening program at Megha Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women on 24 March 2015, and the southern region ‘World Optometry Day 2015’ celebrations hosted 5-6 April with

participation from four Optometry schools from across south India - Manipal School of Allied Health Sciences, Sankara College of Optometry, Malabar College of Optometry and University of Hyderabad. The events included intercollegiate competitions, games and guest talks from eminent faculty Mr Yeshwant Saoji and Mr Nilesh Thite.

Mobile Apps for Climate Change

‘Mobile Apps for Climate Change’ launched on December 9, 2014 by WWF-India and Ladybird Environmental Consulting (LEC) in association with the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), had their valedictory on 17 April 2015 for the pilot run of their ‘Urban iNatureWatch Challenge’. More than 500 students from 8 schools in Hyderabad participated by uploading

their data on the biodiversity of Hyderabad.


Visitors, Lectures & Updates

A corporate eye health check program was conducted onsite at the Infosys Campus in Bhubaneswar; 27 and 31 March.

A community eye screening program was conducted at the NTR Trust Bhavan at Banjara Hills, Hyderabad; 20 April.

An education program on Low Vision and Rehabilitation Services was organized for the students of Special Education at the Andhra University; 20 April.

Prof Jeffrey Gordon, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics, Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, Israel; visited 8-9 April.

Bhosle Gopal Rao Eye Centre, Mudhole, Adilabad District, saw record patient volumes of 124 outpatients on 17 April and and 20 surgeries on 14 April. 18 years ago, the secondary centre was established with permanent infrastructure to provide high quality, comprehensive eye care to all people using local talent.

Public Lecture on 10th Anniversary

As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations, LVPEI Bhubaneswar hosted the first of a series of public lectures on 18th April 2015, by Mr Anil Dhir, an eminent author and journalist. Mr Dhir has travelled through the remote rural areas of Odisha and written a poignant and compelling travelogue ‘Confluence - Journeys into the heart and soul of Odisha’.

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