IERG-India ARVO Meeting

The 4th Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) India Conference and the 22nd meeting of the Indian Eye Research Group (IERG), July 25-26, had excellent scientific deliberations with 10 special talks, 36 free papers and 93 posters presentations.
Dr Ch Mohan Rao (CCMB, Hyderabad)

and Prof Ronnie George (Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai) were the Bireswar Chakrabarti and D Balasubramanian oration awardees, respectively. The keynote lectures were delivered by Dr Hemant Khanna (UMASS Medical School, Massachusetts) and Prof Purnananda Guptasarma (IISER, Chandigarh).

The Sabir Bux Public Lecture

The fifth in the series of public lectures at LVPEI Bhubaneswar, on 7 August 2015, had eminent scuba diver Mr Sabir Bux speak about scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, coral reefs, quicksands in rivers and seas, and life-saving techniques.

CROSSFIRE: Controversies in Retinal Imaging

‘CROSSFIRE: Controversies in Retinal Imaging’ - a conference on retinal and choroidal imaging, with emphasis on analysis and the appropriate use of new and emerging imaging technologies, was organized on 2 August 2015.


Awards & Honours

Taraprasad Das elected President of the Asia Pacific Vitreo Retina Society (APVRS) for a two-year tenure.

At the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO) 2014 awards:

  • Subhadra Jalali’s paper ‘Impact of the Day-30 Screening Strategy On the Disease Presentation and Outcome of Retinopathy of Prematurity: The Indian Twin Cities Retinopathy of Prematurity Report Number 3” won the Platinum Award.
  • Sirisha Senthil’s paper ‘Outcomes of Trabeculectomy in Microspherophakia’ won the Silver Award.

At the Elite School of Optometry International Vision Science and Optometry Conference (EIVOC) at Sankara Nethralaya, 14-16 August 2015 at Mahabalipuram, Chennai:

  • Seema Banerjee won the best photography award for ‘The Butterfly & Grapes in the Lens of a Human Eye’.
  • Vinay Kumar won the best scientific presentation for ‘Impact of RGP contact lenses on the stereoacuity of keratoconic eyes’. Co-authors: Parthasarathi Kalaiselvan and Shrikant Bharadwaj (LVPEI), and Sangeetha Metlapally and Clifton Schor (UC Berkeley School of Optometry).
  • Shyam Sunder Tummanapalli won the best poster for ‘Efficacy of Axial and Tangential Corneal Topography Maps in Detecting Subclinical Keratoconus: A Novel Diagnostic Index’. Co-authors: Pravin Krishna Vadavalli, Virender Sangwan and Haresh Potluri.

Swathi Kaliki won the best surgical video award at the Hyderabad Ophthalmologists Association (HOA) annual meeting on 2 August 2015 at Hyderabad. Her one-minute video ‘Eyelid Tumor Excision and Eyelid Reconstruction’ was produced by LVPEI’s Central Audio-Visual Unit (CAVU).

Krushna Gopal Panda won the 1st Runner Up award at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Photo Contest for ‘Oguchi Disease: a type of stationary night

blindness’, besides an “Honourable mention” for another entry.

Excellence Equity Efficiency
Nilukshi can now keep her eyes open

Nilukshi Shamika Karunathilaka, 13, from Kiriwandala village, Sri Lanka, in 2011 developed dry eyes and sensitivity to light as a side effect to a drug she had taken for a body infection. A local doctor diagnosed Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS); there was no improvement despite a surgery. She dropped out of school; her father was compelled to forego his daily wages as a labourer to stay home and look after Nilukshi.

He could ill afford the expensive eye drops required to induce artificial tears in his daughter’s dry and suffering eyes. Shamalka Perera, a fellow Sri Lankan, came forward to help them. She connected with Dr Virender Sangwan who assured free treatment for Nilukshi at LVPEI Hyderabad. Shamalka raised funds for the family’s travel and stay.

In July, Dr Bhupesh Bagga successfully performed Mucous Membrane Grafting in the lower eyelids of both Nilukshi’s eyes and the upper eyelid of her left eye. As further treatment, the Contact Lens Department prescribed PROSE (Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem), Boston Scleral Lens. The major challenge throughout the treatment was the language barrier, as the family spoke only Sinhala. Shamalka would help interpret the several phone calls and emails from the LVPEI team. In the end, all the efforts have been worth it. Nilukshi’s vision has improved significantly and she can now keep her eyes open. The order for the lenses has already been placed and will be couriered to Sri Lanka, along with the instruction video and cleaning solution.


Our Support in August

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Visitors & Updates

Dr James Armitage, Head of Vision Science and Senior Academic Mentor; and Dr Richa Verma, Lecturer in Vision Science, School of Medicine - Optometry, Faculty of Health, Geelong, Australia; visit 17-18 August.

Elder Randy Funk, Asia Area Presidency, Hong Kong, of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saint Charities; visit 7 August.

123 support staff members were screened at the Eye Health Check program organized for Gati Kintetsu Express Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad; 13 August.

Zonal CME program of Dr NTR University of Health Sciences ‘ Ocular Microbiology was conducted with Dr Savitri Sharma as Course Director; 5 August.

Dr Anil K Mandal completed 25 years of service at LVPEI; 21 August.

NTPC Centre for Sight Enhancement and Rehabilitation of Visually Challenged, Bhubaneswar Campus, crosses 5000 patients mark.

Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus, Vijayawada, performs highest number of surgeries in a month – 660 surgeries in July; and also completes one year of LASIK services.

EyeSmart EMR completes 5 years of service; 16 August.

Bhainsa Vision Centre, Adilabad District, celebrates 12th anniversary; 1 August.

Wanaparthy Vision Centre, Mahbubnagar District, celebrates 12th anniversary; 3 August.

Santhabommali Vision Centre, Srikakulam District, celebrates 2nd anniversary; 3 August.

City Centre, Madhapur, Hyderabad, celebrates 5th anniversary; 16 August.

Cherla Vision Centre, Khammam District, celebrates 4th anniversary; 19 August.

Pamuru Vision Centre, Prakasam District, celebrates 6th anniversary; 22 August.

Ulavapadu Vision Centre, Prakasam Distirct, celebrates 6th anniversary; 24 August.

Dr Kommareddy Raja Ram Mohan Rao Eye Centre, Gudavalli Village, Cherukupalli Mandal, Guntur District, celebrates 4th anniversary; 24 August.

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