The 10th anniversary of our 3rd satellite centre,
Venkata Lakshmi Eye Centre in Karamchedu, was celebrated on June 7, 2012. The centre was established with the support of Dr D Rama Naidu. Mr Mohan Babu from the donor family and Mr Srinivas (Pedanandipadu Vision Centre donor) graced the occasion, as well as Sri Paramananda Swamy, our patient and guru, local MRO Mr Prasad Rao and LVPEI Hyderabad team – Dr Padmaja K Rani, Dr Giridhar Pyda and Mr S Babu Rao. In 10 years, the centre has seen approx 87,000 outpatients and performed about 11,700 surgeries, 72% of them at no cost. An additional 100,000 patients have been screened at the 10 Vision Centres attached to it.

The 7th anniversary of our 4th satellite centre,
Seshanna Chennawar Eye Centre in Adilabad, was celebrated on June 9, 2012.

LVPEI's partner centre completes 10 years

LVPEI's partner centre, Kishore Chand Chordia Eye Centre, completed 10 years of service on April 14, 2012, providing high quality, affordable and accessible eye care services to the poor and needy, functioning as an urban model centre in the underserved Begum Bazar area of Hyderabad. The centre, set up by the Chordia family in their father's name, has seen 167,642 outpatients and performed 16,445 surgeries till date. Of these 118,529 (71%) were non-paying outpatients and 14,183 (86%) surgeries were performed free of cost. The family has earned a reputation for being committed philanthropists.

To meet the increased need for patient care services, a new building was inaugurated on June 17, 2012, by Mr Hari Prasad Raja Badruka. LVPEI was represented by Executive Director Dr Usha Gopinathan, Dr Rohit Khanna and Mr V Rajashekar. The new premises has 3 examination rooms with slit lamps, a waiting lounge and a medical records department.
'Health kits' from LDSC for rehab clients
The Latter-day Saint Charities are major supporters of the institute's primary care Vision Centre program in the unreached districts of the state. They have also made "health kits" to promote health awareness among underprivileged children in Andhra Pradesh. The kit has a toothbrush, toothpaste, hand towel, bathing towel, a soap, a comb and a mirror. Seven hundred kits were assembled and distributed to children with AIDS, orphans or those economically underprivileged. Dr Neldon and Mrs Priscilla Hatch from LDSC and two volunteers visited the Vision Rehabilitation Centres at LVPEI's Hyderabad campus on June 13, 2012, and interacted with our young clients Sabhasudhin, Ameena, Altafudhin, Harish Yadav, Vamshi and Bhanu Prakash, who had come for training in various life skills. The children were given 'health kits', after an orientation talk by Ms Beula Christy on the importance of personal health and hygiene. The LDSC donated 200 kits to the centre for distribution among poor visually challenged children.

Evidence 2012
To commemorate the Silver Jubilee celebrations of L V Prasad Eye Institute, a landmark symposium "EVIDENCE 2012" was conducted that brought in stellar faculty in ophthalmology from all around the world. The meeting was attended by over 900 delegates and showcased cutting-edge evidencebased medicine, with topics ranging from age-related macular degeneration to ocular surface disorders (May 31 - June 3, 2012).

The event, conducted at the Hyderabad International Convention Center, comprised high-quality Focus Group Meetings with discussions on topics such as endophthalmitis and the role of technology in ophthalmology. Faculty courses were delivered by masters in their field – Prof Harminder Dua, Prof Eli Peli, Prof Richard Collin, Prof Steven Feldon, Prof Jayakrishna Ambati, Dr P Namperumalsamy, Dr Martine J Jager, Prof Narsing A Rao, Prof Earl L Smith III, Dr Carol L Shields, Dr Bruce E Spivey, Dr Sriram Sonty and many more.

Footloose on the dance floor was a big hit, where the faculty and staff danced the night away to performances by the rock band Peace Frog and some from our fellows and residents. The Open Ophthalmology Quiz was won by Dr PM Fairooz; she bagged an iPad.

All in all, "EVIDENCE 2012" was a culmination of 25 years of LVPEI memories, the struggles, the achievements and the celebration of Dr Rao's vision, which has enabled the institute to carve new frontiers and touch the lives of millions.
From blindness to
light – the miracle of
eye donation

Regaining sight after living in a world of darkness for decades seems nothing short of a miracle. But for doctors at LVPEI, it was just another day at work.

Rajiv Thareja had congenital glaucoma. He was operated upon when he was 11 days old and gained 10 to 15% of his sight.
When he was 8, he underwent his first corneal transplant and, thereafter, enjoyed pretty good vision for a few years until he again lost vision in both the eyes. All through his high school and college he was virtually blind.

With the support of his doting parents, he completed his graduation in music, taking the help of a writer for writing his exams. Determined to be independent, he began teaching music to children and also became involved in his father's business - optical outlet chain spread over several cities in northern India. He also successfully pursued his childhood dream of starting a hotel business, not letting his sub-optimal vision stop him. Today he owns a 30-room hotel in Gwalior, Uttar Pradesh. In 2005, he got married and had a child. But the marriage did not last long.

Rajiv had undergone several corneal transplantations, including one in 1980 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and another one in 1989 at a private hospital in New Delhi. However, each time the corneal transplant was rejected by his body.

In February 2011 Rajiv underwent a corneal transplant at LVPEI, Hyderabad. He also had a complex combination surgery - or cataract surgery and glaucoma to control his intraocular pressure.
Since then, he has enjoyed reasonably good vision. On a recent follow-up visit, he said, "I was blind, but now I can see. I can even drive a motorcycle now. Dr Muralidhar and Dr Anil Mandal have given me the vision that no other doctor could succeed in doing."

Rajiv recalls Dr Muralidhar's words to him when he first arrived here, "Do you want vision? Let me tell you that you have a good chance of seeing again." Rajiv showed us a recent newspaper article profiling him, where he has spoken of the shortage of corneas available for transplantation, which prevents many others like him from seeing again. He says he will continue to spread the message of eye donation, which has enabled him to see again.

With his glaucoma under control and a good corneal graft in his left eye, Rajiv is now on the look-out for a new life partner!

Words fail me in adequately expressing my opinion on the premier institute, viz, L V Prasad Eye Institute, GMR Varalakshmi Campus, Visakhapatnam. The eminent team of specialist doctors and surgeons stands second to none. The supporting staff, across all ranks, are affectionate, courteous, large-hearted and dedicated (that) made me feel as it is my second home. The green lush landscaped gardens are par excellence and add to the therapeutic charm of the renowned institution.
With all benevolence and gratitude I pray to God that in no time it would grow to be recognized as an A1 institute for the restoration of sight to many.
Victor Jaishil Rao
(Patient: Pramela Victor)