LVPEI's GMR Varalakshmi tertiary centre in Visakhapatnam crossed another milestone with the soft launch of Phase 1 of the LVPEI City Centre at Siripuram.

This eco-friendly centre has the sophisticated EyeSmart software, which enables us to examine patients without using paper — first of its kind in Visakhapatnam! Located in the heart of the city, the centre aims to provide comprehensive eye care services to those who would like a quick, complete eye examination after working hours as the centre would be open until 8 pm from Monday to Saturday. Those requiring further investigation for specific problems will be referred to the main campus at Hanumanthawaka Jn.

The Camera Culture Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, Boston, USA is collaborating with L V Prasad Eye Institute to quantify the refractive-error status of the eye using a low-cost cellphone device. NETRA (Sanskrit for 'eye' and acronym for The Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment) can diagnose refractive defects in two minutes, thus providing quick primary eye care in rural underserved areas. A snap-on plastic device is attached to the screen, with an array of plastic lenslets and the phone display is used to run tests and generate a prescription for myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. The device is cost-effective and easy to use. The refractive error can be estimated by the patient himself (with or without the aid of a technician) by aligning red-green patterns using a custom-designed user-interface. The stored data can be retrieved using standard data transfer procedures. Well-controlled scientific studies have confirmed that NETRA performs very closely to standard clinical procedures.

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News from Bhubaneswar

Eye screening for Special Olympic Athletes

LVPEI, Bhubaneswar participated in a screening camp organized by the Lions Eye Hospital for intellectually challenged athletes of the Special Olympics, from April 9-10, 2011. Five optometrists and rehabilitation specialists took part in the program, conducting eye examinations for 202 athletes. Fourteen patients were referred to the Institute for further treatment.

Visit of Zeiss team

A four-member team headed by Dr Rudolf von Buenau, Executive Vice President, Business Sectors and Innovation, Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc, USA was on a goodwill tour and visited LVPEI Bhubaneswar on April 14, 2011. They met Dr Taraprasad Das, Director, Bhubaneswar campus and toured the Institute.

LVPEI – SN e-learning
via live webcasting

LVPEI and Sankara Nethralaya (SN), Chennai have embarked upon a joint educational activity — combined grand rounds and faculty lectures through live videoconferencing. Global leader lectures, orations, special lectures, CMEs and journal club presentations will be webcast live from LVPEI and SN. The first faculty lecture on 'Nystagmus — simplified' was delivered from SN on April 9, 2011. The key speakers were Dr Rashmin A Gandhi, Senior Consultant, Department of Neuro-ophthalmology and Dr Meenakshi S, Senior Consultant, Department Pediatric Ophthalmology.

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Dr Taraprasad Das, Director, LVPEI, Bhubaneswar has been conferred a Doctorate in Science (Honoris Causa) by the Ravenshaw University, Cuttack for his contribution to ophthalmology science. He received the degree on April 16, 2011.

Dr Savitri Sharma, Director, Laboratory Services, LVPEI network was conferred the Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award for 2010 in the Life Science stream by the Orissa Vigyan Academy, Science and Technology Department, Government of Orissa.

LVPEI is providing technical support to
the International Centre for Eyecare
Education (ICEE), Australia to conduct
a Rapid Assessment of Refractive Errors (RARE) survey in Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. RARE, a low cost rapid survey method is a modified version of the Hans Limburg methodology used in eye care. The initiative extends our frontiers in public health research to the remote regions of Africa.

Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation donates 10 slit lamps

The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF) is a not-for-bprofit organization set up with an endowment from Mr Narotam Sekhsaria, a visionary entrepreneur with a strong social commitment. A UDCT graduate with distinction, he promoted Gujarat Ambuja Cements and led the organisation to become the most efficient cement company in India. The

Foundation undertakes activities in the areas of health, education and employment generation by designing its own programs and also by partnering with other organizations to support their projects. Recently, the Foundation supplied 10 top quality slit lamps to L V Prasad Eye Institute for use at the Hyderabad main campus and extension center.

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