LVPEI Launches "Next-25" Initiatives
LVPEI's strategic initiatives "Next 25" were launched on 19th April at an event presided at by Sri M M Pallam Raju, Hon. Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India. The initiatives are a progression of the institute's measure of expertise, best practices and cutting-edge capabilities accumulated over the past 25 years of dedicated service in the elimination of avoidable blindness.

The new initiatives comprise the following:

• Academy for Eye Care Education
• Centre for Ocular Regeneration
• Child Sight Institute
• Institute for Eye Care for the Elderly
• Institute for Eye Cancer
• Centre of Excellence in Eye Banking

As part of LVPEI, these institutes will encompass care from primary to advanced tertiary care, education, research, public health, planning and policy, built on the foundation of the institute's vision of Excellence with Equity.
Nutritional Forum
The patient care department at GMR Varalakshmi campus at Visakhapatnam started a new initiative from 1st January 2013 in organizing patient education forums on various health and eye problems. One of the forums "Nutritional Education Forum", is being conducted by Ms K Neetha (dietician) in the patient lounges, with support from the faculty and Dr Avinash Pathengay (patient care in-charge). The Forum aims to explain the importance of healthy dietary habits, provide education on basic health and nutrition, and help the participants understand the importance of unconventional therapeutic foods.
Film on Children with Special Needs
A preview to the film documentary Handle with Care directed by Mr Pingle Pranav Reddy was organized by Aalim Javeri, a volunteer to LVPEI's rehabilitation services. The film which was screened on 10th April 2013 portrays the sociocultural challenges that parents face towards the rehabilitation process of their children with special needs.
Graduation Day for
Ophthalmology Fellows

The Graduation Day of the Ophthalmology fellows of LVPEI was celebrated on 28th March 2013. Among those who graduated were 3 longterm fellows, 5 students who underwent Zeiss Training, 1 in Retina Laser, 1 in SICS training and 4 students of the short-term fellowship program.
This is to place on record the excellent services rendered by Anil K Mandal, Glaucoma Specialist at your Hospital. Dr. Anil K Mandal is courteous, smiling, infusing courage in the patient, and makes them comfortable by removing their anxiety and tension. He even explains to them about the treatment and operation that is necessary for them. He does this with a very reassuring manner, with all kindness.
K Gopalakrishna
Retd. Deputy General Manager, Dept. of Telecom, Govt. of India
April 6, 2013
29th LAP Demystifies Low Vision
The 29th Low Vision Awareness Program (LAP) on 12th April 2013 was organized under the aegis of the Meera & L B Deshpande Centre for Sight Enhancement and Dr P R K Prasad Centre for Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired. The program had members presenting papers on topics ranging from assistive devices to rehabilitation services.
Rehab Placements
LVPEI's rehabilitation centre facilitated assistive 'IT' services for some of its visually challenged clients enabling them to successfully find suitable employment opportunities. As a feather in the cap, some of the clients, such as Anand Rao, Misha, Reshma and Sai Sudha have been selected for training to be placed as probationary officers in the banking sector.

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