Jay Kumar Chhablani received the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) 'Honor award' for 2013.

Dr Aaron Friedman and Dr Kumar Belani from the Academic Health Center (AHC), University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health, USA, on 7th August to explore possibilities of collaboration in training and research.

Mr Thomas Crain and Mr Dan Sheats from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, USA, on 7th August regarding discussions on the Innovation For Humanity Project.

Mr Dan Johnson, Mr Scott Garrepy and Mr Manoj Gulati from SightLife, Seattle, USA, on August 8-9, on a follow-up visit on joint eye banking activities.

Ms Sapphire Goradia, Mr Vijay Goradia and Ms Marie Goradia from the Goradia Charitable Foundation, Houston, Texas, USA, on August 8-9 (visited along with the SightLife team) to know about eye banking activities at RIEB.

Mr Gerhard Schlenther from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), NSW, Australia, on 19th August to discuss collaboration to offer sub-specialty Fellowships at LVPEI; as part of RANZCO’s Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI) for Cambodia and Vietnam.

Dr Bradford Berk, Mr Peter Robinson and Mr Mukesh P Patel from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), USA, on 26th August to follow-up on their last visit in July to further discuss joint activities with LVPEI.

India’s First Ever Pure Refractive Surgery Meet

Refractive Surgery 3600, a two day event focusing solely on refractive surgery was held at HICC in Hyderabad on 17-18 August, 2013. The unifying theme was to understand the science behind the art of refractive surgery and the direction it seems to be heading in. The meeting focused on laser corneal surgery, machine technology, corneal topography, biomechanics, refractive correction of keratoconus, lens based refractive surgery and phakic IOLs. It had about 400 delegates, 33 speakers, 7 instruction courses, 26 case discussions, 240 training sessions and - on the sidelights - a much appreciated musical night.

Rally for Eye Donation Fortnight

On the occasion of the 28th Eye Donation Fortnight observed from 25 August - 8 September, a walking rally was organized by the Ramayamma International Eye Bank (RIEB) on 25 August, 2013. The walk commenced from Punjagutta X roads and culminated at LVPEI, with about 85 NCC and NSF members participating with great enthusiasm, besides the RIEB’s 25 member team.

Workshop on Refraction Technique & Clinical Implication

Organized by India Vision Institute (IVI), a joint initiative of BHVI (Australia), and LVPEI, the workshop held at LVPEI’s Bhubaneswar campus attracted about 50 participants comprising Optometry staff and students, including 11 from East India. The program was coordinated by Ms Sirajum Monira, Optometrist, LVPEI Bhubaneswar.

Workshop for young adults with visual impairment

A workshop on challenges faced in the mainstream for young adults with visual impairment was organized on 8 August 2013 by the vision rehabilitation centre at GMR Varalakshmi

Campus. Mr Ramana, a visually challenged person working as a junior officer at NTPC, was the chief guest of the program. The program was led by Ms Saranya, a rehabilitation consultant, and had about 20 visually challenged participants.

Free screening program for the police

On 3 August 2013, GMR Varalakshmi Campus organized a free eye screening program for the Police Department’s newly recruited constables and traffic guards, besides their regular employees. The program was organized in association with the T Subbarami Reddy Seva Peetham and the Police Department, and aimed at identifying eye problems among the employees and their family members, and

suggesting appropriate interventions to reduce risk. Over 250 people were screened during the program. Dr T Subbarami Reddy, MP Rajya Sabha, and the Commissioner of Police Mr B Shivadhar Reddy, IPS, were the chief guests.

Workshop on Comprehensive Primary Eye Care

ICARE hosted this workshop for Vision 2020 India at the Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, Hyderabad, on 19 August 2013. The objective was to deliberate and discuss various models of primary eye care in the country and to come up with a reference manual for comprehensive primary eye care. Dignitaries included Dr N K Agarwal, DDG, Ophthalmic Services, Government of India; Dr G V Rao, CEO, Vision 2020, India; Dr G Chandra Sekhar, Vice Chair, LVPEI; and 63 participants from various government, non-government and international developmental organizations from across the country.

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