Odisha, December 13, 2017: The Arjun Waney Eye Centre, L V Prasad Eye Institute’s 15 Secondary Eye Care Centre, at Berhampur, Ganjam district in Odisha celebrated its second anniversary on 13 December 2017. Supported by Savitri Waney Charitable Foundation, this is the third secondary centre in Odisha and caters to the 1,000,000 population in Ganjam District.

Mr Arjun Waney, a successful business entrepreneur, founded the Savitri Waney Charitable Foundation – in the memory of his mother - with a vision to transform the lives of the poor in India and all over the world. Mr Waney believes that all efforts should be made to support the existing as well as new organizations that are trying to eradicate avoidable blindness by reaching out to those who are affected and unable to afford quality eye care. Otherwise the cataract blindness backlog will continue to grow.

Since its inception till date, the Arjun Waney Eye Centre has examined 15,869 (new) outpatients were served and 2286 surgeries were performed; 67% of the surgeries performed at no cost to the patients. Rehabilitation services provided to 167 (new) patients and low vision services provided to 166 (new) patients. 26 villages (including the School for Blind Children at Berhampur) have been covered under the community screening program.

LVPEI’s endeavor is to provide high-quality, low-cost, self-sustaining permanent eye care infrastructure in underserved areas of the country. Access to healthcare is a general concern in India, with rural and tribal pockets being the worst affected. Eye care in many parts of India is unavailable, inaccessible and unaffordable to the economically underprivileged, despite the fact that most eye related problems are avoidable and can be prevented, treated or managed.

LVPEI’s endeavor is to provide high-quality, low-cost, self-sustaining permanent eye care infrastructure in underserved areas of the country. Access to healthcare is a general concern in India, with rural and tribal pockets being the worst affected. Eye care in many parts of India is unavailable, inaccessible and unaffordable to the economically underprivileged, despite the fact that most eye related problems are avoidable and can be prevented, treated or managed.

The Centre at Berhampur is equipped with the required medical equipment and well trained staff to deliver excellent and equitable comprehensive eye care services on a sustainable basis, aiming to eliminate avoidable blindness in the region. The comprehensive services range from assessment and prescription of low vision devices (such as magnifiers to help patients with low vision read again) to social, educational, and vocational rehabilitation through training or re-training patients with low vision and blindness to the highest possible level of their functional ability.

The Centre at Berhampur is equipped with the required medical equipment and well trained staff to deliver excellent and equitable comprehensive eye care services on a sustainable basis, aiming to eliminate avoidable blindness in the region. The comprehensive services range from assessment and prescription of low vision devices (such as magnifiers to help patients with low vision read again) to social, educational, and vocational rehabilitation through training or re-training patients with low vision and blindness to the highest possible level of their functional ability.

The LVPEI pyramidal model of eye care network currently includes a Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad, 3 tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, 17 secondary and 160 Vision Centres that cover the remotest rural areas in the four states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka.

About L V Prasad Eye Institute

The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) was established in 1987 at Hyderabad as a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care institution. LVPEI is governed by two trusts: the Hyderabad Eye Institute and the Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation. The Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness and a Global Resource Centre for VISION 2020: The Right to Sight initiative. LVPEI has ten active arms to its areas of operations namely Clinical Services, Education, Research, Vision Rehabilitation, Rural and Community Eye Health, Eye Banking, Advocacy and Policy Planning, Capacity Building, Innovation and Product Development. For more information, visit www.lvpei.org

For further information, please contact:
Dr Sreedevi Yadavalli
Head - Communications & Corporate Relations, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
Tel: +91 040 23547254, +91 040 30612371; Mobile: +91 9849171895
Email:ysreedevi@lvpei.org

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