KERARUN to spread awareness on Corneal Blindness

KERACON 2017 in the city from December 15-17

Saturday, 16 December 2017 / Download TELUGU PDF

Hyderabad, December 16, 2017: On the sidelines of KERACON 2017, the annual meeting of the Cornea Society of India in Hyderabad, Tej Kohli Cornea Institute(TKCI), a unit of L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad curated and organized 'KERARUN' today. “KERARUN” was an opportunity for reputed corneal surgeons to show solidarity in the broader vision to eliminate avoidable corneal blindness.

The RUN was flagged off from Novotel Airport by at 6 AM. The hour long RUN circumvented the road towards the Srisailam highway along the GMR airport complex and culminated at 7 AM. The RUN witnessed participation from over 500 delegates including 25 international faculty, such as the Presidents of the Cornea Society of India, Asia and the World along with several other leading cornea surgeons from India and abroad.

The Cornea Society of India (CSI) was formed to stay up to date with recent developments and to share knowledge and experience as a group both at the national and international level. The CSI aims to formulate current practice patterns, facilitate fellowships and encourage scientific discussions with a primary goal to enhance patient care and management.

It is estimated that there are 285 million people worldwide who are visually impaired. Corneal blindness is estimated to be the second most prevalent cause of blindness in many less developed countries. Globally, bilateral corneal blindness is estimated to afflict 4.9 million persons and accounts for 12% of 39 million blind, utilizing WHO 2010 global blindness data. The global breakdown illustrates the particularly heavy burden of corneal blindness in emerging and developing countries, with 98% of bilateral corneal blindness existing outside of developed countries.

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 further information: www.lvpei.org

For further information, please contact:
Dr Sreedevi Yadavalli
Head – Communications and Corporate Relations
Tel: +91 040 23547254, +91 040 30612371; Mobile: +91 9849171895
Email:ysreedevi@lvpei.org

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