Jasti V Ramanamma Children's Eye Care Centre

The Jasti V Ramanamma Children's Eye Care Centre was established in 1997. The first of its kind in India, this centre has state-of-the-art facilities for integrated management of all eye diseases that afflict children. The centre offers excellent diagnostic facilities including examination of children under anesthesia and the evaluation and management of children with partial or total visual impairment.

The Children's Eye Care Centre actively collaborates in the areas of research and education with other institutions in India and abroad. The centre has established an interdisciplinary approach to comprehensive management of pediatric eye diseases. It also trains ophthalmologists from all over the world.

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a disease commonly found in premature babies, has led LVPEI to institute an ROP program that involves eight major neo-natal intensive care units (NICU) in Hyderabad. The Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) program has been successfully implemented, with several other neonatology centres participating in the program. Premature babies are examined at these centres, and laser treatment or surgery performed on them as required.

Diagnosis of congenital cataract is possible on the first day of life by the pediatrician if the newborn does not give a red reflex. Early diagnosis and referral are very important at this stage as irreversible damage may occur if the congenital cataract is not treated within the first few months of life. Because of the association of cataracts with other ocular and systemic disorders, a thorough ocular and systemic evaluation should be performed on any child who has a cataract. A genetic evaluation may be indicated in some cases as well.

Pediatric glaucoma may be of primary genetic origin or occur secondary to other pediatric eye diseases. A wide variety of systemic diseases may also lead to childhood glaucoma and must be taken into consideration while examining children.