I for Eye - This section features the interview of one of our team members from the "Team of the Month"
Dumpati Srikanth, BOpt
Designation: Associate Optometrist
Since the inception of sclera contact lens services at LVPEI in 2005, 1000 patients with complex corneal disease have been treated with the PROSE lenses (as per May 2016). Dumpati Srikanth has been instrumental in helping the team achieve this significant milestone. Apart from his clinical work, he is also very passionate about teaching. He loves to spend time with his family, watch movies and play cricket on his free days.
My key responsibilities are (a) contact lens consultation and contact lens dispensing (b) faculty at LVPEI’s Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Centre (b) clinical mentor for the LVPEI Primary Vision Eye Care Centres (c) prime investigator in the study that we are doing along with the University of New South Wales, Australia, to understand the efficacy and safety of surface modified contact lens during continuous wear modality.
Dispensing Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP or GP) contact lens is a complex area within contact lens practice. Generally patients needing this lens have irregular cornea shape and we need to try several trial lenses on them before we are confident of prescribing them the lenses that fits them the most, is suitable to their life style, and gives them the best possible vision. This process is time consuming and at times, it becomes a challenge to make our patients understand why they need to undergo this extensive exercise. So we need to be very patient with them to win their confidence and cooperation.
At TKCI we are all ceaselessly working hard towards our mission – eliminating needless corneal blindness. We recently crossed the 1000 mark in dispensing PROSE contact lenses. This gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction to know that I am part of a team that is instrumental in helping people with complex corneal diseases regain the best possible vision.
My aim now is to achieve the 10,000 mark by further raising the standard of the quality of the services we are providing at LVPEI.