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L V Prasad Eye Institute Urges People to Pledge for Eye Donation

38th Eye Donation Fortnight: 25th August - 8th September 2023
LVPEI organizes a series of awareness activities during the Eye Donation Fortnight
LVPEI Eye Donation Helpline: Hyderabad: +91 9849545822; Bhubaneswar: +91 9337704637;
Visakhapatnam: +91 9440821919; Vijayawada: +91 9642351513

Out of the 10 million blind people in India, over 2 million Indians are affected by corneal blindness, and 60% of them are below the age of 12. This could be due to corneal disease, injury or infection where the cornea of the eye becomes opaque. A person with an opaque cornea cannot see, this condition is known as corneal blindness. 

Corneal transplantation is the only known cure for corneal blindness, requiring a significant number of eye donations. However, due to a lack of awareness, along with myths and fears associated with eye donation, these numbers remain considerably low. The current cornea collection in India can only meet the needs of one-fourth of the patients. Dr Sunita Chaurasia, Medical Director of The Ramayamma International Eye Bank at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, emphasized this gap during the commencement of the 38th National Eye Donation Fortnight. She stated, 'We urge people to pledge for eye donation and help bridge this gap.'

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A Nationwide Upsurge in Pink Eye Conjunctivitis Cases, especially Follicular Conjunctivitis

Be aware, take proper precautions and seek timely treatment!

28 July 2023: Monsoon, also known as the flu season, brings with it a host of viral and bacterial infections. The increased humidity and dampness during this season create a favorable atmosphere for bacteria and viruses to thrive. As many of these infections are contagious, they can easily be transmitted from one person to another. 

Like every year during this season, even this year, we are witnessing a nationwide upsurge in the cases of 'Conjunctivitis', also known as 'Pink Eye'. Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin mucous membrane covering the white part of the eye and the inside of our eyelids, caused by various factors, including viral, bacterial infections, parasitic infestation, allergies, or exposure to certain chemicals. Of all the types of conjunctivitis, 'Follicular Conjunctivitis', caused by a particular group of viruses like adenovirus, is most commonly seen during this time.  

Since the 1st of July 2023, close to...

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Oxford Congress Honour for Dr Gullapalli N Rao

     -  Dr Gullapalli N Rao delivered the Doyne lecture at the 2023 Oxford Ophthalmological Congress at Oxford, UK.
     -  Dr. Rao is the first ever ophthalmologist working in India to deliver this lecture in its 106-year history.
     -  Title of his lecture - A Cornea Care System: Evolution

Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder - Chair of the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) delivered the prestigious Doyne Lecture at the Oxford Ophthalmology congress. Named in the memory of Prof. Robert Doyne in 1917, this is the oldest eponymous lecture in ophthalmology. Prof. Robert Doyne is the Founder of the Oxford Eye Hospital, the first ever academic eye department, and he was the first Reader of Ophthalmology at Oxford. Dr. Rao is the first ophthalmologist ever working in India to deliver this lecture in its 106-year history.

Dr Rao gave the Doyne Lecture as part of the 106th Oxford Ophthalmological Congress. The ...

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