Ongoing projects:

Impact of intervention for avoidable visual impairment among the Elderly Population in Residential Care in and around Hyderabad, India – The Hyderabad Ocular Morbidity in Elderly Study (HOMES)

Visual impairment is more common among elderly people living in residential care when compared to those living in non-institutionalized environments. A significant proportion has an impairment that can be corrected by simple interventions such as the use of spectacles and cataract surgery. Studies have shown that visual impairments in the elderly affect all dimensions of their life such as mobility, self-care, driving and participation in social and religious activities, general health and the overall quality of life. This research aims to investigate the prevalence and causes of visual impairment and assess the impact of intervention including the provision of cataract surgery and spectacles on the visual functions of elderly individuals living in residential care in India.

Endophthalmitis Prophylaxis Study: intracameral cefuroxime and moxifloxacin prophylaxis for prevention of post-cataract endophthalmitis in rural India

Intracameral antibiotics are known to reduce the rate of endophthalmitis. This study is about the reduction in the rate of acute endophthalmitis following the use of intracameral antibiotics. The second arm is this study is about no use of postoperative topical antibiotics with the use of routine intracameral antibiotics

Can using the BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool) app improve Cataract Surgical Outcomes? A Prospective Study

Cataract BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool) is a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes. BOOST enables surgeons to record results the day after cataract surgery, then analyze and benchmark their results against other users around the world. It also suggests strategies to improve surgical quality where results are poor. The Cataract BOOST prospective study aims to demonstrate whether using the BOOST app can improve the proportion of cataract surgeries with good outcomes (uncorrected VA >= 6/18) and be effectively integrated into routine surgical care.