Aravind News Team

God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into its nest.

Aravind’s manufacturing arm, Aurolab is completing two decades of its service in making ophthalmic consumable affordable and accessible to the common man. The organisation is all set to mark the occasion with a series of celebrations. 

Aravind always believes in the power of sharing and right from the beginning the organisation is open to share its success principles with anyone who is truly concerned about the problem of blindness. Recently, the organization entered into a partnership to Work on Chinese Eye Hospital Alliance (CEHA) Project for capacity building of select private hospitals in China.

Diabetic retinopathy remains one of the leading causes of preventable blindness. Realising the potential of primary health centres in promoting the health-seeking behavior of the community, Aravind – Pondicherry started collaborating with the centres for an opportunistic screening of diabetic retinopathy. The process has just begun and is expected to benefit a larger number of people affected with diabetes and more particularly, diabetic retinopathy.

Angaadi, the charity fest was conducted with great fervor and enthusiasm. The proceeds from the sales went on to support the good work done by two non-profit charity organisations – Aishwaryam Trust and M.S.Chellamuthu Trust. 

News about these and many more feature in this issue. 

Special Recognition for Sr. Chidambaram
Aravind – Tirunelveli, December 11
M N Chidambaram, Nursing Superintendent was awarded “Best Social Service award" for her selfless work and service by "Annai Theresa Social Service Organization”. The award was presented at a special function organized on December 11. 
Dinamalar Kolam Competition
Pondicherry, December 18
Ms.K.R.Deepa, Housekeeping Supervisor, Aravind -Pondicherry participated and won  second prize for the fourth consecutive year in the  Kolam Competition organized by Dinamalar group.
Angaadi 2016
Aravind – Madurai, December 17


Now in its third year, Angaadi again became a hit, thanks to the whole-hearted dedication and commitment of staff and employees. The charity fest was organized this year too to raise money to help the less privileged. The unique feature is that the items at sale are brought in by the staff members and sod amongst themselves. Mr.G.Srinivasan inaugurated the event, which saw wide participation from all cadres of staff. The event helped raise an amount of Rs.1,44,030. The funds were donated to Aishwaryam Trust, Kadachanenthal and MS.Chellamuthu Trust, Madurai.

Aishwaryam Trust is well-known for its  exceptional service in palliative care to the elderly and destitute while Chellamuthu Trust offers quality psychiatry care and rehabilitate mentally ill people.
Workshop on Subtenon’s Anaesthesia
Aravind – Madurai, November 30


An internal workshop for doctors and theatre nurses from all surgical centres was conducted at on Subtenon’s anesthesia. Subtenon’s anesthesia is a safer alternative to retrobulbar and peribulbar anaesthesia. The workshop included lectures, wet lab training, observation and hand on training on the technique.
Workshop on Sterilization and Aseptic Techniques for Ophthalmic Operation Theatre
Aravind – Madurai, December 2-7
Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai along with Tamil Nadu State Blindness Control Society and National Health Mission has organized the workshop for staff nurses and theatre assistants working in ophthalmic operation theatres in the government hospitals of Tamil Nadu. This 5-day residential Workshop was conducted in 3 batches covering 68 participants. Topics covered included cataract surgery protocols, aseptic protocols, operation theatre work flow, OT cleaning, Infection control and so on.
Observing International Day of Disabilities
Aravind – Tirunelveli, December 9


To commemorate the Internatinal Day of Disabilities, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli organized a three day exhibition on Low vision care and services to create awareness among patients and public. Dr.R.Ramakrishnan inaugurated the exhibition. Nearly 150 persons visited. 
Moments of Relaxation


As a part of Employee welfare activity, lady staff members (MLOPs and Admin) who completed five years of service were taken on a one day tour to Thiruparappu falls, Thottipalam, Pottaiyadi and Kanyakumari. 

As a part of employee welfare activity, lady staff members(MLOPs and Admin) and technicians of all the 11 Vision Centres  were taken on a one day tour to the beach and various tourist attractions in Kanyakumari.

Hospital Day Celebrations
Aravind –Salem, Sunday, 18 December 2016


It has been five years since Aravind’s tertiary Centre at Salem was opened. Chief guests - Mr.Sanjay Kumar IPS, Commissioner of Police, Salem City, Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, Dr.G.Natchiar and Dr.R.D.Ravindran presided over the annual day ceremony. Mr.Selvaraj, Manager - Finance welcomed the audience. Mr.Sanjay Kumar IPS inaugurated the eye collection centre and handed over the eye collection kit to Dr.Anuja. Dr.Manohar Babu presented the annual report. Dr.Namperumalsamy and Dr.R.D Ravindran gave special address. Retention award for the employees were distributed the Commissioner of Police. Several cultural events staged by the MLOPs and doctors entertained the audience. 
Christmas Celebrations


Christmas was celebrated with great joy at various Aravind centres. Glittering lights and stars welcomed the audience. Choir once again filled the minds of audience with beautiful Christmas memories. Cultural programmes including skit and other shows conveyed the true spirit of the festival.
Eye Care Awareness Programme
Sithayankottai, December 20
Eye care awareness programme was organised for the members of women’s self help group in Sithayankottai. Mr.Vinayagamoorthy, Mr.Vijayan and Ms. Karthika handled the session. Sixty participants attended.
PASS 2016 – Programme for Aravind Staff Support 
Aravind – Pondicherry, December 25


As part of  the Programme for Aravind Staff Support (PASS), Aravind - Pondicherry organized family meet for the staff of vision centre and married Mid level ophthalmic personnel. Dr.K.Veena, welcomed the audience and explained the objective of the programme to the participants.  Dr.S.R.Krishnadas delivered a talk on Role of MLOP staff (your family member) in serving community and Dr.Usha Kim spoke on How Aravind culture groom an individual to become a fulfilled human being?– through teleconference.  A few games were organized to make the programme interesting. Participants also shared their views.  Around 22 MLOPs along with their family participated.
Jagriti Yatris at Aravind
Aravind – Madurai, December 26


This year too, Aravind found place in the travel itinerary of Jagriti Yatris. Mr.R.D.Thulasiraj and Dr.S.Aravind addressed the gathering and cleared their questions. Song Enga Madura was played which received wide applause from the team. 480 yatris visited Aravind this time. A documentary capturing the unique Aravind model of compassion at work was released on the occasion.
Opportunistic Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy in Collaboration with PHCs
Aravind – Pondicherry, December 27


Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry crossed another milestone as it introduced opportunistic screening model for Diabetic Retinopathy in collaboration with  Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Pondicherry. Diabetic patients in the community come to the PHC on the scheduled day to collect their free diabetes medications for the month.

Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry will use this opportunity to screen for Diabetic Retinopathy among all those diabetics attending the PHC. As a part of this initiative, the personnel of the PHC will be oriented towards the need for screening the diabetic patients for diabetic retinopathy.

A total of 27 primary health centres and 2 community health centres are included in this. The first Diabetic Retinopathy Screening programme was arranged at Karikkalampakkam which was graced by the presence of Honourable Health Minister, Shri.Malladi Krishna Rao; Honourable Minister for Social Welfare, Shri M. Kandasamy; Health Secretary, Shri.B.R.BABU, IAS; and Dr.K.V.Raman, Director of Medical Services. Rotary Club of Puducherry Mid-Town supports the PHC camps at Puducherry.

Making a Difference 

The Govel Trust Mahema Endowment was instituted by Mr. Manohar Devadoss in his beloved wife Mahema’s memory to support people with low vision. Since inception in 2009, the fund continues to make tremendous difference in the lives of several persons with vision impairment. Mahema and Manohar were an exceptional couple who by their warm and charismatic personality attracted many into their lives who gradually became their extended family and joined the Art of Giving. Aravind is happy to note that Shri. Ajith, veteranTamil actor and a friend of Manohar Devadoss has for the fourth consecutive year donated to the fund.
5th Biennial Scientific Meeting of Asia Cornea Society
Seoul, Korea, December 9-11


Dr. Venkatesh Prajna
- Efficacy of Oral Voriconazole in Severe Fungal Keratitis

Dr. Lalitha Prajna
- Laboratory Perspective on Best Practices in the Management of Ocular Infection

Dr. Ashish Kumar, Dr. Venkatesh Prajna
- Detection of Corneal Scars by Corneal Cellscope, a Smartphone Camera Attachment

Dr. Manoranjan Das, Dr. Ashish Kumar
- No bubble no trouble: Long-term results of optical deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty
BLITZ YI – Youth Conclave
Coimbatore, December 17
Dr. P. Namperumalsamy gave an inspirational talk on Scaling up at the Young Indians – Conclave organized by Confederation of Indian Industries.
Thrissur Academic Club of Ophthalmology
Thrissur, September 25
Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi
- Spectacl(e)ular revoution towards visual excellence in children
Joint Congress of American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmological Society of India (SPOSI)
Jaipur, December 2-4


Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi 
- Chilhood visual impairment: Dectection, Assessment & Rehabilitation - Epidemiology of eye disease birth to 3 in a terioratry eye centre in India

Dr. Shashikant Shetty
- Orbit trauma
- Evaluation of Nystagmus

Dr. Rupa
- Electro retinography as a diagnostic took in childhood visual impairment (FP)

Dr. Sathya
- Attainment of binocularity following late    alignment for early onset strabismus (Eposter)
- Paediatric Cataract:Are we seeing a changing trend? (E poster)

Dr. Navdeep
- Management of head posture in Duane Retraction Syndrome (DRS) with Nystagmus (E poster)
- Intraocular Lens(IOL) power calculation errors for (up to 5 years) paediatric eyes in Indian population

Dr. Pooja Kewlani
- Outcomes of Surgical Correction in Partially Accomodative Esotropia (Eposter)

Dr. Pallavi Patil
- Joubert Syndrome with Bilateral Hypotropia
- Optical Iridectomy in Children

Dr. Palak Makwana
- Functional Outcomes of Botulinum Toxin Injection in Acute Sixth Nerve Palsy (Eposter)

Dr.Shruti Agarwal
- Ocular Trauma Score (OTS): A valide tool as a prognostic indicator in Pediatric Traumatic Cataract

Dr. Sahithya
- A Rare Case Series of High Myopia in full term infants (Eposter)

Dr. Kruti Shah
- Received the Prof.Yogesh Shukla Gold Medal for E-poster Outcomes of surgical management of traumatic bilateral Superior oblique palsy (Eposter)
Glukon, the Glaucoma Konclave 2016
Organised by Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital and Research Centre
Lucknow, December 4


Dr. R. Venkatesh 
- ONH Evaluation made Easy
- Trabeculectomy Bleb Modulation; End of Surgery Beginning of Intervention
Sadguru Conclave 2016
Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, December 7-8
Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and subsequently, she delivered a talk titled Journey 1990-2016.
- Visual Rehabilitation of children after cataract surgery
- Rehabilitation for children with visual impairment – convenor
- Management of Strabismus in High Myopia

7th Annual Conference of the Bangladesh Glaucoma Society
Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 15
Dr.Ganesh V Raman was the invited speaker for glaucoma session.
Vision 2020 Roundtable Meet
Delhi, December 8
Mr.R.D.Thulasiraj participated in the meet held in Delhi.

Partnership to Work on Chinese Eye Hospital Alliance (CEHA) Project
Aravind –Madurai, December 11-14


A senior delegation responsible for running a large scale programme on hospital capacity building for the private hospitals at 2nd tier cities and counties in China visited Aravind in the second week of December. The purpose of the visit was to investigate the best way to work with Aravind and Aurolab. The team included Prof Mingguang He - Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre, Sun - Yat Sen University; Mr.Ning He - Director -Yangjiang Guangming Eye Hospital; 

Mr.Yiming Qu - Director - Guangzhou Healgoo Interactive Medical Technology Ltd Co and
Ms. Qiuxia Yin, Senior Assistant - Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre, Sun - Yat Sen University. They met with the senior leaders of Aravind and discussed the possibilities of future collaboration.
Needs Assessment Visits
  • Alakh Nayan Mandir Eye Institute, Udaipur, December 11- 12: Dr. Rodney John, Mr. Syed Ali 
  • Jharkhand Eye Hospital, Ranchi, December 13-15: Dr. Ashok Vardhan, Ms. Sunytha, Ms. Sashipriya
  • Jamshedpur Eye Hospital, December 15-15: Dr. Ashok Vardhan, Mr. Syed Ali
Amrf – Dartmouth Education and Research Conference
Madurai, December 2-3


Aravind Medical Research Foundation conducted the two day conference which was initiated by the interaction between Dr.N.Venkatesh Prajna and Dr.Michael E. Zegans, Section Chief Ophthalmology and Professor of Surgery, Dartmouth College and Medical Center, Hanover, USA. Students from Dartmouth presented research proposals on various eye diseases to clinicians, scientists and research scholars. The presentations were highly appreciated by the invited experts including Dr.R.D.Ravindran, Dr.N.Venkatesh Prajna, Dr.S.R.Rathinam, Dr.Usha Kim, Dr.S.Lalitha Prajna, Dr.Haripriya Aravind and Dr.Mahesh Kumar. Research work at AMRF was presented as lectures by scientists and posters by research scholars. The details of the core research facilities and on-going research projects were presented and demonstrated to Dartmouth team during the lab visits.  The conference was organized by Prof.K.Dharmalingam, Director-Research, and coordinated by Dr.D.Bharanidharan, Scientist-Bioinformatics, AMRF and Ms.Dawn E. Carey, Partner Relationship Manager, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. 
Workshop on Basics of Tissue Culture
AMRF, December 26-30


The five day workshop was organized at Aravind Medical Research Foundation, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi. Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, President – AMRF inaugurated the workshop and Prof.K.Dharmalingam - Director Research gave an introduction to the research activities at AMRF. The manual for the workshop was released by Er.G.Srinivasan, Director-Fi nance, AECS and the first copy was received by Prof.K.Dharmalingam. A total of 20 participants were selected for the workshop which included 6 post graduate students, 12 research scholars and 6 faculty from nearby colleges/universities including The American College, Lady Doak College, Thiagarajar College, Kongunad College of Arts and Science, Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Bharathidasan University and Anna University (Trichy). The workshop included lectures delivered by AMRF faculty – Prof.VR.Muthukkaruppan, Dr.P.Sundaresan, Dr.C.Gowri Priya, Dr.S.Senthilkumari, Dr.A.Vanniarajan, Dr.M.Vidyarani and Dr.O.G.Ramprasad. The laboratory sessions included - basic infrastructure of tissue culture room, sterility, media preparation, cell culture – adherent/suspension, cell count and cell viability, cell line - revival, freezing, cell proliferation assay and mycoplasma testing. Certificates for the participants were distributed by Prof.VR.Muthukkaruppan.

Enrolments for December 2016 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for December 2016
Long Term Fellowship Programmes - For Ophthalmologists
Comprehensive Ophthalmology
General Ophthalmology
Orbit & Oculoplasty
Retina - Vitreous
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders 
Small Incision Cataract Surgery
Instrument Maintenance Course
Instrument Maintenance - For Technicians
  • Priya S, Nirmala Devy, Vengatesh R. Extensively Disseminated Tuberculosis in an Immuno Competent Young Women Presenting as Isolated Optic Neuritis. Annals Clinical Case Reports. 2016;1:1153.
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  • Chidambaram JD, Prajna NV, Larke N, Macleod D, Srikanthi P, Lanjewar S, Shah M, Lalitha P, Elakkiya S, Burton MJ. In vivo confocal microscopy appearance of Fusarium and Aspergillus species in fungal keratitis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2017 Jan 2. [Epub]
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  • Haripriya A, Chang DF, Vijayakumar B, Niraj A, Shekhar M, Tanpreet S, Aravind S. Long-term Posterior Capsule Opacification Reduction with Square-Edge Polymethylmethacrylate Intraocular Lens: Randomized Controlled Study. Ophthalmology. 2017 Jan 5. [Epub]
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  • Pawar N, Padmavathy S, Maheshwari D, Ravindran M, Ramakrishanan R. OCT-documented opticatrophy in nonsyndromic craniosynostosis and lacunar skull. J AAPOS. 2017 Jan 10. pii: S1091-8531(17)30018-6. [Epub]
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  • Prajna VN, Devi L, Seeniraj SK, Keenan JD. Conjunctival Autograft Versus Amniotic Membrane Transplantation Following Double Pterygium Excision: A Randomized Trial. Cornea. 2017 Jan 11. [Epub] 

  • Taylor KE, Wong Q, Levine DM, McHugh C, Laurie C, Doheny K, Lam MY, Baer AN, Challacombe S, Lanfranchi H, Schiødt M, Srinivasan M, Umehara H, Vivino FB, Zhao Y, Shiboski S, Daniels TE, Greenspan JS, Shiboski CH, Criswell LA. Genome-Wide Association Analysis Reveals Genetic Heterogeneity of Sjögren's Syndrome According to Ancestry. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 Jan 11. doi: 10.1002/art.40040. [Epub]
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Guest Lecture on Cardiac Diseases
Aurolab, December 21
As part of employee welfare activity, Aurolab organised a guest lecture on cardiac diseases by Dr.Balamurugan from Vivekananda Hospital. He mentioned in detail the ways to prevent cardiac problems and how to lead a healthy life.
Silver Jubilee Celebrations
Aurolab, December 18


As a part of Silver Jubilee Celebrations, Aurolab arranged a family meet of the senior employees on December 18. Tour of the facility, Aurofarm and Nithyatha was arranged as part of the programme. To many, it was the first time, they got an opportunity to visit the Aurolab premises. A photo gallery displaying the various milestones and developments at Aurolab was organised in Nithyatha. Game shows were organized to entertain the children. Mr.R.D.Sriram-Joint Managing Director gave an inspiring speech to the audience. 

Alumni meet was organised on December 24 to acknowledge the contribution and dedication of the alumni staff. R.D.Sriram welcomed the gathering. Mr.Sivanand gave a presentation on the milestones of the last 10 years. Tour of the facility was arranged. Mr.Krishnakumar gave presented about the genesis and development of Aurolab. The participants also shared their great memories of working in Aurolab. Mr.Venkatesh gave a vote of thanks. 

December - 2016

RS Puram
Paying (New & Review) 50,636 7,929 28,642 33,539 25,091 6,221 3,759 11,518 2,687 4,944 2,858 1,77,824
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 12,704 1,627 6,194 9,747 6,795 NA 501 1,085 973 706 NA 40,332
Comprehensive Eye Camps 9,388 1,810 3,754 6,493 5,858 NA NA 2,044 NA NA NA 29,347
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 946 NA NA 749 856 NA NA NA NA NA NA 2,551
Refraction Camps NA 441 1,199 256 220 NA NA 163 NA NA NA 2,279
Mobile Refraction Unit NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
School Screening camps NA NA NA 168 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 168
Paediatric Camps NA 203 NA 170 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 373
Vision Centres 17,733 5,072 9,906 3,485 5,081 NA 938 NA 1128 NA NA 43,343
Community Centres / City Centres 8,956 1,928 2,671 NA 2,549 NA NA NA NA NA NA 16,104
Total OP Examinations 1,00,363 19,010 52,366 54,607 46,450 6,221 5,198 14,810 4,788 5,650 2,858 3,12,321
Total Number of Camps 43 12 22 35 24 NA NA 14 NA NA NA 150
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 2,887 340 1,186 1,402 811 274 131 616 85 150 90 7,972
Free (Direct) 1,896 242 706 1,298 650 NA 77 155 131 63 NA 5,218
Camp 2,303 325 658 1,594 1,231 NA 15 408 4 NA NA 6,538
Total Cataract Surgeries 7,086 907 2,550 4,294 2,692 274 223 1,179 220 213 90 19,728
Note: NA - Not Applicable