As the New Year dawned, Covid-19 situation in India became a cause of concern with single day cases increasing at alarming proportions. The grave situation has triggered alarm across the country with many reinstating strict restrictions in order to break the chain of transmission and contain the virus spread. Considering the gravity of the situation, Aravind, too has become extra cautious in following Covid appropriate behaviour and protocols. The organisation was about to start its training programmes, but had to call off these for a larger good. For the first time ever, Aravind conducted a garden fest and competition for staff across the centres. The programme received overwhelming response and it was truly a treat for the eyes seeing the beautifully arranged gardens and the well-maintained plants brought by individuals. In order to address the quality of training of allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP), LAICO organised EyeTRAIN which brought together institutions to share best practices and resources for eye care training. The conference mainly targeted ophthalmologists, allied ophthalmic personnel, optometrists, technicians, ophthalmic nursing trainers, hospital managers and other cadres of eye care institutions who are involved in the training AOP staff. Many Aravind centres including Aurolab celebrated Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu with great zeal. News about these and many more feature in this issue.


TNOA Recognition for Peer-reviewed Scientific Publications

The following doctors received medal and certificate from TNOA for their contributions to peer-reviewed journals during 2020-2021.

Aravind – Tirunelveli

  • Neelam Pawar, D, Consultant – Paediatric Ophthalmology Services
  • Devendra Maheswari, Consultant – Glaucoma Services

Aravind – Madurai

  • Karthik Kumar, Consultant – Retina Vitreous Services
  • Vignesh T.P, Consultant – Retina Vitreous Services
  • Renu P Rajan, Consultant – Retina Vitreous Services
  • Chitaranjan Mishra, Consultant – Retina Vitreous Services

Winners –Ophthalmic Photography Competition

Indian Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery Convention

Chennai, December 4-5

Slit lamp Photography

  • Winner: Dr. Vinitha Rashme, Medical Consultant, Cataract and IOL Services, Aravind-Madurai
  • Kamatachi Kannan, Supervisor, Clinical Research bagged the first and second runner up awards.

Smartphone Photography:

  • First Runner Up: Dr. Hirika Gosalia, DNB Resident, Aravind-Coimbatore

External Photography:

  • Second Runner Up: Mr. Rajkumar, Photographer, Aravind-Madurai

Elected Members of Vitreo Retinal Society of India

Dr.R.Kim, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind – Madurai and Dr.K.Naresh Babu, Chief Retina Services, Aravind – Madurai were elected as Vice-president and Executive Member respectively of VRSI.

Best Video Award - 14th Congress of the Asia Pacific Vitreo Retina Society (APVRS)

December 11-12, 2021

Dr. K. Naresh Babu, Chief – Retina and Vitreous Services, Aravind-Madurai

  • Best Video Award
    Topic: Two staged surgery with short Term PFCL Tamponade for Management of RD Secondary to RPE tear

Best Poster Award at Glaucoma Society of India Conference

Guwahati, December 17-19

Dr. Swati Upadhyaya, Glaucoma Consultant, Aravind – Pondicherry

  • Best Poster Award
    Topic: Comparison of diurnal intraocular pressure measurement by iCare home tonometer with Goldmann applanation tonometer in a tertiary eye hospital in South India.

Award at Keracon – Annual Conference of Cornea Society of India

December 10-12

Dr. Kulharsh B Jaiswal, Cornea Consultant, Aravind-Pondicherry

  • First Prize in Corneal Innovations Session
    Innovation: iOpener – A novel device for ocular examination

National Biomedical Research competition – Oral Presentation

Dr. Aiman Ahmed Khan, IOL Fellow, Aravind-Coimbatore became the 4th runner up in the oral presentation organised as part of  National Biomedical Research competition conducted by the Society of Young Biomedical Scientists.

Ph.D Awarded

Mr.J.Venkateswaran, Assistant Division Manager – Pharmaceutical Division, Aurolab was awarded doctoral degree by the Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University for his research on ‘Design fabrication and validation of fixed combination for anti-glaucoma ophthalmic drugs’ . He received the doctoral degree from the  Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr.M.K.Stalin.

Aravind Events

Hackathon 3.0

Aravind-Pondicherry, January 8-9

Aravind Centre for Eyecare innovations (ACEi) organised Hackathon 3.0 at Aravind-Pondicherry where young engineers and doctors and staff of Aravind were brought together to work on various problem statements and bring about innovative solutions. Though the hospital has hosted hackathons before, this is the first time doctors from different centres of Aravind collaborated with the young engineers from Atal Incubation Centre, Pondicherry Engineering College Foundation (AIC-PECF) and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore.

Mr.Sandal Kotawala, CEO – Alfaleus and an alumnus of VIT, Prof.Dr.Arulmozhivarman – VIT, Mr.Sundaramoorthy, Director and, Mr.Vishnu Vardhan CEO of AIC-PECF, helped the Aravind team coordinate with students and young entrepreneurs in making this event a huge success. The team collected nearly 100 problem statements across AECS and scrutinized all of them. Engineers along with Aravind doctors worked on 12 problem statements.  The core champions of ACEi along with a few doctors also visited the Atal Incubation Centre of PECF and witnessed a few innovations and the model and culture of AIC-PECF which could be adopted by ACEi.

Guest Lecture

Aravind-Coimbatore, December 24

A guest lecture was organised for the women employees on the topic, “Importance of women safety and self-defence”.  Ms.Sughasini IPS, Additional Superintendent of Police (ADSP), Coimbatore and Ms.Jagadevi, Sub Inspector of Police, Cybercrimes, Coimbatore gave informative lectures on the topic. Ms.Sughasini gave a rousing lecture about women empowerment, safety and self-defence. She spoke on digital crimes against women and how to stay protected.

Session on “Cybercrimes against women” was handled by Ms.Jagadevi in an interesting and lively way. Citing real-life examples of adverse happenings, she conveyed the disadvantages of unnecessary and uncontrolled use of digital media.

Hospital Day Celebration

Aravind – Salem, December 30

Aravind-Salem completed ten years of its service in restoring sight to the needy. To mark the occasion, a simple celebration was organised strictly following the COVID protocols. The programme started with a minute’s silence to mourn the demise of beloved, Mr.G.Srinivasan, one of the founding members of Aravind. Dr.B.Manohar Babu, Chief Medical Officer delivered a special lecture which was followed by cultural programmes and dinner.

Freshers’ Day

Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 15

Freshers’ day for the newly joined allied ophthalmic personnel was celebrated at Aravind-Tirunelveli. Dr.Chandra Kumar, Project Director – District Blindness Control Society (DBCS) was the chief guest for the function.  An exhibition was organised by the trainees which had various models and charts related to eye care and eye diseases. The event was made lively with a few cultural programmes like Bharathanatiyam , Karagattam, and folk dance. Two of the new recruits spoke about Dr.V. and Mr.G.Srinivasan. Dr.R.Ramakrishnan, Advisor, Aravind-Tirunelveli and Dr.Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer gave inspiring talks. Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 15.

Workshop for Vision Centre Staff

December 19

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is emerging as a major tool in diagnosing diseases, be it diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry in collaboration with Remidio Innovative Solutions, Bangalore, India are working on developing an AI tool for early detection of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy using a smartphone based, slit lamp mounted fundus-on-phone (FOP) camera. The project is titled, Medios AI and is funded by Remidio and Aravind – Pondicherry. The project aims to train this new AI to pick up glaucoma/disc suspects or diabetic retinopathy cases from the fundus images captured in the vision centres of Aravind- Pondicherry. It is expected that once the AI is trained, it will be easier to diagnose cases and refer to the base hospital. This will reduce unnecessary referrals more so in times like this pandemic, reduce patients’ travel expenditure yet give them the correct treatment and guidance and reduce doctors’ workload.

To educate, encourage and convey the purpose of the project, the Project Department, conducted a training session for the staff of its 14 vision centres. The key persons for this project are Dr.Swati Upadhyaya, Glaucoma Consultant and Dr.Manavi D Sindal, Head, Vitreoretina Services. The study needs good undilated fundus images, capturing of which requires skill and little training.

Ms.Shreya and Mr.Vignesh from Remidio Innovative Solutions were invited to give hands-on training with Remidio FOP camera. They shared tips to take good undilated fundus images, enlightened the staff on the importance of lighting while taking an image, walked them through the Remidio dashboard and checked for software updates. Ms.Jayashree, Project Coordinator explained the importance of the project, trained them on protocol, workflow and data entry on Google Sheets. In the end, a project-related quiz was conducted and the winners were awarded.

IOL Loading Workshop

Aravind-Madurai, December 10-11

Cataract and IOL Services, Aravind-Madurai conducted a workshop for operation theatre AOPs to improve their IOL loading skills. Lecture and practical sessions were handled by Dr.Aruna Pai and faculty from Aurolab, Alcon and Hoya. A total of 63 participants took part in the workshop.

Digital Diabetic Retinopathy Workshop

Aravind – Madurai, November 28

Sponsored by Allergan, Retina Services of Aravind-Madurai organised a workshop on diabetic retinopathy. Dr.R.Kim chaired the session. Retina consultants from Aravind-Madurai shared their inputs on varied topics.

Workshop on Firefighting

Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 20, 2021

The workshop was organised for the MLOP recruits and all new joiners (Admin cadre) to orient them on basic firefighting techniques. Different types of fire extinguishers and their benefits were discussed.  A demo of firefighting and a mock evacuation procedure was also organised.

MIGS Symposium- Mission Possible 2022

Aravind-Pondicherry, January 8

Aravind-Pondicherry organised a symposium on Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) – Mission Possible, to help participants learn Bent Ab-interno Needle Goniectomy (BANG), iStent (Glaukos) implantation, tips and tricks for GATT or Gonioscopic assisted transluminal trabeculotomy and basics of Trabectome. Special thanks to Dr.Davinder Grover and Mr.Dheeraj for sharing videos on “GATT- Tricks and troubleshooting” and “Beginning Trabectome Surgery” respectively, which were uploaded on Aurotube.

iStent recently got entry into the Indian sub-continent and so a dry-lab session was arranged where Mr.Saikat Dutta (Manager, Glaukos India) trained the participants on iStent implantation. Ten glaucoma surgeons from Aravind centres – Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Chennai – took part. The team started training with 3D Ngenuity viewing system where surgeons did dry Lab training in addition to conventional microscope training which was followed by hands on training for iStent and BANG.

CME on Communication

Aravind – Coimbatore, December 15, 2021

Aravind-Coimbatore organised this non-clinical CME for its MLOPs. Dr.Pranesh, Medical Consultant emphasised the importance of using the right and appropriate words in patient communication. Ms. Rajakumari, Counselling Coordinator elaborated on the importance of attitude and empathy in communication. Ms.Umapriya, HR Manager stressed maintaining transparency in communication.

CME on CSSD Protocols for Paramedics

Aravind – Coimbatore, December 15, 2021

Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore in association with TNOA organised the CME for allied ophthalmic personnel. Dr.Kalpana Narendran, Senior Medical Officer, Coimbatore gave an overview of the CME and Dr.D.Chandrasekhar moderated the sessions. Dr.Mohan Rajan, President, TNOA introduced the topic. The CME covered essential topics in CSSD like Zoning, Cleaning and Disinfection, Sterilization Techniques, Validations, Vitreo Retinal and Specialty instruments. The sessions were supplemented with video demonstrations. All the sessions were held in Tamil for easy understanding of allied ophthalmic personnel.

CME for Staff of Vision Centres, Surgical Centre and Community Centre

Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 12

The main purpose of the CME was to help staff know more about specialty eye conditions and clarify their doubts, The CME also helped them update their knowledge on the latest technology used in diagnosis and management of eye diseases. About 95 staff members took part.

Motivational Session

Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 19

As part of employee welfare activities, a motivational session for staff and their children was conducted at Aravind-Tirunelveli. The session discussed how to successfully and effectively prepare children for board exams. Mr.R.Ganesh, Founder – Life Improvement through Mind Engineering handled the session. Staff along with their child(ren) and spouses took part.

Soft Skill Training Session

Aravind-Tirunelveli, December 10

The session was arranged for the MLOPs and Admin staff at Aravind-Tirunelveli.  Mr.R.Ganesh, Founder – Life Improvement through Mind Engineering handled the session.

Eye care Librarians Meet

Aravind-Madurai, December 17

Aravind Library and Information Centre – Madurai organised a virtual meet of eye care librarians. The purpose was to discuss ideas to conduct journal club discussions periodically for eye care librarians. The meeting was headed by Ms.Pamela C Sieving from California, USA. A total of 15 librarians from seven institutions joined the meet and shared their experiences on how they overcame the challenges in offering service during the pandemic. Ms.Pamela shared a brief update on the Association of Vision Science Librarians (AVSL) and its latest meeting held in the USA on December 1 and 2.

Garden Competition and Exhibition

Aravind, January 8

The central Housekeeping Department of Aravind Eye Care System conducted a garden competition in which all centres participated. With great enthusiasm, they  shared pictures of their gardens set beautifully for the competition. Staff members were also given a chance to participate in the competition. They were given a pot in advance and asked to grow any indoor plant of their choice.  On January 8, an exhibition of these was arranged and judges were invited from outside to evaluate it.


Pongal Celebration

Aravind centres celebrated Pongal, the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu in a traditional way. Special prayers were offered and special competitions were held.


Christmas Celebration

Christmas was celebrated with great enthusiasm in many Aravind centres. Decorations were done to mark the spirit of Christmas; fun games were organised and sweets were distributed.


International Workshop on Data Science and Modern Biology

Aravind Medical Research Foundation, December 20-21, 2021

Dr. A. Vanniarajan, Scientist, Molecular Genetics Department welcomed the gathering and Prof. K. Dharmalingam set the context of the workshop. The workshop had 70 participants attending in person. Guest lectures and a few sessions were conducted online. Since one of the objectives of the workshop was to inculcate research aptitude among the young scholars, a special session was organised for their interaction with the experts. The session on “Single Cell-Omics and spatial transcriptome profiling” conducted by Premas Life Sciences introduced the new field of Visium technology for transcriptome studies using archival samples.  Another session on “Nanostring technology” by TheraCues team covered the different aspects of gene expression studies from sample preparation to data generation along with its utility in disease biology.

Invited talks:

  • Dr. Kumaramanickavel. G, Narayana Nethralaya, Bengaluru – DNA data science in clinical application
  • Prof. Karuthapandian. S, Alagappa University, Karaikudi – Piperine : the spicy molecule for the oral care
  • Dr. Thiyagarajan. S, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Bengaluru – Applications of data Science in drug discovery
  • Dr. Balasubramanyam. M, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai – Data Science, new biology insights & precision medicine with special reference to diabetes and its complications
  • Dr. Bethany Mills, University of Edinburgh, UK – Reimagining diagnosis of infection: utilising optical molecular smartprobes from the lung to the cornea
  • Prof. Rachel Williams, University of Liverpool, UK – The role of biomaterials in the eye
  • Prof. Kumaravel Somasundaram, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru – Cancer stem-like cells: understanding tumor cellular hierarchy and plasticity
  • Dr. Anilkumar. P, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Kerala – Advanced Biofabrication of Functional Tissues by 3D Bioprinting
  • Dr.Chitraa Tangavel, Ganga Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation, Coimbatore – Untargeted Metabolome (LC-MS/MS ) profiling of avascular host tissue – insights on bacterial metabolites
  • Dr. Bharanidharan. D, Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai – Genomic data analysis of ocular bacterial pathogens
  • Prof. Colin Willoughby, Ulster University, UK – Characterising the TGFβ-induced microRNAome of the trabecular meshwork


Aurolab Sales Training Programme

Aurolab, December 9-25

ASTRA, the annual training programme for the new joiners of Aurolab was held at LAICO.  About 30 took part.

Exposure visit to Aurofarm

Aurolab, December 9-25

ASTRA, the annual training programme for the new joiners of Aurolab was held at LAICO.  About 30 took part.

Pongal Celebration

Aurolab, January 8

As always, Aurolab celebrated Pongal in  traditionally and elegantly. Prof.Dr.Muthukkaruppan, Advisor – Research and Prof.Dr.K.Dharmalingam, Director – Research, Aravind Eye Care System were the chief guests. The celebration was marked by performances such as Karagattam, Oyilattam, kolattam, Parai, Uriyadi, and Mulaipari. Winners of the various competitions were given prizes. Pooja was performed and prasadam was distributed to all.


eyeTRAIN reaches its destination!

LAICO, December 6-10

For the first time, LAICO conducted the eyeTRAIN online conference exclusively focused on training of allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP).

eyeTRAIN was a juncture that brought together eye care training institutions from across the globe, to showcase best practices and resources for AOP.

Although the conference had a focus on AOP training, it received over 90 submissions for the competitions: It received 43 abstracts for the paper presentation competition, 45 videos and 7 simulation models. 15 of 43 abstracts were shortlisted by the Jury and they were invited to present online. Guest lectures were one of the highlights of this conference.

Winning videos and simulation models were screened online and for Paper presentation competition, the conference had ‘TOP 5 Best Paper Awards’. Five of  Aravind staff bagged prizes in this conference.

Top 5 Best Paper Awards:

  1. “PAL lens measurement skill evaluation to check competency using rubrics” –  Jasmin ModiHari Jyot College Of Optometry, Navsari
  2. “Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – a novel assessment tool for Vision Center AOPs” – Dr.Aswin PRAravind Eye Hospital, Kovilpatti
  3. “Flipped Classroom Model – An Effective Way to teach Allied Ophthalmic Personnel” – Renuka, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore
  4. “3D Printing Models for Enhancing Learning through the Concept of Puzzle Assembly – A Comprehensive Self Learning Tactile Tool Kit “ –    Dr.Prasanna Venkatesh Ramesh, Mahathma Eye Hospital Private Limited, Tiruchirapalli
  5. Orthoptic training program at Aravind Eye Hospital” – Muthulakshmi R, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai

Best Video Awards:

Winners :

  1. “An account of AOP’s role in assisting in cataract phacoemulsification surgery” – Sangeetha V, Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai
  2. “Auto-edging progressive lenses” – Sudha P M  & Ramapriya A, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai


  1. “Basic Life Support” – Dr. Archana Bhargava, L V Prasad Eye Institute
  2. “Administration of Eye Drops & Ointments” – Sreelakshmi Varada, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad

Best Simulation Model Award: 


  1. “3D Augmented Reality Eye Simulation Models” – Dr.Prasanna Venkatesh Ramesh, Mahathma Eye Hospital Private Limited, Tiruchirapalli

Final Evaluation – CBM Multi-year Service Delivery Project


Upon request from CBM, LAICO did the final evaluation of multi-year service delivery projects in five of its partner hospitals. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess whether the project has achieved the set broad objectives during the past 5 years phase and to document particular areas where the project has been particularly successful or challenging.

Findings from the evaluation will contribute to project learning as the project considers planning for the second phase beginning in January 2022.

As part of the evaluation, the following staff from LAICO visited various hospitals in the last week of December 2021.

  • Suresh Kumar – NBJK – Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Eye Hospital, Dumka, Jharkand
  • Yesunesan – Ruby Nelson Eye Hospital, Jalandhar, Punjab
  • Syed Ali – Sewa Sadan Eye Hospital Trust, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  • Ganesh Babu – Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh
  • Mohammed Gowth – Dr Shroff Charity Eye Hospital, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh

Onsite Support

Abuja, Nigeria, October 19-December 15

Mr.Vikky Kumar, Manager, Aravind-Tirunelveli visited Tulsi Chanrai Foundation Eye Hospital in Abuja.  He spent about two months in the hospital helping the team there to implement various administrative procedures towards ensuring the smooth patient flow and day-to-day activities.

Conference Attended

Annual Conference of Vitreoretinal Society of India (Virtual)

December 16-19

Dr. Kim

  • Breaking down the art of scleral buckling: Basic steps, principles and indications
    Panelist: Cutting edge developments and future practices

Dr. Naresh Babu

  • Panelist: Hot off the oven!
  • Two-staged surgery with short-term PFCL tamponade for management of RD secondary to RPE tear (Video )

Dr. Vignesh T.P

  • Eplerenone treatment in a case of symptomatic subfoveal pigment epithelial detachment
  • Radial pattern intraretinal haemorrhage in Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy
  • Macular coloboma with choroidal neovascular membrane

Dr. Chitaranjan Mishra

  • Colour fundus image and multi-color image of macular coloboma
  • CRAO and arteritic AION in giant cell arteritis

BOSCON 2021 – Annual Conference of Bihar Ophthalmological Society

Muzaffarpur, Bihar, December 18-19

Dr.Madhu Shekhar

  • Management of dislocated lens
  • Cataract Surgery in colobomatous eyes with Advance cataract
  • Early Identification and Management of Subluxated Cataract

HR & Nursing Health Care Conclave 2021

Coimbatore, November 26, 2021

Umapriya R, HR manager, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore was the invited as speaker at the conclave organised by Sri Ramakirshna Hospital, Coimbatore. She spoke on Strategic training in health care to maximize employees working potential.


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Enrolments for December 2021

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Long Term Fellowship Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Anterior Segment & IOL Surgery Chennai 1
Coimbatore 1
Pondicherry 1
Fellowship in Cornea Chennai 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Madurai 2
Pondicherry 2
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty Pondicherry 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Medical Retina Chennai 1
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology Madurai 1
Fellowship in Glaucoma Pondicherry 1
Fellowship in Retina Vitreous Coimbatore 2
Fellowship in Uvea Madurai 1
Short Term Training Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Phacoemulsification Madurai 1
Coimbatore 1
Pondicherry 1
Small Incision Cataract Surgery Madurai 2
Coimbatore 1
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma Pondicherry 1
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders Coimbatore 1
Instrument Maintenance Course – Non Clinical Courses
Instrument Maintenance – For Technicians  LAICO 3


Patient Statistics – December 2021

Hospital Out-Patient Visits
Paying (New & Review) 240,043 57,538 28,741 8,807 34,873 26,938 5,085 7,147 12,177 5,437 4,567 4,199 29,950 11,920 2,664
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 72,532 20,655 6,390 2,573 10,709 8,856 1,536 3,547 879 717 8,285 7,831 554
Outreach Out Patient
Comprehensive Eye Camps 30,639 8,375 2,687 1,179 7,040 4,552 507 2,024 125 182 2,350 1,618
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps 1,790 823 107 860
Refraction Camp 2,521 470 895 404 422 330
Mobile Refraction Unit 1,069 258 811
School Screening 3,171 2,487 684
RoP Screening 1,826 312 413 208 734 37 120 2
Vision Centres 65,222 22,668 13,876 6,100 5,151 11,644 1,311 1,651 1,630 1,191
Community / City Centres 16,785 9,053 2,633 2,283 2,816
Total OP Examinations 435,598 119,894 55,635 21,257 62,516 55,949 8,439 7,147 20,210 6,441 7,096 4,199 42,226 21,371 3,218
Total number of camps 138 30 19 7 32 17 2 9 1 2 13 6
Cataract 31,784 8,638 3,324 1,067 6,252 3,423 573 504 1,928 313 775 223 3,077 1,522 165
*Other Surgeries 19,050 5,928 1,997 511 4,131 2,429 78 100 522 79 73 37 2,093 1,014 58
Total Surgeries 50,834 14,566 5,321 1,578 10,383 5,852 651 604 2,450 392 848 260 5,170 2,536 223
*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures.