Editorial

Community-based initiatives that provide easy access for eye care are essential in a country like India. Instead of waiting for patients to turn up on their own at the hospital to seek care, eye care centres should proactively reach out to them and only thus, the problem of avoidable blindness can be addressed. Technology too can be utilised to the fullest potential to offer quality care. Aravind experimented with the model of primary eye care delivery through establishing telemedicine-enabled vision centres in rural areas way back in 2003. Over the years, this has evolved into a robust model for replication across the Indian states and even in other countries. Aravind opened five new vision centres, the highest ever for a month, thus taking the total to 100.

Aravind’s senior doctors – Dr. M. Srinivasan; Dr. S.R. Rathinam and Dr. Lalitha Prajna were felicitated at a special function organised by the Rotary Club on account of them being listed in the list of top researchers in the world.

As the threat of Covid seemed to be relatively less in the past few weeks, Aravind resumed its in-person training programmes and CMEs. Consultancy visits to other hospitals suspended due to the pandemic for a while are also resumed.

Accolades

Rotary Vocational Excellence Awards

Madurai, April 22

Dr. M. Srinivasan, Director Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System; Dr. S.R.Rathinam, Chief, Uveitis Services, Aravind-Madurai and Dr. Lalitha Prajna, Chief Microbiologist, Aravind-Madurai were felicitated by the Rotary for having been found a place in the ranking of top researchers in ophthalmology, according to a study conducted by the Stanford University.

Dr.A.P.C.V Velayutham Memorial Oration Award

Tuticorin, April 17
Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman delivered the Dr.A.P.C.V Velayutham Memorial Oration organised by V.O. Chidambaram Educational Society at Tuticorin.

Aravind Events

Paediatric Opthalmology Update

Aravind- Chennai, April 12, 2022

Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai, in association with Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), Kancheepuram district  conducted  the programme at Kancheepuram. The interactive sessions covered retinopathy of prematurity, paediatric cataract, recent advances in paediatric ophthalmology and approach to common eye problems in children. From Aravind-Chennai, Dr. Saranya Settu, Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Services and Dr. Indu, Consultant, Vitreoretina Services handled the sessions.

New Vision Centres

Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai opened its fifth and sixth vision centre at Korukkupet and Madhavaram on April 12 and both the centres are funded by Rotary Club. Officials from the Rotary club of Madras East participated in the grand opening of the centres. Rtn.Sridhar, District Governor opened the centre. Rtn.Srinivasa Rao, President; Rtn.Murugavel Selvan, Immediate past president; Rtn.Muthu Palaniappan, Past President; Rtn.Narayanan, Past president; Rtn.Radhika, Chairperson-Global grant, and Rtn.Nachiappan participated in function. Both the centres were soft launched by Dr.Haripriya, Chief – Cataract and IOL services on March 31.

Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry opened a new vision centre at Manalurpet, Kallakuruchi district on March 30. The centre is sponsored by SEVA-SCB (Standard Chartered Bank under (SiB) Seeing is Believing. Dr. Aravindakumar, Ex-Governor, Lions Club District 324-H inaugurated the centre, and the tele-ophthalmology unit was inaugurated by Mrs. Revathy Jaiganesh, President, Manalurpet town Panchayat. The centre examined 76 patients on the inaugural day, of which 23 were advised for cataract surgery. 9 patients were advised to wear eyeglasses.

Aravind­ Salem opened its new vision centre at Pochampalli on March 30. The centre sponsored by SEVA – SCB (Standard Chartered Bank under (SiB) Seeing is Believing was opened by Dr. Alakiya, Glaucoma Fellow Aravind Eye Hospital, Salem, Mr. Mathesh, Co-operative Bank Manager and Mr. Gowth, Vision Centre Manager, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Members of Lions Club took part in the function. On the day of inauguration, 33 patients were screened, four patients were advised for cataract surgery and three were given glasses.

Sponsored by SEVA-SCB (Standard Chartered Bank under (SiB) Seeing is Believing, Aravind-Madurai opened a new vision centre at Sayalkudi on March 31. The centre was inaugurated by Dr.S. R. Rathinam , Chief, Uvea Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai in the presence of Dr. G. Anitha, Medical Consultant, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services; Aravind Eye Hospital, Tuticorin; Mr.Ghouse, Manager, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tuticorin; Mr. Mariappan, Town Panchayat President, Sayalkudi, Mr. Abitha Anitha Anna, Town Panchayat counsellor and prominent people from the community. The centre examined  74 patients, of which nine were advised for cataract surgery. 15 patients were advised to wear eye glasses and seven patients placed orders for glasses.

Sayalkudi
Korukkupet
Manalurpet
Madhavaram
Pochampalli
Madhavaram

Research Methodology Workshop

Aravind – Pondicherry, March 20

The workshop was organised for residents across the Aravind centres and many joined virtually.  It dealt with protocol development and thesis writing, review of literature, materials and methodology, discussion and how to arrive at a conclusion. The workshop was followed by a very competitive kahoot quiz in which the participants took part enthusiastically.  

Guest Lecture

Coimbatore, February 28

Prof. K. Dharmalingam, Director- Research, Aravind Medical Research Foundation, Madurai was invited as the chief guest for the National Science Day celebration at Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for women, Coimbatore. He delivered a lecture on Genome resources for a sustainable future.

Live Surgery

Chennai, March 6

Dr. Haripriya Aravind performed live surgery- Phacoemulsification – with Pantoptix IOL at Surgical Strike 360 degrees at Rajan Eye Care.

NABH Entry Level Certificate

Aravind – Theni

Aravind Eye Hospital, Theni successfully completed the Entry level NABH Certification. The new certificate is valid till February 2024.

Session by Carl Zeiss India

Aravind – Tirunelveli, April 1

The session was handled by personnel from Carl Zeiss – Mr. Raghu, National Training Head and Mr. Rathin. The team introduced two new lenses Myo Smart and MyoVision. Medical consultants, post graduates and staff of Paediatric Clinic and Refraction departments took part.

V-drill Workshop

Aravind – Madurai, April 9

The workshop was organised for the allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP) of operation theatre and a total of 35 sisters took part. Dr. Vinitha Rashme took a session on PCR management and instrumentation. Mr.Karthick from Phaco Development Team explained about the phaco machine.

Webinar - Conquering complex cataracts - The MSICS way

Aravind – Madurai, March 26

Cataract and IOL Services, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai organised the webinar for budding surgeons aspiring to perform complex cataract surgeries. The webinar was chaired by – Dr. Haripriya Aravind, Chief, Cataract and IOL Services, Aravind- Chennai and co-chaired by eminent cataract consultants – Dr. Sivakumar Chandrasekharan, Aravind-Tirunelveli , Dr. Madhu Shekhar, Aravind-Madurai and Dr. Ashok Vardhan, Aarvind-Tirupati. The sessions were moderated by Dr. Aruna Pai and Dr. Sankarananthan, cataract consultants, Aravind-Madurai. Eminent surgeons from Aravind Eye Care System shared their inputs on handling complex and advanced cataracts. A total of 212 participants from India and 20 overseas ophthalmologists took part in the webinar. The participants were awarded with 0.5 CME credit hours by the Tamil Nadu Medical Council.

Crèche Day

Aravind-Coimbatore, March 25

Smt.Janakiamma’s Memorial Day was observed as the Creche Day at Aravind-Coimbatore. The function started with Tamilthai Vazhthu. Children in the age group of 1- 13 years took part in the function. They sang songs, rhymes, danced and played an awareness drama on Corona. Dr. Sasikala Elizabeth, MLOP In-charge and paediatric ophthalmology consultant, Aravind-Coimbatore was the chief guest.

Opening of Janakiamma Child Care centre

Aravind – Tirupati, March 25

Aravind-Tirupati opened Janakiamma child care centre for the benefit of its lady staff. The centre was inaugurated by Mrs.Vanaja garu, a volunteer of Aravind.

Aurolab

Astra – Aurolab Sales Training Workshop

Aurolab, March 21 – 31

Aurolab regularly organises a training workshop named ASTRA  for its new joiners. The training intends to orient the new recruits on Aurolab, its products, marketing and sales. 20 sales executives took part in the session organised in March.

Differently-abled Children Visit Aurolab

April 1  

Differently-abled children from the M.S.Chellamuthu Trust visited Aurofarm and had a fruitful interaction with Dr. G. Natchiar, Dircetor Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System. Mrs.Rajkumari, Executive Director for Institute of Mental Health and Rehabilitation and Mr.Janardhan Babu Director of Programs, Chellamuthu Trust accompanied the children. From Aurolab Ms. Shalini and Ms. Firthouse  guided them on a tour of Aurofarm.

Visit to Gandhi Museum

April 27

Aurolab production staff who are undergoing  certificate course in Gandhian thought was taken on a trip to Gandhi Museum to know more about Gandhi and gain more knowledge about Gandhian values and ideals. About 80 took part in the trip.

Round Table Meeting

Domestic Marketing team conducted two round table meetings in association with the launch of Aurolab VIVID Continuous Focus Vision intraocular lens on 6th and 13th March at Bangalore. Eminent doctors shared their experiences of using the product.

LAICO

Visit to Christian Eye Hospital

Uttar Pradesh, March 21-27

Mr. Syed Ali, Faculty, LAICO and Mr. Mohammed Ghouse, Manager, Aravind-Tuticorin visited Christian Eye Hospital as part of the Leap collaborative series for implementing NABH standards for entry level certification. The purpose of the visit was to help the hospital in the online application of NABH entry level certification.

Extending support to Sitapur Eye Hospital

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, March 22- April 2

As a major step to enhance eye care in the state of Uttar Pradesh over the next five years, Aravind Eye Care System has partnered with Sitapur Eye Hospital Trust to make  Sitapur Eye Hospital (SEH) the major eye care provider of that region. This initiative aims to equip the SEH with the necessary systems and infrastructure in place to enable it to perform 50,000 surgeries by the end of 5 years and 100,000 by the year 2030. As part of this project, Dr. Jebinth Brayan, Aravind –Coimbatore was sent to Sitapur Eye Hospital to streamline the operation theatre processes and help achieve better efficiency.

Visit to Fernandez Foundation

Hyderabad, March 29-April 1

Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director, LAICO; Dr. Usha Kim, Director, AOP training; Ms. Sashipriya, Consultant, Mr. Suresh Kumar, LAICO Faculty and Ms. Ushalini, Manager, Quality Assurance made a visit to Fernandez Foundation to provide inputs to enhance the operations and strategic directions of the hospital.

Conference Attended

Talk at Erode District Ophthalmic Association Conference

Erode,  April 10

 Dr. Madhu Shekhar

  • Expanding patients’ horizon with new generation PCIOLs

Publications

  1. Ravindran RS, Balakrishnan H, Chakrabarti A. Darkness leading to diagnosis. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):727. View More
  2. Maheshwari D, Rao S, Pawar N, Kadar MA, Ramakrishnan R. Early outcomes of 21-gauge needle-guided ab interno tube sulcus placement of a non‑valved implant in pseudophakic eyes. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):1051-1053. View More
  3. Kader MA, Dabke SB, Shukla AG, Reddy V, Abdul Khadar SM, Maheshwari D, Ramakrishnan R. Pars plana Aurolab aqueous drainage implantation for refractory glaucoma: Outcome of a new modified technique. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):839-845. View More
  4. Kalita IR, Veena K, Mouttappa F, Sundaralakshmi P, Singh HV. Clinical profile and management of sixth nerve palsy in pediatric patients (0–15 years) in Southern India – A hospital‑based study. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):952-957. View More
  5. Mishra D, Gurnani B, Kaur K. Commentary: Telerehabilitation during COVID‑19 pandemic ‑ A boon for visually challenged. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):1031-1032. View More
  6. Gosalia H, Chandrakanth P, Verghese S, Narendran K, Narendran V. Anterior segment photography with intraocular lens (ASPI) – An innovative resident education tool. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):1060-1063. View More
  7. Aravind H, Rajendran A, Baskaran P, Lobo S, Vempati J, Anthony E. Acute central serous chorioretinopathy following subconjunctival triamcinolone acetonide injection in cataract surgery (less drop approach) ‑ A case series. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar;70(3):1066-1068. View More
  8. Shankar LG, Odayappan A, Shukla AG, C R V, Venkatesh R, Kavitha S. 1% Nepafenac Vs. 0.09% Bromfenac Eye Drops for Post Laser Peripheral Iridotomy Inflammation – A Randomised Controlled Trial. Ophthalmol Glaucoma. 2022 Feb 20:S2589-4196(22)00027-8. [Epub] View More
  9. Shekhar M, Menon P R, Rajendran J, Kannan NB, Das MR, Rajendrababu S, Balakrishnan L, Mishra C. Clinical features, management and outcomes of expulsive choroidal hemorrhage during cataract surgery: 13 years experience from a tertiary eye center. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2022 Feb 25. [Epub] View More
  10. Gurnani B, Kaur K, Gupta I. Sparkling Eye – A Rare Presentation in Cystinosis. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). 2022 Mar 2. [Epub] View More
  11. Babu N, Kumar J, Kohli P, Ahuja A, Shah P, Ramasamy K. Clinical Presentation and Management of Eyes with Globe Perforation during Peribulbar and Retrobulbar Anesthesia: A Retrospective Case Series. Korean J Ophthalmol. 2022;36(1):16-25. View More
  12. Huang P, Narendran S, Pereira F, Fukuda S, Nagasaka Y, Apicella I, Yerramothu P, Marion KM, Cai X, Sadda SR, Gelfand BD, Ambati J. The learning curve of murine subretinal injection among clinically trained ophthalmic surgeons. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2022;11(3):1. View More
  13. Puthuran GV, Wijesinghe HK, Jain M, Palmberg P. Management of a recurrent encapsulated bleb with a cost-effective non-valved glaucoma drainage device. BMJ Case Rep. 2022 Mar 14;15(3):e244553. View More
  14. Kulkarni P, Tanwar M, Kim U. Searching beyond nevi – A rare case of neurocutaneous ocular syndrome. Orbit. 2022 Mar 17:1-5. [Epub]. View More
  15. O’Brien KS, Byanju R, Kandel RP, Poudyal B, Gonzales JA, Porco TC, Whitcher JP, Srinivasan M, Upadhyay M, Lietman TM, Keenan JD; Village-Integrated Eye Worker Trial Group. Village-integrated eye workers for prevention of corneal ulcers in Nepal (VIEW study): a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 Apr;10(4):e501-e509. View More
  16. Chandratreya M, Venugopal A, Ghorpade A. Safety of collagen cross linking in advanced keratoconus in a patient with scleroderma. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2022 Mar 21. [Epub] View More
  17. Julius A, Renuka RR, Hopper W, Babu Raghu P, Rajendran S, Srinivasan S, Dharmalingam K, Alanazi AM, Arokiyaraj S, Prasath S. Inhibition of Aldose Reductase by Novel Phytocompounds: A Heuristic Approach to Treating Diabetic Retinopathy. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2022 Mar 21;2022:9624118. [Epub] View More

Training

Enrolments for March 2022

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Long Term Fellowship Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Anterior Segment & IOL Surgery Madurai 2
Coimbatore 1
Pondicherry 1
Chennai 1
Fellowship in Cornea Pondicherry 1
Madurai 2
Fellowship in Paediatric ophthalmology Madurai 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Retina Chennai 1
Pondicherry 1
Surgical paediatric Retina fellowship Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Theni 2
Short Term Training Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Short term fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty Madurai 1
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma Pondicherry 1
Phacoemulsification Pondicherry 1
Coimbatore 1
Small Incision Cataract Surgery Coimbatore 1
Tirunelveli 2
Pondicherry 1
Instrument maintenance for technicians
Online course on Ophthalmic instrument maintenance Madurai 11
Short Term Training Programmes – For Paramedicals
Ocularist Madurai 1

Statistics

Patient Statistics – March 2022

Hospitals
Total
Madurai
Tirunelveli
Theni
Coimbatore
Pondicherry
Tirupur
Dindigul
Salem
Tuticorin
Udumalpet
CbeCC
Chennai
Tirupati
Kovilpatti
Hospital Out-Patient Visits
Paying (New & Review) 267,151 61,397 32,571 9,295 34,755 30,837 5,514 7,872 12,862 6,217 4,817 4,626 36,562 15,276 4,550
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 97,600 25,071 8,523 3,092 11,976 11,411 2,067 4,861 1,428 2,689 12,121 13,589 772
Outreach Out Patient
Comprehensive Eye Camps 37,859 10,414 2,694 1,629 8,452 6,859 669 1,276 387 137 4400 942
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps 1,516 769 112 49 586
Refraction Camp 7,309 2,609 2,948 773 677 157 145
Mobile Refraction Unit 8,152 35 2,465 1,303 370 3,840
School Screening 6,401 174 3,807 2,594
RoP Screening 1,822 350 338 187 744 57 139 7
Vision Centres 74,166 25,187 15,700 6,326 5,336 14,239 1,339 2,623 1,916 1,500
Community / City Centres 18,235 10.042 2,738 2,388 3,067
Total OP Examinations 517,048 135,839 65,798 23,001 67,187 68,450 9,589 7,872 23,252 8,032 9,559 4,626 54,722 33,799 5,322
Total number of camps 145 35 18 10 30 22 3 5 2 2 13 5
Surgeries
Cataract 46,935 13,252 4,004 1,274 8,007 6,453 800 612 2,259 628 1,051 319 4,765 3,263 248
*Other Surgeries 21,788 6,571 2,518 431 3,885 3,103 107 128 511 80 92 132 2,844 1,333 53
Total Surgeries 68,723 19,823 6,522 1,705 11,892 9,556 907 740 2,770 708 1,143 451 7,609 4,596 301
*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures.