Editorial

Aravind Eye Hospital at Dindigul moved to a spacious facility situated on Thadicombu Road. Since it was found that a huge number of patients visiting Aravind-Madurai was from Dindigul and its surrounding places, Aravind opened a centre in Dindigul in a rented building more than a decade ago. The centre has seen a steady growth in patient volumes, year after year, creating acute space crunch. Anticipating this, a plot of land was purchased years ago and a spacious, well-designed hospital is now ready for providing better care and ambience to the patients and staff.

Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai in collaboration with Tamil Nadu State Blindness Control Society & National Health Mission, Govt of Tamil Nadu organised a series of workshops for the staff of eye departments across the government hospitals, in an effort to standardise the processes and systems for sterilisation and asepsis techniques.

Two new vision centres were opened, one by Aravind-Salem and another one by Aravind-Tirunelveli.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.

Accolades

Doctors’ Day Awards

Aravind – July 1
On the occasion of National Doctor’s Day, Dr Syed Mohideen Abdul Kadar, Chief, Retina & Vitreous Services, Aravind-Tirunelveli was honoured for his exemplary contribution, under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Yojana sheme. Mr. Vishnu, IAS District Collector, Tirunelveli presented the award to Dr. Syed.

IMA, Coimbatore & Coimbatore North Round Table honoured Dr. Rodney J Morris, Medical Consultant, Retina and Vitreous Services, and Dr. D. Chandrasekhar, Consultant, Aravind-Coimbatore for their distinguished services to the community.

Aravind-Tirunelveli
Aravind-Coimbatore
Aravind-Coimbatore

Aravind Events

Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna as Visiting Professor at Wills Eye Hospital

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1

Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna, Chief, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Services, Aravind-Madurai was appointed as Visiting Professor at Wills Eye Hospital. He delivered  lectures as part of the David Paton MD Lectureship in Academic Global Ophthalmology on the following topics:

  • Training initiatives: Opportunities and challenges
    Lessons learnt from the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Programme
  • Our work on Fungal keratitis
  • Vision Centres- The Aravind experience

Aravind Eye Hospital, Dindigul Moved to a New Facility

Aravind-Dindigul, July 24

Aravind Eye Hospital at Dindigul moved to a spacious facility situated on Thadicombu Road. The new building was inaugurated by Mr.P.S. Velusamy, Chairman, SSM Group, Dindigul in the presence of Prof. Dr.J. Kumar, Vice-chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University and the senior leadership team and staff of Aravind. The hospital is spread over 46,000 sq.ft and offers cataract services and diagnosis of speciality eye conditions.

Aravind Eye Hospital opened its centre in Dindigul in 2010 in a rented building. As the patient numbers kept growing over the years, space constraints became an issue.The growing number of patients necessitated this new spacious facility which has become a reality now.  The new building offers a pleasant ambience in a spacious environment with ample parking facility.

New Vision Centres

Aravind-Salem opened a new vision centre at Konganapuram on July 13. This is the eighth centre for the hospital and the 102nd for Aravind Eye Care System. The centre is sponsored by Seva-Standard Chartered Bank Seeing is Believing project. Ms. Sankari, Plant Head and Vice President – Operations, India Cements, Salem inaugurated the centre in the presence of eminent people in the community. A total of 125 patients were screened on the inaugural day.

Aravind’s 101st Vision Centre of the Aravind Eye Care System was inaugurated at Tisayanvillai on June 27. Aravind Eye Foundation sponsored the centre. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Advisor, Aravind-Tirunelveli opened the centre in presence of staff members and well-wishers of AECS. Prominent leaders of the community, Lions and Rotary club members, well-wishers and patrons of Aravind Eye Hospital were present at the inauguration. 81 patients were examined on the inaugural day.

Opening of Konganapuram centre
Opening of Konganapuram centre
Opening of Tisayanvillai centre
Opening of Tisayanvillai centre

Workshop on Sterilisation and Aseptic Techniques for Ophthalmic Operation Theatre

Aravind-Madurai, May – July 2022

Under the aegis of Tamil Nadu State Blindness Control Society & National Health Mission, Govt of Tamil Nadu, Aravind Eye Hospital – Madurai organised Workshops on Sterilisation and Aseptic Techniques for Ophthalmic Operation Theatre to enhance and standardize the process and systems for sterilization and asepsis techniques across the eye departments of the Tamil Nadu Government hospitals. These consisted of two parts: full-fledged, in-depth and hands-on workshops for the Tamil Nadu Government ophthalmic nurses and OT assistants; and a one day CME for the government ophthalmologists and district administrative officers.  A total of 65 nurses attended the workshops held in four batches during May-July 2022 and 41 Doctors attended the one day CME.

The 7 day workshop was a combination of didactic lectures, observation and hands-on training. All aspects of sterilization and aseptic practices and protocols followed in an ophthalmic operation theatre were covered. Participants were given ample opportunity and time for observation and clarification and in some instances, were given hands-on training as well.

Motivational Lecture

Aravind-Salem, July 6

Aravind-Salem organised a motivational lecture by Mrs. Chandrakala, Inspector of Police, Annathanapatti on the topic, Being bold and being safe at workplace.

Refresher Workshop for Vision Centre Staff

Aravind-Salem, June 12

Staff members of the seven vision centres of Aravind-Salem were brought together for a half day refresher workshop which was moderated by Dr.B. Manohar Babu and Mr.Mohammed Gowth, virtually. The VC teams worked on action plan for the next 6 months and presented it during the workshop.

Session on Small Pupil Management

Aravind-June 23

Dr. Madhu Shekhar, Chief, Cataract and IOL Services, Aravind-Madurai handled a session on small pupil management at the event hosted by PDTV channel. The session aimed to provide insights on the challenges in surgical management of small pupils, usage of various expansion devices etc.

A Month of Milestones at Aravind-Salem

May turned out to be a month of milestones for Aravind-Salem. On May 9, the hospital performed 240 surgeries, the highest so far for a day.   2,560 cataract surgeries were performed in May 2022, the highest so far for a month. During January to May 2022, the hospital has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries which is the highest for a period of five months. To celebrate these achievements and to acknowledge staff contribution, the hospital arranged a get-together for the staff members on June 10.

Inauguration of Myopia Clinic

Aravind-Coimbatore, June 27

A clinic dedicated to the care of myopia patients was opened at Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore in collaboration with Zeiss. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, it is the first-of-its-kind facility in Coimbatore and across all Aravind Eye Care System.

The new clinic was inaugurated by Dr.R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System. Mr.Wilson Thomas, Managing Director – Zeiss; Dr.Jayashree Ashwath, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist, Ayush Child Care Clinic – Coimbatore and Dr.Kezevino Aram, President, Shanthi Ashram, Coimbatore were present at the inauguration. A video on myopia was launched to build awareness on the various customised treatment options to slow down the rate of progression of myopia among paediatric patients.

Visit by Nursing Students

Aravind-Tirunelveli, June 28

A total of 44 final year B.sc Nursing students of St Luke’s College of Nursing, Nazareth visited Aravind-Tirunelveli in two batches for a three day observation and training.

Mission Day

Aravind-Madurai, July 7

July 7, the memorial day of Dr.V was observed as Mission Day across Aravind Eye Hospitals and Aurolab. The day also coincided with the birthday of Mr. G. Srinivasan, one of the founding members whom the organisation lost last year. Meditation was arranged in Nithyatha to commemorate the occasion. Special programmes and seniors reminiscing about Dr. V and Mr. GS were arranged and teleconferenced to all the centres.

Aurolab

National Sales Meet 2022

Aurolab, June 2024

Aurolab organised its annual national sales meet at Chennai which was attended by around 130 dealers. The meeting was a great opportunity for the team to learn about marketing mechanisms, professional ethics, overcoming challenges, innovations, opportunities, time management, etc. Members of the sales team were felicitated for their outstanding contributions in the past year.

LAICO

EYEXCEL 2022

July 18-22

After a gap of two years, LAICO conducted in-person EYEXCEL course for eye hospitals who want to become a training centre. The course aims to prepare eye hospital teams to deliver high-quality training on a regular basis for allied ophthalmic personnel. Experienced faculty from Aravind as well as international and national guest faculty handled the various sessions. 13 hospital teams took part.

Conference Attended

National Conference on Biotechnology and OMICS Sciences-2022

Alagappa University, Karaikudi, May 27-28

Prof. K. Dharmalingam delivered the keynote address titled, Genotype to phenotype: A bridge too far and inaugurated the meeting. Dr. C. Gowri Priya, Dr. A. Vanniarajan and Dr. D. Bharanidharan and Dr. J. Jeya Maheswari were invited as resource persons for the conference. Four students also participated and three of them presented their research work:

Dr. J. Jeya Maheswari: Proteomics in fungal keratitis research: A road map to personalized treatment (Invited Talk)

Dr. A.Vanniarajan: Omics to precision medicine in eye cancers (Invited Talk)

Ms. K. Saraswathi: Recurrent alterations of NF-kb pathway in Ocular Lymphoma (Oral Presentation)

Mr, R. Praveenkumar: Human corneal miRNAs and their role in Pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis (Poster Presentation)

Mr. Hanithraj: Development of an ultrasensitive CRISPR-based diagnostic platform for point-of-care diagnosis of fungal keratitis (Poster Presentation)

105th Oxford Ophthalmological Congress

Oxford, UK, July 4-6

Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla

                – Journey of Aravind Eye Hospital – some universal insights

Conference on Building Innovative Business Models to Improve Care for All

Hosted by SSM Health and Cambridge University – Judge Business School
July 11-13

Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla

                – Building innovative business models to improve care for all: Aravind model

IAPB - South East Asia Regional Meeting

Hyderabad, July 20 – 22

Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla participated in the IAPB South East Asia Regional Meeting held at Hyderabad.

Publications

  1. Mohan N, Chakrabarti A, Nazm N, Mehta R, Edward DP. Newer advances in medical management of glaucoma. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Jun;70(6):1920-1930. View More
  2. Kohli P, Mishra C. Commentary: Shifting our focus to diabetic retinopathy is the need of the hour. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Jun;70(6):1956. View More
  3. Vedachalam R, Yamini K, Venkatesh R, Kalpana N, Shivkumar C, Shekhar M, Haripriya A, Sathya R. Reasons for delay in cataract surgery in patients with advanced cataracts during the COVID‑pandemic. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Jun;70(6):2153-2157. View More
  4. Jayagayathri R, Mohanty P, Yadalla D, Bakthavatchalam J, Rangarajan V, Maneksha V, Tanwar M, Venkatesh R, Jayashree S. Knowledge, attitude, and practice toward mucormycosis among patients presenting to six tertiary eye care hospitals in South India – A multicentric online questionnaire‑based survey. Indian J Ophthalmol 2022;70:2158-2162. View More
  5. Kim U, Kulkarni P, Saini P. Commentary: Combating COVID‑19‑associated mucormycosis with limited resources. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Jun;70(6):2169. View More
  6. Babu N, Kohli P. Commentary: Use of phacofragmentome to remove thick organized blood clots. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2022 Jun;70(6):2186-2187. View More
  7. Kotnala A, Senthilkumari S, Wu G, Stewart TG, Curcio CA, Halder N, Singh SB, Kumar A, Velpandian T. Retinal Pigment Epithelium in Human Donor Eyes Contains Higher Levels of Bisretinoids Including A2E in Periphery than Macula. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2022 Jun 1;63(6):6. View More
  8. Buchan JC, Thiel CL, Steyn A, Somner J, Venkatesh R, Burton MJ, Ramke J. Addressing the environmental sustainability of eye health-care delivery: a scoping review. Lancet Planet Health. 2022;6:e524–34. View More

Training

Enrolments for June 2022

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Long Term Fellowship Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Anterior Segment & IOL Surgery Madurai 1
Tirunelveli 1
Chennai 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Chennai 1
Madurai 1
Fellowship in Glaucoma Chennai 1
Fellowship in Medical Retina Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Cornea Madurai 1
Coimbatore 2
Chennai 1
Pondicherry 1
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty Madurai 1
Fellowship in Paediatric ophthalmology Madurai 1
Fellowship in Retina Madurai 1
Chennai 1
Coimbatore 3
Short Term Training Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma Madurai 1
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders Coimbatore 1
Phacoemulsification Pondicherry 2
Madurai 1
Coimbatore 2
Small Incision Cataract Surgery Coimbatore 1
Tirunelveli 1
Madurai 1
Short Term Training Programs – For Paramedicals
Orientation to Paediatric Ocular Anesthesia for Anaesthetist  Madurai 3
Ocularist Madurai 1
Management Courses
Community Outreach and Social Marketing of Eye Care Services   LAICO 12
Instrument Maintenance – for Technicians
Instrument Maintenance – for Technicians LAICO 1

Statistics

Patient Statistics – June 2022

Hospitals
Total
Madurai
Tirunelveli
Theni
Coimbatore
Pondicherry
Tirupur
Dindigul
Salem
Tuticorin
Udumalpet
CbeCC
Chennai
Tirupati
Kovilpatti
Hospital Out-patient visits
Paying (New & Review)  257,077 61,332 31,011  9,693 36,085  29,482 5,064 5,701 12,626 5,570 4,735 4,007 33,254 15,765 2,752
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review)  104,442 27,522 9,186 3,219 11,769  12,726 2,237 4,931 1,718 2,397 11,738 15,925 1,074
Outreach Out-patients
Comprehensive Eye Camps 29,337 7,551 4,295 785 4,310 5,741 274 1,162 673 140 2,431 1,975
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps 1,196 692 149 274  81
Refraction Camp 6,146 983 1,631 668 363 668 159 1,674
Mobile Refraction Unit 1,768 1,396  372
School Screening 3,303  3,303  –
RoP Screening 2,009 361 379 234 776 85 155 19
Vision Centres  60,830 23,677 5,834 5,834 3,624 13,997 1,518  2,599 2,145 1,602
Community / City Centres  16,845  9,207 2,673 2,329 2,636
Total OP Examinations 482,953 131,325 55,009  22,911 61,900 65,416 9,093 5,701 21,849 7,961 9,417 4,007 50,854 33,684 3,826
Total number of camps 135 22 24  6  21  21  2 8 5 1 15 10
Surgeries
Cataract  44,226 12,060 4,444 1,208 6,141  5,817 766 629 2,461 648 1,012 220 4,485 4,029 306
*Other Surgeries 21,202 6,222 2,519 463 3,879 2,797 82 114 614 72 111 71 2,838 1,358 62
Total Surgeries  65,428 18,282 6,963 1,671 10,020 8,614 848 743 3,075 720 1,123 291 7,323 5,387 368
*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures.