Aravind prioritises the commemoration of important days to create awareness. In this regard, special days, such as World Diabetes Day, Children’s Day, World Keratoconus Day, etc., were observed through diverse events, creating a positive impact on everyone’s lives.

Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) and workshops on various ophthalmology-related topics were organised across all Aravind locations, fostering continuous learning.

Aravind serves as a hub for knowledge-sharing and value impartation, hosting guests from around the world. Recently, the Jagriti Yatra team of young entrepreneurs was hosted, marking the 16th time Aravind has had the privilege of receiving them, and sharing its best practices with them. This exemplifies Aravind’s service beyond medical care, demonstrating a commitment to holistic well-being and global knowledge exchange.

News about these events, which occurred between 15th October and 15th November, is featured in this edition.


Awards at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Dr. Haripriya Aravind, Chief, Cataract Services, Aravind-Chennai
Best paper award at the session on cataract
Title: Aravind pseudoexfoliation (APEX) study: Ten-year postoperative results

Dr. Siddharth, Medical Consultant, General Ophthalmology Services, Aravind-Coimbatore
Best paper award at the session on cornea
Title: Multi-centric evaluation of a CRISPR/Cas12a-based diagnostic platform for the diagnosis of fungal keratitis

Aravind Events

World Diabetes Day

14-19 November

Aravind centres commemorated World Diabetes Day with a series of events to sensitise the public about the importance of controlling diabetes and undergoing regular eye examinations to prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy. The wide range of programmes included exclusive diabetic retinopathy screening camps, awareness rallies, seminars, teleconsultation, awareness talks, exhibitions, distribution of pamphlets, slogan writing, poster creation, quiz contests, drawing, and speech competitions for MLOPs and school students. Notably, at Aravind-Theni, Google AI fundus cameras were donated to two private diabetic clinics in Theni district, namely Sakthi Clinic in Batalagundu and Nalam Hospital in Theni. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), officially inaugurated this initiative.

Aravind – Pondicherry

Children’s Day Celebration

Aravind, 14th November

Children’s Day was observed across all Aravind Centres with the aim of raising awareness and educating parents and caregivers about major childhood ocular illnesses. Informative posters on myopia, strabismus, childhood cataract, ROP, allergic conjunctivitis, and amblyopia were prominently displayed. Various events, including talks, exhibitions, quiz contests, and fun activities, as well as the distribution of gifts, were organised. These engaging activities attracted both kids and parents, enhancing their general awareness of common visual disabilities. They also served as a source of motivation for the staff, inspiring them to continue making a positive impact on children’s lives.

Aravind – Tirunelveli
Aravind – Tirunelveli
Aravind – Pondicherry
Aravind – Pondicherry

World Keratoconus Day

Aravind-Pondicherry, 9th November

On the occasion of World Keratoconus Day, a screening camp for children with Down’s syndrome was arranged at the cornea clinic, Aravind-Pondicherry. Fifty-one children from Sathya Special School underwent examinations by cornea specialists. Since this condition is found to be common in children with Down’s syndrome, the primary goal of this camp was to screen these children for keratoconus, aiming for early diagnosis and treatment. The comprehensive ocular examination included a dilated fundus examination.  Retina specialists were also involved in assessing high myopia. In addition to keratoconus, several children were diagnosed with posterior subcapsular cataract, blue dot cataract, and high myopia, for which appropriate management was initiated.

Research Methodology Workshop

Aravind-Pondicherry, 7th November

Aravind-Pondicherry conducted a basic “Research Methodology Workshop” for the newly joined residents. This workshop was organised by Dr. S. Kavitha, Head, Projects, Aravind-Pondicherry. Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Pondicherry, welcomed the gathering, and stressed the importance of knowing the basic nuances of research to build up a research career in the future. The workshop provided a comprehensive overview of research principles, guiding the participants from the formulation of a research idea to the development of a solid study protocol, utilising various research tools. There were four internal faculty from Aravind-Pondicherry, including Dr. S. Kavitha, Chief, Glaucoma Services, Dr. R. Jayagayathri, Chief, Orbit, Oculoplasty & Ocular Oncology Services, Dr. Josephine Christy S., Chief, Cornea & Refractive Surgery Services, and Dr. Annamalai O., Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Services. Dr. Subitha L., Additional Professor and Associate Dean of Research at JIPMER, Pondicherry, along with Dr. R. Kumaragurupari, Chief Librarian, Aravind-Madurai, and Iswarya, Senior Biostatistician, Aravind-Madurai, served as external faculty, imparting invaluable knowledge to the aspiring young researchers. The session featured hands-on experience on Zotero, a citation manager by Dr. Subitha and her team, and literature review techniques by Dr. R. Kumaragurupari. The participants’ comprehension was assessed through an engaging Kahoot quiz at the end of the session.There were 60 participants from both in-house and other medical colleges.

Diagnostic Skill Transfer Course

Aravind-Pondicherry, 5th November

Aravind-Pondicherry hosted the Diagnostic Skill Transfer Course, an annual postgraduate teaching meet, with a focus on imparting practical aspects of various ophthalmic investigations through live demonstrations and small group/one-on-one interaction activities. Participants were taught to interpret all essential ophthalmic investigations, aided by live demonstrations at multiple stations. Therefore, the course proved to be a dynamic and engaging learning experience, concluding with an energetic Kahoot quiz and prize distribution. Several postgraduates from various medical colleges attended the course.

CME on “Basics of Glaucoma”

Aravind-Theni, 5th  November

A CME on “Basics of Glaucoma” under the guidance of the Glaucoma India Education Program (GIEP) was organised by Aravind-Theni with the aim to help postgraduates understand the fundamentals of glaucoma. The chief guest, Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, delivered an inspiring talk. Dr. Dipankar Datta, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Theni, spoke on glaucoma management in daily practice. Dr. Sirish, Senior Ophthalmologist, Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre, Madurai, and Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Senior Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Services, Aravind-Madurai, handled various sessions. Postgraduate students and fellows actively participated in the question-and-answer session. A total of 62 participants took part.

CME on “Paediatric Ocular Health: Fostering Mutual Understanding”

Aravind-Tirunelveli, 5th November

Organised by Aravind-Tirunelveli, the CME aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the two pillars of children’s eye health: Paediatrics and Ophthalmology. Experts in the fields, including paediatricians and a child psychiatrist from Krishna Hospital, Palayamkottai, and Ophthalmologists from Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli presented on the recent developments in child care. A total of 96 participated, including paediatricians, medical consultants, child psychiatrist, postgraduates and fellows from Aravind Centres and Tirunelveli Medical College.

Simulator-based Training in Manual Small-Incision Cataract Surgery

Aravind-Madurai, 4-5 November 2023

Cataract Services, Aravind-Madurai, organised the workshop, featuring classroom lectures, complex case-handling video sessions, and hands-on practice in the simulator. A total of 31 participants from various medical colleges benefited from this workshop. Sessions were moderated by faculty from the Cataract clinic, and HelpMeSee.

CME on Pharmacy

Aravind-Madurai, 1-2 November

Aravind-Madurai organised it’s first-ever CME on Pharmacy, covering a wide variety of topics such as the importance of uvea medications, neuro medications, glaucoma medications, and the classification of ophthalmic drugs. These sessions were handled by doctors, including, Dr. R. Vedhanayagi, Medical Consultant, Uvea Services, Dr. K.N. Jeyasri, Medical Consultant, Neuro Ophthalmology Services, Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Senior Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Service, from Aravind-Madurai and Dr. Venkateshwaran from Aurolab. Dr. Usha Kim, Chief, Orbit and Oculoplasty Services, Aravind-Madurai, delivered a special address on general awareness. Additionally, Mr. Nan Narayan spoke on Effective communication with patients, and Sr. Jansirani, Supervisor, Annai Medicals, spoke on Reorder level and dispensing error. There was also a quiz contest on pharmacy medications. A total of 40 members attended this CME from all Aravind centres.

Jagriti Yatra 2023

Aravind-Madurai, 31st October

The Jagriti Yatra team came to visit Aravind-Madurai for the sixteenth time. The Yatra team comprises young entrepreneurs visiting nodal institutions across India to gain exposure, learn the best practices, and explore the relevance of replicating them in their industry. A total of 480 members, including the 70 delegates who had attended the G20 conference from 19 countries, joined the trip. Dr. Usha Kim welcomed the gathering, and Suresh, Senior Faculty, presented an overview of Aravind. Dr. Aravind S., CMO, Aravind-Chennai, delivered a talk on “Life with a purpose.” Additionally, there was a question and answer session with the participants. The programme also included visits to the hospital, Vision Centres, and Aurolab. Furthermore, a workshop on Replicating the Aravind model was conducted.

Sponsors’ Day

Aravind-Madurai, 28th October

Aravind-Madurai organised the Sponsors’ Day to recognise the camp sponsors’ selfless services. A total of 347 sponsors attended. Dr. R. Kim, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Madurai welcomed the sponsors. R. Meenakshi Sundaram, Senior Manager, Clinical Services and Camp, Aravind-Madurai, explained the purpose of the celebration, and Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS, elucidated the organisation’s mission, growth, and service volume. Dr. G. Natchiar, Director Emeritus, AECS, emphasised the value of the sponsors’ contributions to community development. Smt. Chitra Ganapathy, a multifaceted architect and Tamil orator, delivered a special address on Tamil Mannum Kodaiyum, which greatly inspired and motivated the sponsors. Dr. Usha Kim hosted the entire programme and conducted a quiz contest to create awareness about eye problems. Over 100 sponsors who have been conducting eye camps for 10 years or more received certificates of appreciation. Some sponsors shared their experiences and feedback. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Lalitha Prajna, Chief Microbiologist, Aravind-Madurai. Notably, during the programme, the MLOPs and sponsors collectively performed an exhibit detailing eye care awareness.

OrthopTricks CME

Aravind-Tirupati, 29th October

A CME on orthoptics was conducted by Aravind-Tirupati. Dr. P. Vijayalakshmi, Senior Medical Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Aravind-Madurai, the chief guest of the programme, delivered an interesting talk on the History of Orthoptics. The resource persons of the programme, Arnab Banerjee, Senior Optometrist, Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata, and faculty from the paediatric ophthalmology department across Aravind, handled various sessions covering the basics of binocular single vision to a glimpse of all the new technological advances. Other highlights of the programme included a quiz contest that exhibited various evaluation methods and exercises related to vergence and accommodation, a rangoli, a unique photo booth, and handmade name boards for faculty, which added significance to the event. A total of 17 Aravind publication books have been sold through the bookstall. The event was attended by a total of 70 participants, including 40 delegates, postgraduates, and MLOPs from across Aravind, as well as a few external participants.

Hospital Day

Aravind-Chennai, 28th October

On the 6th Hospital day of Aravind-Chennai, Dr. Aravind S., CMO, Aravind-Chennai, & Director Projects, AECS, welcomed the gathering. Dr. Seema, Medical Consultant, Cornea and Refractive Services, presented the annual report for the year 2022–2023. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy addressed the gathering with his kind and motivating words. A special address was given by Dr. G. Natchiar. The chief guest of the event, Dr. Sridhar, Consultant, Critical Care, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai addressed the gathering. During the occasion, service awards were given to staff for completing 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, and 20 years of service at Aravind. Dr. Jayashree, Chief, Orbit and Oculoplasty Services, delivered the vote of thanks. The programme featured a cultural evening by MLOPs on the theme of “Six Senses”.

Fresher’s Day

Aravind-Tirunelveli, 23rd October

At the Fresher’s Day organised to welcome the newly joined MLOPs, Dr. G. Natchiar, the chief guest of the event, Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Dr. Meenakshi, CMO, Aravind-Tirunelveli, and Dr. Padmavathy, Regional HR Director, Aravind-Tirunelveli, delivered inspiring talks and congratulated everyone. There were cultural performances by the newly joined trainees.


Stalls at various conferences

Aurolab, 27-29 October

The Aurolab team participated in various conferences and showcased their products. The names of the conferences are listed below:

  • 42nd Annual Conference, KOSCON 2023, at Bangalore, organised by the Karnataka Ophthalmic Society
  • 45th Annual Conference, ROSCON 2023, at Jodhpur, organised by the Rajasthan Ophthalmological Society
  • 46th Annual Conference, NAYAN KUMBH 2023, at Ujjain, organised by the Madhya Pradesh State Ophthalmic Society
  • 43rd Annual Conference, MOSCON 2023, at Kolhapur, organised by the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society
  • 19th Annual Conference, UTTAR EYECON 2023, at Ramnagar, organised by the Uttarakhand State Ophthalmological Society

Hawk-I Roadshow Campaign

Aurolab, 16-21 October

Aurolab organised a road show to promote its products across Karnataka, raising awareness of the product’s quality.

The team reached six hospitals in Karnataka, including Prabha Eye Clinic, Bangalore West Lions Hospital, Sankara Netralaya Hospital, Minto Hospital, Sri Sai Eye Hospital, and Karthick Netralaya, in six days. Through this campaign, the team provided complete information about Aurolab’s products and the opportunity to experience them.


Needs Assessment Visit

UP/Gujarat, 24th October to 3rd November

As part of the LEAP series aimed at enhancing cataract surgery outcomes, a team from Aravind, including Sashi Priya, Consultants, Dr. Aditi Ghosh, Medical Consultant, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services, Aravind-Tirunelveli, and Dr. Aruna Pai, Medical Consultant, Intraocular Lens & Cataract Services, Aravind-Madurai, conducted needs assessment visits to Sitapur Eye Hospital, Sitapur, UP, from 24th to 28th October, and Teja Eye Hospital, Mandvi, Gujarat, from 31st October to 3rd November. The objective of the visit was to evaluate the current performance and quality of the hospitals, identify areas for improvement, propose remedial measures, and provide guidance for the hospitals to evolve into centres of excellence.

Conference Attended

Trivandrum Ophthalmic Club

8th November

Dr. Usha Kim, Chief, Orbit and Oculoplasty, Aravind-Madurai
– Beyond the eyes: Way to go

127th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

San Francisco, 3-6 November

Thulasiraj Ravilla, Executive Director, LAICO

  • Scaling retina, glaucoma, paediatric eye services: Lessons from cataract and refractive error
  • Green ophthalmology, our sustainability mandate
  • Cataract and refractive error: Achieving 2030 goals for quality and volume (Co-moderator)

Dr. Sharmila, Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Service, Aravind-Madurai

  • Outcomes of pupillary block glaucoma after vitreous retinal surgery (E poster presentation)
  • Surgical management in short eyes with videos on sclerostomy and benefits of the surgery (Co-contributor of a course on short eyes)

Dr. Indira Durai, Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Service, Aravind-Madurai

  • Comparison of IOP reduction and systemic effects of conventional vs. 10-μL 0.5% TM eyedrops (Paper presentation)

Dr.  Neelam Pawar, Medical Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology Service, Aravind-Tirunelveli

  • Wet lab MSICS (Instructor)

Dr. Annamalai O., Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Service, Aravind-Pondicherry

  • Comparison of IOP reduction and systemic effects of conventional vs. 10-μL 0.5% TM eyedrops (Paper presentation – Co-author)
  • MSICS wet lab session organised by Dr. Avni Shah (Participant)

Dr. Siddharth, Medical Consultant, General Ophthalmology Services, Aravind-Coimbatore

  • Multi-centric evaluation of a CRISPR/Cas12a-based diagnostic platform for the diagnosis of fungal keratitis (Best paper award at the session on Cornea )
  • Comparative evaluation of a novel CRISPR/Cas12a-based diagnostic tool, culture, PCR, and next-generation sequencing for the diagnosis of fungal endophthalmitis (Poster presentation in retina)

Dr. Haripriya, Chief, Cataract Services, Aravind-Chennai

  • Aravind pseudoexfoliation (APEX) study: Ten-year postoperative results (Best paper at the cataract session)
  • From soil to sight: An inconceivable invasion (Video presentation)
  • MSICS in challenging cases (Course Co-Instructor)
  • Cataract spotlight symposium (Panelist)
  • HelpMeSee simulator exhibit – Simulation in cataract surgery (Panelist)

Dr. Ganesh Venkataraman, Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Service, Aravind – Coimbatore

  • Elusive glaucoma: Strategies for busy eye programmes, (Speaker)
  • Limbus-based conjunctival flap with patchless technique of AADI implantation: A retrospective comparative study (Scientific poster presentation – Senior author)
  • The first study on fixed-dose combination of Timolol + Brimonidine + Brinzolamide eye drops for OAG/Ocular hypertension (Poster presentation: Dr. Ganesh – Co-author and Dr. Manjula S. – Senior author)

19th International Conference of TSI and 27th ISfTeH International Conference

Goa, 3–4 November 2023

Dr. R. Kim, Director, IT, AECS, & CMO, Aravind-Madurai, was elected as the president of the Telemedicine Society of India (TSI) for the year 2023-2024.

Dr. Usha Kim, Head, Vision Centres

  • Tech-enabled vision centres and their role in achieving universal eye health

Visit to USA

USA, 23 October 2023 – 10 November 2023

Dr. R. Sharmila visited Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts and engaged in discussions with Dr. David Friedman, Director, Glaucoma Service, and Dr. Nazlee Zebardast, Medical Director. The discussions focused on collaboration activities and a manuscript review of her work on Assessing the surgical outcomes of resurgeries among 1150 primary glaucoma surgeries. Dr. Freedman and his team responded positively, expressing their intent to submit the manuscript to Ophthalmology Glaucoma. Additionally, Dr. Sharmila spent a day in the clinic with Dr. Teresa C. Chen, the key planner for the AAO Glaucoma Subspecialty Day sessions.
She also met with Dr. Sam Reiter, Director, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and Dr. Kevin, Chair, CPMC. And, in the following day, she delivered a grand rounds lecture on Tips & tricks to safe surgery in short eyes, attended by faculty and residents at Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center. Her talk prompted a special appreciation email from the chair of CPMC to Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS. After the lecture, Dr. Sharmila delivered a resident lecture on Video bouquet of interesting cataract cases. She shared three interesting cases of post-operative hypotony management, followed by Trab and tube surgeries with videos. She also discussed managing microspherophakia with a quadruple procedure.
Further, she met Prof. David Chang and spent a day observing him in the operating room, gaining insights into newer aspects of cataract surgery such as intraoperative aberrometry-guided precise calculations, changing IOL power implantation, irrigating cystotomes for capsulotomy, optimising the rhexis size based on the IOL position by redesigning the rhexis after IOL placement, and the use of NSAID & steroid combo alone for post-op regimen. She also learned about Light Adjustable lenses (LAL), which are monofocal lenses treated by UV light post-operatively to correct near vision, avoiding glare.
Additionally, she visited Glaucoma Associates of Texas to observe Dr. Davinder Grover and learn about Minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS). This offered fruitful experience with different MIGS procedures, like hydrus, I stent, omni, KDB, ab interno bleb needling, GATT, and newer devices like I Star Miniject.


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Enrolments for November 2023

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Long Term Fellowship Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery Coimbatore 1
Tirunelveli 1
Fellowship in Cornea Madurai 1
Fellowship in Medical Retina Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty Madurai 2
Short Term Training Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
 Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma Madurai 1
Coimbatore 1
HelpMeSee Simulation-based Training in MSICS Madurai 1
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders Coimbatore 1
Phacoemulsification Tirunelveli 2
Coimbatore 2
Pondicherry 1
Madurai 2
Small Incision Cataract Surgery Tirunelveli 1
Coimbatore 2
Pondicherry 1
Madurai 1
Short Term Training Program – For Paramedicals
Certificate Course on Vision Technicians Madurai 4
Management Courses
Project Management for Eye Care (Online training) LAICO 15
Community Outreach Courses
Community Outreach and Social Marketing of Eye Care Service LAICO 11


Patient Statistics – October 2023

Hospital Out-patient visits
Paying (New & Review)  2,50,806  55,705  30,493  8,639  34,122  26,379  4,748  8,561  11,885  5,165  4,938  4,586  37,330  15,422  2,833
Free: Direct walk-in (New & Review)  93,198  21,550  7,973  2,644  12,210  10,166  2,128  1,694  4,757  1,331  2,324  10,693  14,978  750
Outreach Out-patients
Comprehensive Eye Camps  37,371  9,507  5,374  1,801  5,950  5,195  919  1,156  896 294  4,475  1,804  –
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps  1,715  672 7  615  421  –  –
Glaucoma Camps  –  –  –  –  –  –
Refraction Camp  3,210  278 78  – 488 510  101 1,320  – 435
Mobile Refraction Unit  375  –  375
School Screening  14,093 1,312 755  484 7,600 1,957 1,746 239
Paediatric Eye screening camps 1,184  – 1,184
RoP Screening 1,793  182 307 230 832  61 164 17
Vision Centres  84,553  27,364  14,549  6,880  6,396  17,276  2,006  4,935  2,426  2,721
Community / City Centres  17,977  9,174  2,670  2,583  3,042  433
Total OP Examinations 5,05,767  1,25,744  62,199  23,268  68,213  66,191  9,902  10,255  26,174  7,392  9,982  4,586 56,565  32,221  3,583
Total number of camps  195 42 29 10 34 24  6 7 6 3 21 13
Cataract  35,304  8,226  3,721  1,036  4,729  4,771 598 761  1,930  528  898  231  4,437  3,229 209
*Other Surgeries  22,132  6,053  3,073  372  4,305  2,695  79  144 731 75 59  155  3,092  1,249 50
Total Surgeries 57,436 14,279 6,794 1,408 9,034 7,466 677 905 2,661 603 957 386 7,529 4,478 259
*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures.