Editorial

Recently, a Stanford University study published the names of researchers who are in the top 2% in their field. Aravind is proud to note that one of its founders, Dr.M. Srinivasan was included in the list in the Ophthalmology category.

The annual conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association was held virtually owing to COVID-19 restrictions. Doctors from various Aravind centres bagged awards in various competitions held as part of the conference.

Though the pandemic has shaken our lives and changed most of our routines, Aravind continued its philanthropic activities. As part of residents social responsibility programme, residents at Aravind-Madurai distributed essential items to the most needy people in the community.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.

Accolades

Special mention – FICCI Annual Healthcare Excellence Awards

Aravind-Pondicherry, October 24

Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry won special mention at the under the Category, Excellence in Telemedicine / Digital Health at the annual FICCI Healthcare Excellence Awards.

Awards at the Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association

November

At the annual conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association held virtually, the following doctors won awards:

Dr. Pavitra R

Winner – Oral presentation, Category – (Cataract/Cornea/Comprehensive Ophthalmology)

Dr. Deepa Chitra D

Runner-up, Oral presentation, Category – Paediatric Ophthalmology

Dr. Priyanka S

Winner – Eposter, Category – Uvea

Dr. Sreeramyaa P

Runner up – Eposter, Category – Comprehensive ophthalmology

Dr. Sangavi Samirtha Selvi

Runner up – Eposter, Category – Vitreoretinal diseases

Dr. Saranya Settu, Aravind-Chennai

Best paper Award, Category – Paediatric Ophthalmology and Squint

Dr. M. Srinivasan Named in the Top 2% Scientists

Aravind Events

Boomi Pooja

Aravind-Tirunelveli, October 16

Aravind-Tirunelveli is undergoing significant changes in terms of expansion of physical buildings. Construction of the new outpatient building is underway. Boomipooja, the ceremony to invoke blessings of the Almighty for a smooth and hassle-free was performed by an experienced priest. Staying true to the principle of go green, extreme care and efforts were taken to preserve and relocate the trees that came in the way of expansion, to an appropriate place.

Relocation of Patthamadai Vision Centre

Aravind-Tirunelveli, October 26

Vision centre at Pathamadai was shifted to Cheranmahadevi and the new centre was inaugurated by Ms Saradha Ramakrishnanin presence of Dr R Ramakrishnan, Advisor and Dr R Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-TirunelveliThe centre examined 51 patients on the inaugural day.

Relocation of Community eye clinic

Cumbum

Aravind Community Eye Centre at Cumbum was relocated to a spacious building in the same premises.

Residents Social Responsibility

Residents Social Responsibility programme at Aravind-Madurai remains active even in the era of Corona pandemic. The execution has been modified due to the circumstances, but the spirit continues. Two months back, the RSR programme supported the Annavaasal programme conducted by Mr.S.Venkatesan, Madurai MP.  He was impressed and came Aravind to personally thank and congratulate the PGs. Continuing with this, RSR programme has done two activities this month to celebrate Deepavali. In collaboration with an NGO partner, Enlight, with whom Aravind has been working for the past 5 years bedsheets were provided to destitute living by the road side. For the third consecutive year, Diwali dresses were distributed to the HIV infected orphans in Anbagam Home, Dindigul.

Inauguration of new operation theatre

Aravind-Theni, October 24

Aravind-Theni opened an additional operating room for cataract to meet the growing demands. Special prayers were performed on the Ayuthapooja day, one of the auspicious days in the Navratri season.

LAICO

October Summit –Online Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop

LAICO, October 29-30

The workshop was arranged for the trainers of allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP). It discussed good teaching practices and explored solutions for common challenges faced by AOP trainers. Over 100 participants attended each day’s sessions.

Publications

October 2020

  1. Maheswaran M, Dheera MS, Kumar M, Kowsalya A. Pediatric Papilledema at a Tertiary Care Ophthalmological Center. Indian Pediatr. 2020 Oct 15;57(10):966-967. View more
  1. Ranjan R, Jain AM, Verghese S, Manayath GJ, Narendran V. Multimodal imaging of pigmented paravenous retinochoroidal atrophy. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2020 Oct 23. [Epub] View more
  1. Kannan NB, Sen S, Reddy H, Kumar K, Rajan RP, Ramasamy K. Preoperative COVID‑19 testing for elective vitreoretinal surgeries: Experience from a major tertiary care institute in South India. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2373-2377. View more
  1. Radhakrishnan N, Prajna NV. Commentary: Eye banking during COVID-19 pandemic. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2372. View more
  1. Krishnadas R. Commentary: Contact lens sensor-measured circadian intraocular pressure and glaucoma progression. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2333-2334. View more
  1. Christy JS, Kaur K, Gurnani B, Hess OM, Narendran K, Venugopal A, Anuja J, Divya M, Ramalakshmi R, Venkatesh R. Knowledge, attitude and practice toward COVID-19 among patients presenting to five tertiary eye care hospitals in South India – A multicentre questionnaire-based survey. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2385-2390. View more
  1. Kaur K, Gurnani B, Jezeela K, Veena K. Ruptured unilateral anterior lenticonus with congenital hypertrophy of retinal pigment epithelium: A rare association. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2496-2497. View more
  1. Gurnani B, Kaur K. Rare traumatic anterior dislocation of capsular tension ring‑intraocular lens complex in-toto. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2529. View more
  1. Fathima A, Ravindran M, Pawar N, Maharajan P, Renagappa R. Acute comitantesotropia in a very young child due to combined mechanism: A case report. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2610-2612. View more
  1. Thilagar SP, Venkataraman P, Chandran P. Idiopathic spontaneous filtering bleb: Is there an autoimmune etiology? Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2494-2495. View more
  1. Chandran P, Arora E, Sahu A. Radial ciliary vessel in the angle of anterior chamber. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2525. View more
  1. Khadia A, Nachiappan S, Kalita IR, Singh HV, Vedachalam R, Venkatesh R. Safe Slit-lamp Shield: Maintaining a balance between ergonomics and safety. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov;68(11):2486-2489. View more
  1. Khanna RC, Thulasiraj Obituary – Dr Ramachandra Pararajasegaram. Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2020 Oct 27. [Epub] View more
  1. Kannan NB, Manjunatha M, Kumar J, Adenuga O, Ramasamy K. Bullous central serous chorioretinopathy associated with retinal pigment epithelial tear. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2020 Jul-Sep;27(3):195-197.  View more
  1. Kumar J, Adenuga OO, Singh K, Ahuja AA, Kannan NB, Ramasamy K. Clinical characteristics of morning glory disc anomaly in South India. Taiwan J Ophthalmol. 2020 Oct 19. [Epub] View more
  1. Verghese S, Manayath GJ, Kumarswamy KA. The Foveal Splitter. J Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2020;11(5):1-2. View more
  1. Maheshwari D, Rao S, Pawar N, Kadar MA, Ramakrishnan R. An Infectious Cause of Congenital Pupillary-iris-lens Membrane with Secondary Angle Closure Glaucoma in an Infant. J Glaucoma. 2020 Oct 29. [Epub] View more
  1. Christy JS, Balraj A, Agarwal A. A rare case of Colletotrichum truncatum keratitis in a young boy with complete healing after medical treatment. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2020 Jul-Sep;38(3):475-477. View more
  1. Baskaran P, Madhanagopalan V G, Ramakrishnan S. A modified air-assisted silicone oil removal from the anterior chamber. Oman J Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep-Oct;13(3):173-175. View more
  1. Vivekanandan VR, Nachiappan S, Odayappan A, Venkatesh R, Chang DF. Piggyback miLOOP-assisted phacoemulsification combined with intraocular lens scaffold in hypermature cataracts. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2020 Nov 2. [Epub]  View more
  1. Sankarananthan R, Prasad RS, Dheera MS, Shekhar M, Sen S, Janani R.Retrospective analysis of visual outcomes in retropupillary iris-suture-fixated rigid intraocular lens in a tertiary eye center in southern India. Int Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov 11. [Epub]  View more
  1. Parab A, Sivakumar P. A Rare Case of Pulseless Retinopathy. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov 1;138(11):e201404. View more
  1. Arthi M, Mohan R, Gondhale HP. Tangled Vasculature in the Eye of a Young Girl. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov 1;138(11):e202045. View more
  1. Muddana SK, Hess OM, Sundar S, Venkatesh R. Preoperative and perioperative music to reduce anxiety during first-time phacoemulsification cataract surgery in the high-volume setting: randomized controlled trial. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2020 Nov 12. [Epub] View more
  1. Sen S, Rajan RP, Damodaran S, Arumugam KK, Kannan NB, Ramasamy K. Real-world outcomes of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor monotherapy in proliferative type 2 macular telangiectasia. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2020 Nov 17. [Epub] View more
  1. Jeslin J, Seetharaman C, Shah VM. Optic Neuritis during Lactation: A Case Series. J Hum Lact. 2020 Nov 17. [Epub] View more
  1. Rammohan R, Hajib Naraharirao M, Veerappan S, Vijayaraghavan P, Rajaraman R, Manayath GJ, Dsouza P, Radhakrishnan S, Venkatapathy N, Lakshmipathi D, Madhuravasal Krishnan J, Raghavan A. Cluster Postoperative Endophthalmitis Caused by Acanthamoeba T10 Genotype-A First Report. Cornea. 2020 Nov 16. [Epub] View more

Statistics

Patient Monthly Statistics

October – 2020

Hospitals
Madurai
Tirunelveli
Theni
Coimbatore
Pondicherry
Tirupur
Dindigul
Salem
Tuticorin
Udumalpet
CbeCC
Chennai
Tirupati
Kovilpatti
Total
HOSPITAL OUT-PATIENT VISITS
Paying (New & Review) 43,191 25,288 7,591 18,021 19,275 4,611 6,466 9,870 4,136 4,004 2,979 17,547 8,679 2,547 174,205
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 14,102 6,647 1,789 6,924 8,244 1,385 1,491 88 1,941 5,126 3,712 335 51,784
OUTREACH OUT PATIENT
Refraction Camps 190 190
RoP 165 154 177 127 623
Vision Centres 21,273 13,155 5,343 4,108 9,139 1,081 422 1,414 55,935
Community Centres / City Centres 7,943 2,403 1,572 2,258 14,176
Total OP Examinations 86,864 47,647 16,472 29,053 38,916 7,077 6,466 11,783 4,224 7,359 2,979 22,800 12,391 2,882 296,913
SURGERIES
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 3,023 1,577 513 980 1,430 299 352 663 304 296 144 1,135 418 122 11,256
Free (Direct) 2,869 1,266 330 1,051 1,328 176 155 346 64 435 709 581 67 9,377
Total Cataract Surgeries 5,892 2,843 843 2,031 2,758 475 507 1,009 368 731 144 1,844 999 189 20,633

Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, Aravind has suspended all its outreach eye camps