“Go Green” has been the buzz word these days. Aravind Eye Hospitals have been taking conscious efforts in doing their part to reduce harm to the environment in whatever ways possible. Of late, almost all the programmes organised at Aravind followed this theme and the latest one, is the Retina 4 U CME held at Aravind-Pondicherry. Extreme care was taken to ensure that the CME did not leave any waste harmful to the environment.

Retreats are organized at Aravind, mostly department-wise that gives an opportunity to analyse performance and to develop a roadmap for future. Recently, HR personnel including nursing superintendents and MLOP In-charge doctors across the Aravind centres wer brought together for a retreat that aimed to redefine the MLOP selection process and recruitment.

Aravind Eye hospital, the first secondary centre of Aravind has completed 33 years of its exceptional service in bringing eye care to the needy. The function organized to commemorate this occasion was attended by the senior leaders of Aravind and prominent persons from the community.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.


Awards at Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association

Salem  August 9-11

Aravind doctors came out in flying colours at the Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmic Association held at Salem.

  • Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Advisor, Aravind-Tirunelveli was elected as Vice President – TNOA.
  • Dr. N. Venkatesh Prajna, Director Academics -AECS was bestowed with the Dr. J. Agarwal Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Dr. Kalpana Narendran, Senior Medical Officer, Aravind-Coimbatore was bestowed with Dr. S.S Badrinath SOA SN Alumni Medal.
  • Madurai Warriors team consisting of – Dr. Usha Kim, Dr. Preethika Gandhi, Dr. Aswin and Dr. Pranesh – won the Ophthalmic Premier League.
  • Dr. S. Kavitha, Medical Consultant, Glaucoma Services, Aravind-Pondicherry won Best Paper Award in Glaucoma
  • Cornea consultants, Dr. N. Shivananda (Aravind-Pondicherry) and DR. R. Seema (Aravind-Chennai)  won Best Paper Award in Cornea
  • Dr. M.G. Pavan Kumar, Glaucoma Consultant, Aravind-Pondicherry won Best Paper in Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Dr. Vedhanayaki, Uvea Consultant, Aravind-Madurai received Best Paper Award in Uvea session
  • Dr. Pranesh, Aravind-Madurai – Best presentation in One case One pearl Session.
  • Dr. Arun & Dr. Rishabh Desai, DNB Residents – First prize in the ET Selvam Quiz Competition

Special Honour for Dr. P. Namperumalsamy at iBeach Film Festival

Goa  August 30-September 1

Dr. P. Namperumalsamy was honoured for his commendable contribution to Indian ophthalmology at iBeach Film Festival, the first of its kind ophthalmic meeting conducted by Prasad Netralaya, Udupi .


Tour for Production Staff & Cleaners

Aurolab  August 4&5, 11&12, 18

Sanitary staff and the staff of Production department were taken on a tour to Papanasam, Coutrallam and Srivilliputhur temple in different batches.

Conferences attended

TEDx Napier Talk

Chennai  August 11

Dr. Kim, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai delivered TED talk on the topic AI in DR screening.

Salem EyeCon

Salem  August 9-11

Dr. Usha Kim

  • Symposium: Oculofacial Rejuvenation Co-Chair of this Symposium
  • The Jurie for Court Marital
  • Speaker for Orbit, Oculoplasty Instruction Course session
  • Recent advances in the management of orbital inflammatory diseases

Ophthall 2019

Hyderabad  August 03-04

Dr. Kim

  • How to set up a vision centre

Kudavasi Maanadu

Kumbakonam  August 24-25

Dr. Kim

  • Diabetes and its Ocular Effects – A Bird’s Eye View

Equitable Healthcare Access Consortium

Hyderabad  August 23

Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla participated in the panel discussion as part of the Equitable Healthcare Access (EHA) Consortium hosted by LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.



Aravind - Pondicherry  August 25

The one-day CME was inaugurated by Dr M. Ravishankar, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College, Pondicherry. Dr Meena Chakrabarti, Dr Pukhraj Rishi, Dr Sudha Ganesh, Dr Ekta rishi,  Dr Minu Mathen,  Dr Sabyasachi Sengupta, , Dr Nivean Madhivanan were the invited  faculty. Dr Naresh Babu, Dr V R Saravanan, Dr R Venketesh, Dr Manavi D Sindal and Dr Prabu from Aravind joined them in various sessions. The CME was centred on posterior segment complications related to cataract surgery and started with pre-operative considerations and intraoperative management of complex cases. At the XNIT workshop, participants got hands on practice under expert guidance. Decisions in difficult situations like aphakia, PC rent were debated, and various modalities for placing an IOL in absence of a capsule were demonstrated through videos. Issue of endophthalmitis was discussed in detail. One of the speakers shared his experience with newer ultramodern vitreo-retinal surgery machine “Ngeunity”. A total of110 doctors including delegates, post-graduate students and fellows from different institutes attended and benefitted from this CME. This CME sent a strong message to the society regarding Aravind’s commitment to promote and follow eco-friendly activities with zero waste. Registration was done online. No material was printed. Programme schedule was emailed and circulated on WhatsApp. All the decorations were reused from previous CME. After the CME, even the Rangoli outside was carefully removed and the colours were reused. We had permanent stalls put up, with handwritten boards. Banana leaves lining the plates and wooden spoons were used during lunch. Tea, coffee and water were served in steel utensils that were washed and cleaned in a boiler.

Retreat for Senior Nursing Superintendents and HR Personnel

Aravind - Madurai  August 01-03

HR department at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai organised a three day workshop to standardize various systems and processes relating to MLOP recruitment, training, employment and retention. A total of 52 participants from all Aravind centres including Nursing Superintendents, HR Managers, MLOP Incharge Doctors and Clinical MLOP managers participated. Aravind’s senior management team, Dr. Suzanne Gilbert, Senior Director, Research & Strategic Opportunities, Seva; Mr. D. Nagarajan, Former Regional Director – SSI & Board Member, Seva shared their inputs during the retreat.

34th Annual Day Celebration

Aravind - Theni  August 31

Aravind Eye Hospital, Theni celebrated its  34th Annual Day in an elaborate manner. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman-Emeritus; Dr. G. Natchair, Director-Emeritus and Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System were present during the function. Dr. Balaji presented an update on the activities of the year. This was followed by the distribution of service awards to employees who have completed 5,10,15, 20 and 25 years of service.  Several cultural programmes were performed by the MLOPs and Doctors.

Residents Social Responsibility Programme

Madurai  August 17

Residents Social Responsibility Programme was held at St Annes Old Age Home, Ponmeni, Madurai. A team of  doctors and  MLOPs conducted eye screening and spent quality time with the inmates.  The team presented a new caravan audio set up (which has close to 5000 recorded Tamil Songs) and cooking utensils. They were thrilled to hear devotional songs and songs from old Tamil movies.

MLOP Freshers’ Day Celebrations

Aravind  August 17

At Aravind – Tirupati and Coimbatore, the newly joined MLOP s celebrated freshers’ day. Dr. G. Natchiar, Director Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System was the chief guest.  The trainees performed cultural programmes.  They recited a poem on their experiences at Aravind and about Dr.V.

Awareness Session on Women Wellness

Aravind-Chennai  August 08

Dr. Kiruba MBBS., DNB handled the session Topics discussed included importance of nutrition, physical exercise, sleep, reproductive health, symptoms and early signs of critical diseases affecting women. The session was very interactive and informative.

Glass Painting Workshop

Aravind-Chennai   August 11

A total 36 participants attended this 3-hour workshop. Participants were taught on the basics of glass painting. The programme also included demonstration sessions on the making of  paper and cloth bags.


Workshop on Strengthening Aravind’s Low Vision Services

A total of 24 participants from Aravind centres in Madurai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, Salem, Chennai, Theni, Tuticorin and Dindigul participated.


Publications – August 2019

  1. George V Puthuran, Palmberg P, Hiruni KW, Krishnadas R, Robin A. Intermediate-Term Outcomes of an Affordable Aqueous Drainage Implant in Adults with Refractory Glaucoma. Ophthalmology Glaucoma. 2019 Jul-Aug;2(4):258-266. Article View
  2. Rathinam SR,  Gonzales J, Radhika T, Anuradha K, Bala Murugan S, Vedhanayaki R,  Lim L, Suhler EB, Al-Dhibi HA, Doan T, Keenan JD, Rao MM, Ebert CD, Nguyen HH, Kim E, Porco TC, Acharya NR; for the FAST Research Group. Effect of Corticosteroid-Sparing Treatment with Mycophenolate Mofetil vs Methotrexate on Inflammation in Patients with Uveitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2019 Sep;322(10):936-945.  Article View
  3. Shah PK, Prema S, Narendran V, Chan RVP, Chiang MF, Campbell JP. Aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity in two cohorts of patients in South India: implications for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. J AAPOS. 2019 Sep 12. [Epub]  Article View
  4. Sanjana Singh B, Vanathi N, Shah VM. A rare case of CNS hemangiopericytoma presenting with papilledema. GMS Ophthalmol Cases. 2019 Aug 20;9:Doc32.  Article View
  5. Thulasiraj RD. Commentary: Playing it safe versus being responsible. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1525-1526.  Article View
  6. Sundaresan Y, Gaikwad GG, Prajapati KA, Prajna NV, Chidambaranathan GP. Comparison of structural integrity and functional status of corneal endothelium stored in Cornisol and Optisol‑GS. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1579-1584.  Article View
  7. Shah H, Radhakrishnan N, Ramsewak S, Chiu S, Joseph S, Rose‑Nussbaumer J, Prajna NV. Demographic and socioeconomic barriers and treatment seeking behaviors of patients with infectious keratitis requiring therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty. Indian Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1593-1598.  Article View
  8. Prajna NV, Sangoi K. Commentary: Timing of therapeutic keratoplasty. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(19):1606.  Article View
  9. Krishnadas R. Commentary: Blindness from glaucoma associated with steroid abuse in children. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1655-1656.  Article View
  10. Bala Murugan S, Subashini M, Kiruthiga Devi T. Spontaneous Amsler’s sign ‑.A unique presentation. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019 Oct;67(10):1726.  Article View
  11. Nath M, Gireesh P. Challenges during femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery with posterior chamber phakic intraocular lens. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1744-1746.  Article View
  12. Karthik Kumar, Chitaranjan Mishra, Rupa A, Naresh Babu K, Kim R. Reversible blindness in a patient with closantel toxicity. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2019 Oct;67(10):1768-1771.  Article View
  13. Reighard CL, Pillai MR, Shroff S, Spaeth GL, Schilling SG, Wizov SS, Stein JD, Robin AL, Raja V, Ehrlich JR. Glaucoma-Associated Visual Task Performance and Vision-Related Quality of Life in South India. Ophthalmol Glaucoma. 2019 Sep-Oct;2(5):357-363.  Article View


Patient Monthly Statistics

August – 2019

Paying (New & Review) 58,597 28,919 8,176 30,869 27,460 4,446 6,961 12,029 5,286 3,568 3,454 16,914 7,930 2,14,609
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 18,185 7,661 2,201 10,709 10,100 1,284 2,034 1,171 1,746 4,442 3,215 62,748
Comprehensive Eye Camps 10,543 3,704 1,654 8,882 5,777 271 1,470 461 314 1,836 879 35,791
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 864 161 270 798 761 2,854
Glaucoma Camps
Refraction Camps 2,562 978 86 748 462 214 1,746 580 7,376
Mobile Refraction Unit 172 621 793
School Screening camps 1,318 1,980 318 529 1,561 50 47 522 6,325
Paediatric Camps 278 442 855 1,575
RoP 209 149 172 585 38 16 1,169
Vision Centres 25,832 13,374 5,867 4,364 9,026 1,124 1,422 61,009
Community Centres / City Centres 9,220 2,632 1,387 2,639 15,878
Total OP Examinations 1,27,330 59,836 20,745 58,105 58,679 7,389 6,961 17,326 6,918 7,630 3,454 23,730 12,024 4,10,127
Total Number of Camps 43 27 13 35 23 2 6 3 1 10 4 167
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 3,163 1,197 392 1,391 1,470 240 308 595 220 194 112 870 378 10,530
Free (Direct) 2,897 778 314 1,275 1,169 175 240 270 163 344 414 332 8,371
Camp 3,297 810 240 2,447 1,795 33 425 63 62 226 265 9,663
Total Cataract Surgeries 9,357 2,785 946 5,113 4,434 448 548 1,290 446 600 112 1,510 975 28,564
Note: NA – Not Applicable


Enrolments for August 2019

August – 2019

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery
Chennai 1
Tirupati 1
Fellowship in Cornea
Coimbatore 2
Chennai 1
Madurai 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology
Salem 2
Theni 1
Coimbatore 2
Fellowship in Glaucoma
Madurai 2
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology
Madurai 3
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty
Pondicherry 1
Fellowship in Retina Vitreous
Madurai 4
Coimbatore 1
Pondicherry 1
Tirunelveli 1
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma
Madurai 1
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders
Coimbatore 1
Madurai 2
Pondicherry 1
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Madurai 2
Coimbatore 2
Pondicherry 1
Small incision cataract surgery
Coimbatore 1
Tirunelveli 1
Madurai 2
Fundus Fluorescein Angiography & Ultrasonography
Madurai 1
Short term training in Refraction techniques
Madurai 6
Training for Ocularist
Madurai 1
Instrument Maintenance – For Technicians
Management Training and Systems Development for Hospital Administrators / Managers