Aravind Eye Hospital’s routine activities continue to be at the peak, focusing on patient care, awareness programmes and continuing medical education (CME) programmes.

Recently, an awareness programme was organised at Sivakasi Government Hospital, highlighting the crucial role of healthcare professionals in promoting eye donation.

World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week was observed in a meaningful manner at Aravind. Retinoblastoma is a rare and rapidly growing eye cancer that primarily affects infants and young children, often leading to removal of the eye. In severe cases, it can be fatal. Raising awareness about this condition is vital to protect the eyesight and lives of children. Hence, during the awareness week, Aravind Eye Hospitals organised a Survivors’ meet in Madurai and Coimbatore, focusing on educating individuals about the genetic causes of retinoblastoma, the importance of early detection, and the available treatment options.

Furthermore, during the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2023 held in New Orleans, US, senior scientists and research students from Aravind Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) visited various laboratories, enriching their expertise and getting updated on the recent trends in eye research.

This issue features updates on these and numerous other topics.