Monday, 13 March 2017

Regaining vision, and dignity

A failed cataract surgery in the right eye and a gradual diminution in vision in the other eye, had made Pratima Barik, residing in Nayagram, West Bengal, completely dependent on her husband. Expensive medical treatment being beyond their reach, she visited Shri Mithu Tulsi Chanrai Campus at Bhubaneswar with hope and was diagnosed with 'Fuchs endothelial dystrophy', a condition in which the cells present in the cornea do not secrete adequate fluids necessary for clear vision. It generally affects the elderly population and is slightly more common in women.


A corneal transplant surgery, along with cataract surgery in the left eye, was successfully performed. Her vision in the left eye has now significantly improved. “I am extremely delighted I can now lead a dignified life and can contribute equally to the family,” says Pratima Barik.

No more blinded for life

When Rathod Shyam, 40, a registered medical practitioner (RMP) had conjunctivitis, he tried treating it with antibiotic drops. To ease the burning sensation, he applied cow's milk and ghee. Within days, his condition worsened, his vision dropped completely and his eyes were covered with a white layer. He consulted a local eye specialist near his village in Maharashta and was devastated when told that he was blinded for life. A former LVPEI Vision Technician advised the family to take Rathod to LVPEI's Seshanna Chennawar Eye Centre in Adilabad, Telangana.



Dr Prabhakar Singh, fellow ophthalmologist posted at the centre, examined the white layer that seemed like severe inflammation due to milk and ghee. Rathod's eyes were cleaned and he was prescribed medication. Overwhelmed at receiving his eyesight back, Rathod says, “In spite of being a medical practitioner, I was ignorant about how vision threatening home remedies can be! I now pledge to create awareness among other people in my village.”

Monday, 6 February 2017

Little Pruthvi is the eyes of his parents

Like other children, Pruthvi enjoys going to school and playing. But unlike other 4-year olds, Pruthvi helps his parents with mundane tasks at home, a happiness that his family has secured thanks to the parents' vigilance.

Congenital cataract and delayed care had caused vision loss for Pruthvi's parents. Aware of the high risk involved, they had brought their baby over for a detailed eye check, right after his birth, and at the tender age of 6 weeks, Pruthvi had undergone a successful cataract surgery at LVPEI's Vijayawada campus.

The happy parents now no longer depend on Pruthvi's grandparents or uncle to escort them to the hospital for check-ups. “We now have Pruthvi to help us around,” they proudly say.

“It   is  indeed  inspiring  and  motivating  to  see  how  timely  medical intervention  can  change the  lives  of a child and his family as well,” says Dr Niranjan K Pehere.

Chennamma's wellbeing

Nalagati Venkata Chennamma was born with visual and intellectual impairment. Prohibitive costs and Chennamma's behavioural issues prevented the family from seeking medical treatment. At age 20, a mandatory government requirement to avail benefits for the visually impaired, revealed 100% blindness.

But five years later, LVPEI's Field Rehabilitation Service Officer Karunakar spotted symptoms of cataract. His counselling led to Chennamma being brought to LVPEI's secondary centre at Markapuram where she was operated upon by Dr Nilesh Jaiswal for congenital cataract. She has regained functional vision and is now undergoing treatment at the Hyderabad campus for further enhancement of her vision. Her family expresses immense gratitude for LVPEI's care and concern in their daughter's wellbeing.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

An army man's tribute

“I am an army man. On being referred from the military hospital, my mother was treated by Dr Muralidhar Ramappa who took good care of her. My mother has cared for me, educated me and turned me into a good citizen of the country. Mrs Vanita Ganesh (Patient Care Service) too agreed, “For parents and the country, however much we do, it is not enough. We should not stop our efforts.”
My salutations to everyone in LVPEI - you offer free services to army jawans, which means you serve those who save the country!”
Jai Hind,

G Chiranjeevi

S/o Guntu Varahalamma who was treated for corneal infection

The greatest joy is their child can now see

At 8 months, Sharath's parents noticed a white layer covering both his eyes. They also suspected he was unable to see. A local doctor in their native Kurnool district recommended LVPEI. “We took a sigh of relief when Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya informed us that other than congenital cataract, our child had no other problem,” says Vijay Kandol, the father. Under the skilful hands of Dr Kekunnaya, Sharath underwent cataract surgeries in both his eyes, completely free of cost.

The greatest joy for his mother is that Sharath can now recognize his parents. They are grateful to LVPEI and Dr Kekunnaya for restoring their child's vision and saving him from living his life in darkness.  

The joy of giving, no matter what


Sree Ramya Mangena, a client of the Vision Rehabilitation Institute, scored 9.5 in her 10th grade. For her outstanding performance, she was recently awarded a cash prize by the Lysosomal Disorder Society (LDS). Amazingly, Ramya decided to donate Rs 10,000 from that to help others like her, embodying the true spirit of giving back!

Afflicted with glaucoma, Ramya has been receiving medical as well as vision rehabilitation care at LVPEI since 9 years. In 2013 she was diagnosed with "Mucopolysaccharidosis Type VI" - a rare genetic disorder with cardiac, skeletal, vision and respiratory involvement. Owing solely to her strong sense of determination, she continues to doggedly pursue her graduation through Open University, inspiring so many others with her story.