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.



Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Our son is now able to see the colours and sights of the world

Our child was born healthy in Patnagarh. But 12 hours after his birth, he cried relentlessly and did not take milk. The next day he suffered a fit and the attending doctor put him to oxygen. A sequence of referrals for specialized care to arrest our baby's seizures followed - the Special Care Unit for newborn babies at the district hospital in Balangir, the VIMSAR Burla Neonatal Care Unit, NIMHANS in Bangalore, and then AIIMS at Bhubaneswar. It was at AIIMS that a pediatric professor said our baby’s vision was affected and the related nerves were probably damaged beyond recovery. We were referred to Dr Vivek Warkad at LVPEI Bhubaneswar.  


At LVPEI, Dr Warkad conducted a surgery. Thereafter he advised “vision rehabilitation” with different materials, coloured lights and balls, etc, which we regularly keep up with. Now, our son is able to identify his father, mother and others using vision and sound. He also identifies primary colours, common animals and birds, even from a distance of 10m! We are grateful to God, LVPEI and especially to Dr Warkad that our son is able to see the colours and sights of the world.

Nirupama and Tanmaya Kumar Panigrahi

Parents of Ashirbad Panigrahi  

The joy of sight for the joy of their life

Nima with her father and uncle
A failed retinal detachment surgery a couple of years back resulted in complete vision loss in the right eye for little Nima Elmi Said of Somalia. When she complained of similar symptoms in her left eye, her family became very apprehensive and wanted only the best treatment for her this time. “A doctor friend in Somalia convinced us to seek treatment at LVPEI. Our fears were put to rest when we interacted with Dr Padmaja Kumari Rani and had first-hand experience of the systematic manner in this hospital,” says Mohamed Salah, Nima’s uncle. Nima successfully underwent a retinal detachment surgery on the 3rd November 2016 and is making good progress. The family is thrilled that Nima will no longer have to live a life in darkness and will be able to continue her studies.


“For future consultations, Dr Rani has even connected us with a specialist in Kenya who has been trained at LVPEI, so we won’t need to come all the way to India every time. This is surely more than we expected!” says the delighted uncle.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Regaining lost confidence

When Salan Bage, 61, visited the OCL Eye Centre in Rajgangpur, Odisha for the first time, he was depressed and worried about his family's future. He owned a petty shop, was the sole earner for his family, but had developed optic atrophy (damage of optic nerves), which had resulted in irreversible vision loss.



Following a detailed eye examination, he was referred to the vision rehabilitation department at the centre. There he received training on daily living, mobility skills, and on how to use the money identifier. Thanks to this training, he is once again able to work in his shop along with his son. Confident of moving around independently with the help of his white cane, he came to the centre all by himself during his last follow-up visit. His regained confidence has also restored happiness in his life.       

An unforgettable handshake

Dr Mayank Mahajan from Agra is currently one of the two fellow doctors posted at the Kuchakulla Ramachandra Reddy Eye Centre, Thoodukurty, Nagarkurnool district, Telangana. His most memorable experience at the centre thus far: “I operated a deaf and mute lady who had bilateral dense cataract, hampering her vision in both the eyes. It was very difficult to make her understand that she will be undergoing a surgery - gesticulation was the only way possible! The surgery was uneventful and the patient was discharged the next day. After a week, the patient was examined for routine follow-up. She shook my hand and tears poured out from her eyes, probably the only way for her to express happiness. It was indeed an unforgettable handshake!"