Monday, 3 July 2017

Glad to share with all

Glad to share with all that I secured 75% in my B.A. first year exam that I am pursuing through correspondence from Osmania University. When I look back at my academic journey, there came a point in my life when I had to discontinue my Bachelors in Mass Communication in 2008 due to vision loss. I have to admit that I never thought I will be able to study further. But I was wrong as life had other plans for me or rather LVPEI,  I should say! I walked in here as a patient in 2011, joined as an employee in 2013 and now I am also availing the institute's services to study further. Every step I took from the time I came here uncovered great opportunities.  'So that all may have vision', this would be my version of the mission statement of LVPEI as it let me have a vision for my future. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to each one for their support and assistance. Special thanks to T Vinay Kumar, our sound editor for letting me have the audio books on time.

T V Aishwarya, Counsellor, HelpLine Services,

Institute for Vision Rehabilitation, LVPEI

Two corneal transplants and now the IAS

Hyderabad based radiologist Dr Sandeep Kumar Nallamothu had undergone two corneal transplants in his right eye at LVPEI. He was in the 7th grade when his eye power started increasing drastically. This adversely affected his studies and overall personality as well.


“Dr Prashant Garg has been a major influence in my life. He would always motivate me to study and scale greater heights,” says the 33 year old Sandeep. He recently cleared his IAS exams and is now awaiting posting. Extremely happy with the treatment provided at the Institute, Sandeep's father Mr Vijay Kumar Nallamothu says, “I am so proud of my son’s achievements. We have been fortunate to receive the best of care at LVPEI.”

Accessible, affordable eye care at the doorsteps of the community

Mahbub Ali Syed, 56, from Chunchupalli village in Khammam District, Telangana, had lost vision in his right eye 15 years back due to a stone injury. Since the past year, he was experiencing blurred vision in his other eye. A local doctor advised cataract surgery but fearing surgery and the huge expense, he bravely decided to live with blurred vision, even though mundane chores were getting increasingly challenging. 

Things changed when an LVPEI field worker on a door-to-door survey visited Mahbub’s village, and soon escorted him to the Nava Bharat Eye Centre in Paloncha for a successful cataract surgery with Dr Priya Mittal, completely free of cost.


"I am so happy that I can once again see and take care of my family now!" says Mahbub.`

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Excellent Training Experience

Hi Dr Maneck,

I just got home to Chicago and wanted to say thank you, for a wonderful month's training. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, and really invested in my learning experience. I had a great time, learned a lot, and got to know you all, which was an added bonus.

Joshua Z Warren, MD, MBA
Medical Resident, Aurora Health Care
The Perelman School of Medicine, The Wharton School, Philadelphia


(Joshua completed a one-month Zeiss training program at GMR Varalakshmi campus, Visakhapatnam in April 2017).

A solution to constant watering of the eye

V Rama Murthy, 72, from Hyderabad, lost his vision in the left eye at age 25 following untreated redness and watering of the eye. In his mid thirties, he experienced similar symptoms in his only seeing eye. He immediately consulted some local doctors. “I was prescribed glasses and some drops, which improved my vision, but persistent redness and watering of the eye would lead to severe bouts of headaches. The problem worsened with time, making me dependent on others for my day-to-day tasks,” says Mr Murthy.


On the advice of an acquaintance, he consulted Dr Milind Naik at LVPEI who performed a surgery to clear the blockage in the tear drainage pathway in his nose. The immediate result was 60% reduction in the watering of the eyes. Thereafter Dr Sidharth Dixit operated him for cataract. “My vision has improved and I can now move around independently. My experience at LVPEI has been just excellent and I am touched by the humble behaviour of the doctors and other support staff here,” concludes Mr Murthy.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Towards a brighter future

The series of complications little Rana was born with were unnerving for her young parents Rabba and Mohsin Humaid of Oman. The joy of her birth turned to despair when Rana was diagnosed with corneal infection and glaucoma, coupled with chest infection and hypothyroidism. With support from the Government of Oman, the worried parents contacted Dr Bhupesh Bagga at LVPEI for medical advice. 

Looking at the severity of the problem, they were advised to fly down to Hyderabad immediately. In January 2017, when Rana was brought to LVPEI her condition was extremely fragile with fluctuating levels of para thyroid hormone and aspiration pneumonia. Unfit to be operated upon, the first priority was to bring her vital signs to normal level. After receiving treatment at one of the city based pediatric hospitals, Rana underwent corneal surgery in both her eyes at the tender age of 9 months. 

“She now responds to light and is curious to see things around her. For us this whole journey has been nothing less than a miracle. We will forever be thankful for the wonderful support we have received from the entire team at LVPEI,” say the delighted parents. To keep her eye pressure controlled, drops have been prescribed and for better vision, the parents have been trained to fit contact lens in her left eye.

So that nobody goes needlessly blind

Bhikari Nayak, 90, and his wife Sasi Nayak, 70, from Dulanapur, Banki, Odisha were treated at Shri Mithu Tulsi Chanrai Campus in Bhubaneswar for cataract. When they did not turn up for their post operation check-up, a concerned Dr Nadim Kazi informed Kirteemayee Roul from the patient care team. 


With no contact phone number or detail mentioned except their village in the patient record, Kirteemayee requested another old patient from the same village to inquire about the couple. The patient got back to say that the couple lived in abject poverty, and could not afford their prescribed eye drops leave alone travel to the institute for their check-up. 

Dr Kazi and Antaryami Muduli from the nursing team went to their house and escorted them back to the campus. In absence of proper care, Sasi's eyes had developed mild edema and congestion. Medical treatment was begun immediately and a second surgery performed. 

On the day of discharge, Dr Kazi gave them Rs 500 from his pocket and asked them to come for their follow-up without fail. The institute applauds the dedication of the team that went beyond their call of duty.