Tuesday, 7 November 2017

My daughter Jahnavi

“My daughter Jahnavi was born with a series of life threatening complications – congenital heart problem, cataract and rubella. The doctors in my village were reluctant to operate her. When I met the experienced and efficient team of doctors at LVPEI Visakhapatnam, I knew my baby was in safe hands. She was just 27 days old when the first surgery for cataract removal was performed by Dr Merle Fernandes, supported by the anesthetist team. Her right eye was too small for the intraocular lens to be fit in, so she was prescribed contact lens. This resulted in improved vision but later she developed squint, followed by lazy eye. Things were not easy; no good school was ready to admit her. To my utter happiness, Dr Virender Sachdeva successfully treated her eye problems. Today Jahnavi goes to a good school and I am proud to share that she is doing very well. Our journey with LVPEI has been just amazing and I will be ever thankful to her treating doctors and the entire staff.”

M Sridevi

Amalapuram, East Godavari, AP

Changing Destiny

Mohammed Fareed, 30, was born with blue eyes and steadily started losing his vision. Despite undergoing surgeries at a local eye hospital, he could not regain his vision. The family lost all hope and he turned into an introvert. Fate intervened and brought them in contact with a patient who had been treated at LVPEI for a similar problem. Fareed's mother, for the first time, stepped out of their village in Krishna District, AP and came all the way to Hyderabad. Dr Sunita Chaurasia evaluated Fareed and performed keratoplasty (corneal transplantation) in both eyes. 

It's been over a year now and the family is overjoyed with Fareed's vision. They now spread awareness about the treatment to others in their community. “The benefits of keratoplasty to cure corneal blindness are not known to many in the remote areas and they consider it as their destiny and live with the problem. We thank our patients who have been ambassadors in spreading the message about the treatment available and thus helping to support our mission – so that all may see,” says Dr Chaurasia.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Premature Odisha baby saved from blindness

Mamata Rout of Sidhamala, Nayagarh District, Odisha, had delivered two premature baby girls in the 30th week of pregnancy. They weighed 900 gm and 1500 gm respectively, and were kept at the NICU of the local government hospital for 25 days as the parents couldn't afford to take them to Bubaneswar for better treatment. 

Dr Sweta Mohapatra, an Ophthalmologist at Nayagarh, trained at LVPEI in early diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a condition affecting the eye health of premature babies, diagnosed the twin babies with ROP. The RBSK (Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram, a state Child Health Program for the disadvantaged) helped rush the babies to LVPEI Bhubaneswar. RBSK’s pediatrician Dr Lingaraj Pradhan admitted one of the twins who needed urgent treatment to the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Capital Hospital Bhubaneswar where her health was stabilized. 

At the brink of losing her vision, the baby underwent advanced ROP treatment, including injections and laser sessions, under the skilful hands of Dr Tapas Ranjan Padhi of LVPEI Bhubaneswar. Thanks to the collective efforts of the various teams, the baby today has healthy vision and will no longer be blinded for life.

From scoring the lowest marks to securing 70%

D Sireesha's vision problem went unidentified until she was in her 6th grade. When her teacher tried to counsel her on her low scores, she realized that Sireesha was unable to copy notes from the blackboard due to limited vision. Soon enough, her agriculturist father brought her to LVPEI's Edward and Soona Brown Eye Centre at Sattenapalli.

Diagnosed with low vision at the centre, she was prescribed with 4X telescope. "I am in seventh grade now and I am able to study well. In my last exam I scored 70% and I am now participating in all school activities as well," says the elated Sireesha.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Dr Murat Shamsiya from Mongolia

“I am thankful for the opportunity that I got to pursue my pediatric fellowship at LVPEI. It has been a great learning experience. Pediatric congenital cataract is a big problem in my country and no good quality eye care is available. In the hospital where I work in my hometown in Mongolia, we have a new phaco machine and the latest instruments for cataract surgeries. With the experience that I have gained, I am confident I will now be able to treat all kinds of pediatric cataract cases. I also had the opportunity to witness interesting squint cases and advanced surgical interventions. Dr Subhadra Jalali and Dr Tapas Ranjan Padhi taught me about the early identification and management of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and I now look forward to treating ROP cases in my country. I would like to thank Dr Ramesh Kekunnaya, Dr Preeti Patil Chhablani, Dr Akshay Badakere, Dr Vivek Warkad and all the fellows, optometrists, nurses and pediatric team for teaching me and sharing their knowledge, skills and experiences with me.”

Murat Shamsiya
Pediatric Ophthalmologist, National Center for Maternal and Child Health
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Shamsiya completed her fifteen-month pediatric fellowship at LVPEI in June 2017

Dedicated efforts to rehabilitate lives

Worried about Baby Duddolu Kalayni's future and their limited resources to cater to her special needs, her parents prayed for her death. She suffered from visual impairment and delayed milestones, and had become a burden for her family of daily wage labourers. 

Identified during a door-to-door survey, Kalayni was brought to the institute's secondary centre in Mudhole, Adilabad district, and later to the Hyderabad campus. It was a case of irreversible blindness and she was referred to the Institute for Vision Rehabilitation for early intervention services. The follow-up treatment was at the secondary centre in Mudhole that was now equipped to handle such cases. 

Both Kalayni and her mother are being trained on how to handle her special needs, made possible thanks entirely to the persistent and dedicated efforts of the field assistants and the team at Mudhole. Happy with the training, the parents are now hopeful for a better future for their daughter.

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