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

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.