Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Technology enabled patient care

D Parwathi, 44, from Kasimkota, AP, injured her left eye while working in her fields, resulting in
severe pain and red eye. Eventually, she was unable to even keep her eyes open, especially in sunlight, and was confined to her home. She visited the LVPEI vision centre in her village and consulted S Kalyani, the vision technician there. Suspecting infection, Kalyani immediately clicked the pictures of the patient's eye and shared it with the expert doctors at Hyderabad campus through the teleophthalmology facility available at all the vision centres. Thanks to this technology enabled expert guidance, the technician was able to guide Parwathi for further care and treatment at the nearest tertiary centre at Visakhapatnam. A detailed eye examination was carried out by Dr Merle Fernandes and drops were prescribed. After a couple of follow up sessions, the infection subsided. Happy to be finally relieved of the severe pain and red eye, Parwathi is now looking forward to resuming her work, and is extremely thankful to the LVPEI team for the timely treatment received. 

Life changing innovative surgery

Seven years ago, Ranjeet became a victim of 'chuna' (slaked lime) burn injury and lost vision in his left eye. His eye had turned ugly with a protruding mass (as in the picture in his hands). The local doctors had given up saying that his vision would never be restored. Disheartened, he came to LVPEI for the removal of his disfigured eye. But a miracle awaited him at LVPEI. A team of doctors led by Dr Sayan Basu performed a novel technique of stem cell transplantation surgery developed in LVPEI by Dr Virender Singh Sangwan, called SLET or Simple Limbal Epithelial Transplantation. Today, Ranjeet has not only regained vision but also his self-confidence and smile. Like Ranjeet, there are many other patients, across all age groups and from all over India, who have benefitted from this life-changing surgery.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Vision Rehabilitation Helps Aswini’s Placement with IBM

S Aswini, from Tirupati, had high myopia and low bone density at birth that the doctors associated to her parents’ consanguineous marriage. When in her 6th grade, she lost vision in her right eye due to a pencil injury and her left eye was also affected. Multiple health problems such as leucoma in her left eye, sinus and migraine, further worsened her vision and hearing too. Though traumatized initially, she did not succumb to depression, and completed her schooling but was discouraged from pursuing engineering. 

Her supportive family brought her to LVPEI’s Institute for Vision Rehabilitation. Professional counselling and training in mobility, use of special assistive software and low vision devices, helped her regain lost confidence. She not only completed her BTech on par with sighted peers but even received a placement offer from IBM as Associate Systems Engineer. 

“LVPEI has filled my colourless life with colours. I am so inspired by the team that I have started a not-for-profit organization called ‘Krant - Ray of Hope’, where I try to provide support to people who face similar challenges,” says Aswini.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

“My experience at LVPEI has been an eye opener in the true sense."

“My experience at LVPEI has been an eye opener in the true sense.
I never realized how important our eyes were until I was affected with severe corneal damage after my cataract surgery, which took away my right eye vision. Despite undergoing a series of surgeries and the best of efforts by doctors in my hometown, I did not regain vision. Simple things such as climbing stairs or walking around independently became a challenge. Highly recommended by my doctor, I came to LVPEI along with my husband. Right from the security personnel to the patient care staff and the doctors, everybody has been extremely courteous and never made us feel that we are in a foreign land. All my fears and anxiety were put to rest by Dr Muralidhar Ramappa's assuring statement – 'You don't worry ma'am. We will take care of you.' And indeed, he did! Post the surgery I have regained functional vision in my right eye. It feels so good to see things clearly again.”

Maureen Chisenga
Malawi, Africa

(Ms Chisenga underwent anterior segment reconstruction combined with selective corneal replacement.This resulted in dramatic visual improvement in her vision and discomfort in the eye.)

Rizwana is no longer a burden to her family

SK Rizwana Begum was just 16 when she got married and lost her vision due to complications from an early pregnancy. Abandoned by her husband, she returned to her parental home. A community based rehabilitation program organized by LVPEI at her village in Kannuru, Krishna District, AP marked the beginning of her journey back to physical, social and economic rehabilitation. 
Thanks to the field service officer P Adilakshmi's persistent efforts, Rizwana's parents eventually agreed to her training in mobility and orientation, Braille, money identification and home management. She went on to clear her 10th grade exams, is now training on using low vision and assistive devices at LVPEI's Vijayawada campus, and has since joined Andhra Loyola College in Vijayawada. Rizwana is now determined to complete her education, secure a job for herself and support her family.

Monday, 4 December 2017

The joy of Giving

''My friend and I organized a bake sale during Diwali to raise money for non paying surgeries at LVPEI. Neha was the baking expert and I was the manager. It was a lot of hard work but when we came to the hospital and met the people in the Institute's rehabilitation centre, we realized everything was worth the time and effort. We are planning on doing some more bake sales in future. We experienced happiness in giving, and hope others can too."


Gauri can now live a life of dignity

Before the surgery Gouri Behera, 32, from Dhenkana District, Odisha, was born with limited vision in only one eye. Even that deteriorated over time, and her eye ball gradually shrunk. When she came to LVPEI Bhubaneswar, she had no vision at all. Dr Vivek Warkad and Dr Suryasnata Rath performed a series of surgeries comprising 'hangback extraocular muscle recession' and 'fixation of the globe to the bony wall'. 

The team successfully managed to restore not only her vision, but also the shape of her eyeball, thus improving the overall cosmic appeal of her face. It is indeed a life changing experience for Gouri who is now able to see the world, and live a life of dignity and hope for a better future.