Thursday, 12 April 2018

My son can now see this beautiful world


Amith Bodiga, 5, from a tribal area in Rayagada District, Odisha, had difficulty in seeing and would constantly bump into things. The concerned parents took him to LVPEI's secondary centre in Rayagada where he was diagnosed with congenital cataract in both eyes and referred to LVPEI's tertiary centre in Visakhapatnam where the Paediatric Ophthalmology team led by Dr Virender Sachdeva operated both his eyes. Amith for the first time was able to see things around him, and has gained functional vision. The outcome of the surgery could have been much better if he were brought in at an earlier age. He is currently receiving vision rehabilitation services to help him optimally use his vision to pursue education. “This truly has been a life changing surgery for him. My son can now see this beautiful world. We are extremely thankful to the LVPEI team for making this possible,”says Mr Manmath Bodiga.

All he needed was a pair of spectacles for his newspaper


While passing by a street in her village Podalakuru, SPSR Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, LVPEI's Vision Technician from the centre there, happened to see an aged gentleman, Mr Chandra Adeaiah, struggling to read the newspaper, and approached him. The gentleman shared that he liked reading the newspaper, but found it difficult now because of his poor vision. He also shared that since he was already 75, he will never be able to enjoy good vision. A Kamamkshi, the technician, convinced him to visit the centre for an eye examination, which he did. His refractive error was easily corrected with a pair of spectacles. The elderly gentleman is now overwhelmed that he is able to see clearly, and says, “Thanks to these glasses, I can once again indulge in the pleasure of reading.”

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.