Aravind News Team

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare 
Bobby Knight

As the banyan of eye care spreads its roots, Aravind is all set to enter Chennai. The construction of this facility, the biggest of all Aravind centres is in the final stage and the hospital will be opened soon.

It has been almost three decades that Aravind Eye Hospital Tirunelveli embarked on its journey to eliminate needless blindness. It was an occasion of joy and gratitude as the staff members joined hands to celebrate the annual day. It was a proud moment for Aravind when Prof.VR. Muthukkaruppan was honoured by The Indian Immunology Society at its annual conference. At the annual conference of All India Ophthalmologists Society, Aravind doctors came out in flying colours.

Continuing education programmes are being arranged on a regular basis for both the clinical and non-clinical cadres of staff members.  For the third consecutive year, a similar programme was arranged for the staff of Accounts and finance departments across the Aravind centres.

LAICO’s consultancy activities were in full swing with visits made to different hospitals in India and abroad. 

News about these and many more feature in this issue

Special honour for Prof.VR.Muthukkaruppan
Visakhapatnam, February 16
Indian Immunology Society honoured Prof.VR.Muthukkaruppan Advisor-Research, Aravind Medical Research Foundation at its 43rd annual meeting held on February 16 at GITAM University, Visakhapatnam. He was recognised for his contributions as the founding member, past president and architect of the Society. He was the pioneer in introducing teaching and research programmes in Immunology in Madurai Kamaraj University as early as 1975, the first of its kind in India. 
Award at the 5th National Conference on Emerging Trends and New Challenges in Biotechnology
Hosur, February 2-3
Ms.G.Prakadeeswari, Junior Research Fellow, Department of Molecular Genetics won first prize for her oral presentation titled Association Study on homocysteine gene polymorphisms in South Indian individuals with Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome. The conference was sponsored by DST-SERB and ICMR and conducted by PG and Research Centre in Biotechnology, MGR College, Hosur.
Awards at All India Ophthalmic Society Conference
Jaipur, February 16-19


Dr.Karthik Srinivasan was presented with the Best Innovator Award – South Zone at Think under the Apple Tree Programme. He was also one of the team that was adjudged the Best Zone Award

Dr. Abhijit and Dr.Sindhusree of Aravind – Tirunelveli were awarded Fellow of All India Collegium of Ophthalmology

Dr. Sheth Vanee, Dr. George J Manayath, Dr.V.R.Saravanan, Dr.V.Narendran of Aravind – Coimbatore won award for the Best Paper, Retina Session

Dr. Siddharth Narendran, Dr. Soham Basak, Aravind - Coimbatore won Third Prize in PG Thesis presentation

Dr. Bahgya Sudheer, Aravind -Madurai won award for Best Paper in Uvea 

Dr. Nilam Gohlil, Aravind – Madurai won award for the Best Poster in Cornea session

Dr. Komal Mehta, Aravind - Madurai – Best Poster, Community and Social Ophthalmology

Dr. Kirandeep Kaur, Dr. Surbhi Saboo from Aravind – Pondicherry won the IJO YOSI Essay Writing Competition

Dr. Girish Bharat Velis, Dr. Spurti G Reddy, Aravind - Pondicherry – Best Poster Award
Aravind Receives Madurai Management Association Award
Madurai, February 21


Madurai Management Association presented Public Service Excellence Award to Aravind Eye Hospital on the occasion of National Management Day Celebration.  Dr.Aravind Srinivasan received the Award from M.Shunmugasundaram, President of the Association.
Hospital Day Celebrations
Aravind – Tirunelveli, February 4


Aravind – Tirunelveli celebrated 29th annual day in a grand manner.  Chief Guest, Dr.K.Dharmalingam, Director - AMRF gave an inspiring talk and showed a video about AMRF. Dr.P.Namperumalsamy, Chairman - Emeritus, Dr.G.Natchiar, Director - Emeritus, Dr.R.D.Ravindran, Chairman, Dr.Prajna, Chief- Medical Education were the guests of honor. Dr.Maneksha welcomed the gathering.  Dr.Padmavathy, Chief - Neuro Ophthalmology Services gave an update on the major happenings in the hospital in the last year. Dr.R.D.Ravindran and Dr.R.Ramakrishnan gave inspiring speeches. As a way of acknowledging their service, cash awards and certificates were distributed to the senior staff members.

Cultural programmes included traditional, folk and contemporary style dances, poem recitation, and instruments playing .Dr.Meenakshi proposed a vote of thanks. Ms.Lakshmi, Manager - HR was the master of ceremony.
Observing Low Vision Awareness Month
Aravind – Tirunelveli, February 17-18


February month is observed as Low vision awareness month. In connection with this, Aravind, Tirunelveli conducted an exhibition to create awareness among patients and public.  The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr.R.Meenakshi, Deputy CMO. Nearly hundred patients visited the exhibition.
Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for Standardized Accounting and Control System
Madurai, February 18


For the third consecutive year, staff members of Finance and Accounting departments across the Aravind centres were brought in for a continuing professional education programme.The CPE aimed to standardize the Accounting process across all Aravind hospitals and to ensure error free, accurate and timely reports to management. It also took steps to strengthen Accounting Controls across the system. Above 40 participants attended.
Aravind – Tirunelveli, February 19


As part of Employee welfare activity, staff of Housekeeping Department and Aravind - Tuticorin were taken on a one day tour to Tuticorin harbour, beach and a park. The team had an opportunity to tour a cargo ship.
6th Annual Conference of the Society for Mitochondrial Research and Medicine (SMRM)
New Delhi, February 10-11


- Mitoscriptome analysis to understand Diabetic Retinopathy.
Annual Conference of All India Ophthalmic Society
Jaipur, February 16-19
- Mastering the Basics and Avoiding the Pitfalls in Accurate Diagnosis of Glaucoma
- Gonioscopy: technique, interpretation and its role
- Innovative Solutions for Complex Anterior Segment Situations: A Video Assisted Course
- Vitreous decompression in cataract surgery with shallow A. C.
- Glaucoma Drainage Device Implantation: Practical Tips & Tricks
- Tubes in complex situations - sulcus/pars plana placement previous failed drainage device
- Managing Cataract and Glaucoma – Tips to Deal With This Uneasy Relationship
- Managing difficult situations like small eye, crowded iris and weak Zonules
- Rafting in the Rapids: Phaco Basic to Advanced
- Rafting the Stages of Transition From Manual SICS To Phaco

Dr.Manas Nath
- Traumatic Cataract Memoirs (video)

Dr.Girish Bharat Velis
- A Case Series of Acute Retinal Necrosis in a Tertiary Eye Care Centre in South India
- Predictors of Clinical Outcome in Ophthalmia Nodosa in Tertiary Eye Centre in South India
- Case Series of Toxoplasmosis in a Tertiary Eye Care Centre in South India.

Dr.Raghuraman B
- Clinical Profile of Patients Presenting to Low Vision Clinic in a Tertiary Eye Hospital

Dr.Kirandeep Kaur
- Multifactorial Long Term Retrospective Analyses of Traumatic Cataract in Tertiary Eye Care Hospital

Dr.Bharat Gurnani
- Retrospective Analyses of Eyes That Underwent Vitreous Lavage for Post vitrectomy Vitreous Hemorrhage.

Dr.Spurthi G. Reddy
- Case Series of Ocular Toxocariasis (Ot) in a Tertiary Eye Care Centre in South India
- Community Acquired Retinitis

Dr.Ronak Solanki
- Clinical Characteristics of Fuchs’ Heterochromic Iridocyclitis in a South Indian Population.

Dr.Kirandeep Kaur
- Multifactorial Retroprospective Analysis of Multiple Cranial Nerve Palsies in Tertiary Eye Hospital.
- Recurrent Anterior with Posterior Scleritis – How Challenging it is?

Dr.Bharat Gurnani
- A Rare Case Report of Giant Cell Angiofibroma of Orbit
- A Rare Case Report of Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma of Lacrimal Sac Area

Dr.Anushri Agrawal
- Can Hla B27 Uveitis Mimic Endophthalmitis with a Granular Hypopyon?
- Recurrent Anterior with Posterior Scleritis – How Challenging It Is?

Dr.Jivitesh Singh
- Double Trouble Leading to Corneal Melt with Resistant Scleritis – A Clinical Challenge!

Dr.Surbhi Saboo
- Uncommon Differential Diagnosis of Conjunctival Cyst. 

Dr.Ronak Solanki
- Diagnosis while Operating : on Table Diagnosis of Brittle Cornea Syndrome
- A Case of Basal Cell Carcinoma with Free Skin Graft Reconstruction

Dr.George J Manayath
- Current role of TTT in Retina practice

- X Files- Retina Pearls
- Persistent Fetal Vasculature - practice patterns

Dr.Rodney J Morris
- Macular hole- conventional ILM peel v/s inverse flap- Outcomes & indications

Dr.Anant Bhosale
- Microbiological analysis of Retina cubicles with examination of 20 D, 90 D, Slit lamps & Mobile phones
- A case of solitary vitreous cyst in adult male

Dr. Swapnil  Shankar
- SFIOL with 26G needle
As trainer for SICS, Phaco and Toric IOL marking at surgical skill transfer course [SSTC]
ASIA-ARVO Conference
Brisbane, Australia, February 4-8


Dr.Ramprasad and Aloysius Abraham attended the ASIA-ARVO 2017 conference at Brisbane, Australia. Aloysius Abraham presented a poster on the “Effective and Comprehensive Genetic Analysis of Retinoblastoma by Next Generation Sequencing”. After the conference, he gave an invited talk on “Efficient genetic testing of Retinoblastoma in South Indian population” at Centre for Eye Research, Australia and visited Peter MacCallam Cancer Centre, Melbourne. Dr.Ramprasad visited the lab of Prof. Traian Chirila, Chief Scientist at the Queensland Eye Institute (QEI) to gain knowledge related to the use of silk proteins as biomaterials in ophthalmic tissue engineering. 

Annual Conference of Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh
Bangladesh, February 7-8
Mr.R.D.Thulasiraj delivered  the prestigious Alim Memorial Lecture.
Consultancy Visits
Bangladesh, February 3-4
Dr.Frederick and Mr.R.Meenakshi Sundaram made a needs assessment visit to OSB Eye Hospital, Bangladesh during February 3-4.

Mr.Sanil Joseph visited Kankurgachhi Netralaya & Research Institute, Kolkata during February 16-18.
Vision Building Workshop
Aravind – Pondicherry, February 22-26
As part of SCALE Project, vision Building and strategic planning workshop was held for Aravind eye Hospitals – Udumalpet, Tirupur and Salem.

Enrolments for February 2017 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for February 2017
Long Term Fellowship Programmes - For Ophthalmologists
Anterior Segment & IOL Surgery
General Ophthalmology
Orbit & Oculoplasty
Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders
Small Incision Cataract Surgery
Short Term Courses - For Paramedicals
Refraction Techniques
Training for ocularist
Instrument Maintenance- Non Clinical Courses
Instrument Maintenance for Technicians
Management Courses - Non Clinical Courses
Management Training for Eye Care Programme Managers
  • Agashe R, Naveen R, Pradhan S, Srinivasan M, Prajna VN, Lalitha P. Clinical and demographic study of microsporidial keratoconjunctivitis in South India: a 3-year study (2013-2015). Br J Ophthalmol. 2017 Feb 22. pii: bjophthalmol-2016-309845. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2016-309845. [Epub]
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  • Yelchuri ML, Madhavi B, Gohil N, Sajeev HS, Prajna NV, Srinivasan S. In Vitro Evaluation of the Drug Reservoir Function of Human Amniotic Membrane Using Moxifloxacin as a Model Drug. Cornea. 2017 Mar 1. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0000000000001168. [Epub]
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  • Das T, Ackland P, Correia M, Hanutsaha P, Mahipala P, Nukella PB, Pokharel GP, Raihan A, Rao GN, Thulasiraj RD, Sapkota YD, Simanjuntak G, Tenzin N, Thoufeeq U, Win T; IAPB South East Asia Region Eye Health Study Group. Is the 2015 eye care service delivery profile in Southeast Asia closer to universal eye health need! Int Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 2. doi: 10.1007/s10792-017-0481-y. [Epub]
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  • Prakadeeswari G, Haripriya A, Sundaresan P. MTHFR and MTHFD1 gene polymorphisms are not associated with pseudoexfoliation syndrome in South Indian population. Int Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 15. doi: 10.1007/s10792-017-0498-2. [Epub]
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  • Ashok Vardhan S, Haripriya A, Ratukondla B, Ramulu P, Shivakumar C, Nath M, Vijayaraghavan P, Robin AL. Association of Pseudoexfoliation With Systemic Vascular Diseases in a South Indian Population. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 9. [Epub]
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  • Jain NC, Vanteri J, Shah PK, Narendran V. Lipemia retinalis in 1-month-old infant. Oman J Ophthalmol. 2017 Jan-Apr;10(1):50-51. doi: 10.4103/0974-620X.200698.
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  • Mourya D, Balamurugan S, Khanal R. A Rare Complication of Posterior Subtenon Injection. Retin Cases Brief Rep. 2017 Spring;11(2):128-130.
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  • Meyer JJ, Liu W, Jacob S, Packer M, Lutfiamida R, Tahija S, Roux P, Malyugin B, Urrets-Zavalia JA, Crim N, Esposito E, Daponte P, Pellegrino F, Graue-Hernandez EO, Jimenez-Corona A, Valdez-Garcia JE, Hernandez-Camarena JC, Relhan N, Flynn HW, Ravindran RD, Behnding A. Endophthalmitis Prophylaxis in Cataract Surgery: Overview of Current Practice Patterns Around the World. Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(4):565-573. doi: 10.2174/1381612822666161216122230.
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Aravind Alumni Meet at All India Ophthalmological Conference
Jaipur, February 16-19


One of the major sponsors of the conference, Aurolab launched its Hydrophobic Multifocal IOL – Aurovue Dfine and New range of surgical blades- Auroslim. 

Aravind Alumni meet was held on 18th February  at Hotel Royal Orchid. Around 75 alumni attended and interacted during the meet. The meet was organized by Dr. Sukesh Tanden, Dr. Abhishek Kothari and Dr. Siddharth Kothari and Aurolab. The meeting began with Rajasthani music and cultural dance. The show was presided by Dr. Venkatesh and he made the Alumni meet interactive.

February - 2017

RS Puram
Paying (New & Review) 49,039 7,325 25,610 30,538 24,392 5,887 3,441 10,110 2,475 4,681 2,401 1,65,899
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 13,477 1,870 6,331 9,074 7,607 NA 628 1,091 911 712 NA 41,701
Comprehensive Eye Camps 9,386 1,592 4,481 8,727 6,743 NA NA 1,240 NA 109 NA 32,278
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 863 NA 335 957 535 NA NA NA NA NA NA 2,690
Refraction Camps 708 NA 1,203 1,356 1,023 NA NA 723 NA NA NA 5,013
Mobile Refraction Unit NA NA NA 2,307 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2,307
School Screening camps NA NA 816 1,155 3,537 NA NA NA NA NA NA 5,508
Paediatric Camps NA NA NA NA 794 NA NA NA NA NA NA 794
Vision Centres 17,788 5,316 9,726 5,146 5,704 NA NA NA NA NA NA 43,680
Community Centres / City Centres 8,501 2,094 2,432 2,061 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 15,088
Total OP Examinations 99,762 18,197 50,934 59,260 52,396 5,887 3,441 13,164 3,386 5,502 2,401 3,14,330
Total Number of Camps 40 10 31 39 30 NA NA 11 NA 1 NA 162
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 2,811 364 1,194 1,473 1,197 310 149 544 117 139 51 8,349
Free (Direct) 2,271 270 877 1,353 930 NA 112 166 156 82 NA 6,217
Camp 2,548 237 760 2,184 1,730 NA 41 231 38 21 NA 7,790
Total Cataract Surgeries 7,630 871 2,831 5,010 3,857 310 302 941 311 242 51 22,356
Note: NA - Not Applicable