Aravind News Team

In an unshakeable faith lies all our hope
- the Mother

Apart from celebrating the efforts taken, awards motivate people with a drive for improved performance.Last month, contributions of Aravind staff were recognised by various forums both at the national and regional levels. The organisation was felicitated by India Today, a leading current affairs magazine in India for its philanthropic and sustainable efforts in restoring  sight to millions. 
Aravind hosted the annual national conference of the Indian Eye Research Group, India chapter for ARVO with a variety of programmes including scientific sessions, presentations and entertainment events. The occasion turned out to be a platform for exchange of ideas and   sharing of knowledge.

It has been 11 years since Aravind lost its beloved founder, Dr.G.Venkataswamy. Mission Day was observed across the Aravind centres to commemorate his memorial day and to rededicate the staff to the noble mission of the organisation.

CME programmes were arranged for staff members of different cadres to update them on the latest developments in their fields.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.

Aravind Wins India Today’s Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs Award
New Delhi, July 6


Aravind Eye Care System wins India Today’s Make in India Emerging Entrepreneurs Award in the Social entrepreneurship category. Shri. Jeyant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Government of India presented the award. 
Best Video Award at the Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Surgery Convention (IIRSI)
Chennai, July 8-9
Dr. R. Venkatesh bagged the Best Video Award in Special Interest category: The Oscar dream: Low cost, high definition surgical video recorder.
Best Video Award
Chennai, July 14-15
Dr.Jayant Kumar and Dr. Naresh Babu, Medical Consultants, Retina and Vitreous Services, Aravind-Madurai bagged the award for the best video at Retina Summit organized by Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai.
Lions Awards for Nurses of Aravind – Tirunelveli
Tirunelveli, July 22


Ms. M.N Chidambaram, Nursing Superintendent;  Ms. V. Arumugam, Deputy Nursing Superintendent; Ms. K.S Marimuthu, Co-ordinator- Retina Clinic; Ms. R Muthulakshmi, Technician Supervisor;  Ms. M K Sanakara Gomathi, Co-ordinator- Glaucoma Clinic; Ms. M M Nambi, Counsellor;  Ms. D.A Stella Baby, Tutor – OP were appreciated and awarded Certificate of Appreciation for their selfless and efficient work. An exclusive function was organised by the Lions Club of Tirunelveli Cosmos and the certificates were given.
Awards at the Annual Conference of Indian Eye Research Group
Madurai, July 29-30


Mohd Hussain Shah, Research Scholar, Department of Molecular Genetics
Identification and characterization of variants and a novel 4bp deletion in the regulatory region of SIX6, a risk factor for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (Best Poster)

S. Ashwin Balaji, Junior Research Fellow, Department of Ocular Pharmacology
- Effect of cyclic IOP on outflow facility and activation of Rho A / ROCK signal cascade in human eyes (Best Oral Presentation)
Dr. Kalpana Narendran Conferred with Honorary Doctorate
Vadlamudi, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, July 31


Dr. Kalpana Narendran, Chief, Paediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Department, Aravind-Coimbatore was conferred Honorary Doctorate by Vignan University, Vadlamudi, Guntur on the occasion of its fifth convocation. She was honored along with
24th Annual Meeting of Indian Eye Research Group: ARVO-India Chapter
Aravind - Madurai, July 29-30, 2017


Aravind Medical Research Foundation hosted the 24th annual meeting of IERG at Madurai. A total of 146 participants and30 invited faculty attended the meeting. The meeting included 103 presentations, two orations, 15 invited talks, 17 free papers and 69 posters.18th Bireswar Chakrabarti oration delivered by Dr. Debasish Sinha, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore on Linking Impaired mTORC1 And Autophagy in Lysosomes of RPE Cells to Age-Related Macular
Degeneration. 6th D. Balasubramanian oration by Prof. G Kumaramanickavel, Research Director - Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore and Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai on A Journey in Darkness: Pathway to Ophthalmic Genes. A special breakout session on Recent Advances in Microbiology and Immunology, Genomics and Proteomics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Clinician Researcher Interface was also conducted. Awards for best oral and poster presentations were distributed.
6th Workshop on Instruments Care and Maintenance
Aravind – Salem, July 5


This year too, Aravind – Salem organised the workshop with Dr. B.Manohar Babu extending a warm welcome to the participants.  The workshop had 21 participants and 12 sessions. Certificates were distributed to all.
Mission Day
Aravind, July 7


Aravind Eye Hospital across the centres observed the 11th memorial day of Dr. G. Venkataswamy.  Shri. Vijay Poddar from Sri Aurobindo Society shared his view on Dr. V. Staff observed a moment of silence.
Continuing Medical Education
Aravind – Tirunelveli, July 9, 2017
A CME for staff of Vision Centres, Community Centre and Surgical Centre was organised to give them an update on the recent advanced lenses. Ms. Sivasankari, Opticals In-charge  welcomed the gathering and set the context of the CME.  Mr. Krishnan, Essilor India Limited gave an informative presentation on latest lenses.Mr. Ganesh, Founder - LIME gave an inspiring talk on Team Work. Using suitable examples, he made the session so interactive and interesting.  Lakshmi R, Manager - HR gave an orientation to NABH accreditation process. Ms. Shanmuga Sundari, Vision Centre Co-ordinator proposed a vote of thanks.The CME was highly informative and well appreciated by the participants.
7th World Glaucoma Congress – 2017
Helsinki, Finland, June 28 - July 1, 2017
Dr. Ramakrishnan 
- Glaucoma care in resource poor settings -  (Chairperson) 
- Alternative and complementary therapies for glaucoma

Dr. Devendra Maheswari
- A Short term analysis of Anterior chamber and Pars plana insertion of AADI implant (Poster)
- To compare the efficacy and safety of injectable Versus Sponge soaked MMC in patients undergoing Trabeculectomy (Poster)
- Safety and Efficacy of Mitomycin-C applied by subconjunctival injection Versus sponge method in Phacotrabeculectomy (Poster)

Dr. Manju Pillai
- Long term surgical outcome of primary congenital glaucoma in south India population

Dr. Sharmila 
- An analysis on severity of newly diagnosed primary open angle glaucoma patients presenting to a tertiary eye care centre in South India
Indian Intraocular Implant & Refractive Surgery Convention (IIRSI) Annual conference of intraocular implant and refractive society
Chennai, July 8-9
- The Oscar dream : Low cost, high definition surgical video recorder (Best Video Award)
- Surgical options for managing angle closure disease
- Co-chairman for the session on Ophthalmic surgery
- Manual small incision cataract surgery: why MSICS in the era of flacs
Asia Pacific Tele-Ophthalmology Society
Hongkong, July 15-17
Mr. R.D. Thulasiraj was the invited speaker and he delivered a talk on the topic, Teleophthalmology in India.
Coimbatore, July 15-16
Dr.Usha Kim
Thyroid eye disease clinical spectrum and medical management
Ptosis correction
Orbital fractures – Update on management 
Annual Conference of Indian Eye Research Group
Madurai, July 29-30
Oral presentations
Dr. Usha Kim
 - Why research in clinical practice?  

S. Ashwin Balaji
- Effect of cyclic IOP in outflow facility and activation of Rho A / Rock signal cascade in human eyes  

Dr. C. Sathya Priya
Whole genome assembly and annotation of Aspergillus flavus clinical isolates

Poster presentations
Sanil Joseph
- Effectiveness of telemedicine in identifying diabetic retinopathy cases compared with universal referral-a cluster randomised trial 

Lavanya K
- Identification of corneal epithelial stem cell specific Micrornas 

Dr. O.G. Ramprasad
- Novel Chemical Cross-Linking Of The Cornea For The Treatment Of Keratoconus

Mohammed Razeeth
- Fungal Infection Induce Peripheral Alternative Pathway Of Complement System 

Kathirvel K
- Analysis of mutations in the mexab-oprm efflux pump regulatory genes in ocular pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from keratitis patients 

Prakadeeswari Gopalakrishnan 
- Mthfr And Mthfd1 gene polymorphisms are not associated With Pseudoexfoliation Syndrome In South Indian population  

Ms.Nithya Lakshmi Sampath
- Quantitative determination of total Zag protein level in Keratitis patient tear  

Sangeetha Ramalingam
- Characterization of drug resistance and tolerance mechanisms in corneal isolates of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa obtained from keratitis patients

Durga Murugan
- Spectrum of mutations in the Carbohydrate Sulfotransferase 6 (Chst6) gene causing Macular Corneal Dystrophy (MCD) In Indian families 

Sandhya Krishnan
- Activation of alternative complement pathway in Mycotic Keratitis

V. Lakshmi Prabha
 - Identification and Characterisation Of Aspergillus Flavus exoproteome in early stages of propagation

Yogapriya S
- Identification and quantification of human trabecular meshwork stem cells 

Roopam Duvesh
- Evaluating the genetic association of candidate genes Loci with Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma in South Indian population 

Mohd Hussain Shah
- Identification and characterization of variants and a novel 4 bp deletion in the regulatory region, a risk factor for primary open angle glaucoma 

Manojkumar K
- Automated exome analysis pipeline using next generation sequencing data for eye diseases 

- Worldwide research productivity in pediatric eye health: A bibliometric analysis  

K. Thirumalai Raj
- Identification of Germline RB1 mutations and risk prediction in Retinoblastoma patients 

Vignesh P
- Comparison of c3 protein expression level in various diabetic retinopathy serum samples

Mohammed Gowth
- Role of telemedicine enabled rural vision centres enhancing eye care coverage – a retrospective study in a south Indian district 

Ranjani Singaraj 
- Analysis of serum microrna profiles from diabetic retinopathy patients 

Ms.S. Umadevi 
- A systematic bioinformatic approach to screen potential drug target in ocular pathogen chlamydia trachomatis 

Mr. A. Aloysius Abraham
- Role of duplications in tumor suppressor gene, rb1 in retinoblastoma  

Dr. Balamurugan 
- Analysis of polymerase chain reaction results with clinical diagnosis of ocular tuberculosis in a tertiary eye care centre in south India  

Dr.Piyush Kohli 
- Emerging antibiotic resistance among staphylococcus epidermidis in patients using antibiotics after intravitreal injections in pro-re-nata (prn) dose 

T. Shanthini
- Detection of Loss of Heterozygosity (LOH) using next generation sequencing in retinoblastoma cases  

Dr. Santhi. R 
- Relevance of unexplained peripheral eosinophilia and retinoblastoma in a tertiary eye care centre, new paradigm on peripheral blood eosinophilia and embryonal malignancy  

Ganesh-Babu Balu Subburaman 
- Eye Infobase: An innovative approach in building global repository of blindness and morbidity data by Lions Aravind Institute Of Community Opthalmology (LAICO), India   

Govindarajan. R 
- Ophthalmologists’ preferences on information characteristics – An opinion survey 
Eyexcel 2017
LAICO, July 11 – 14, 2017


10th batch of Eyexcel course was held at LAICO with 13 participating groups from 12 hospitals. A total of 32 participants attended the workshop.


Enrolments for July 2017 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for July 2017
Long Term Fellowship Programmes - For Ophthalmologists
General Ophthalmology
Anterior Segment / IOL Surgery
Retina - Vitreous
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Observership in Glaucoma
Management of ROP and Pediatric Retinal Disorders
Small Incision Cataract Surgery
Management courses
Eyexcel – Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training
  • Sahil Bhandari, Manas Nath, Kirandeep Kaur, Bharat Gurnani. Retrospective Multifactorial Analyses of Final Visual Outcome in Traumatic Cataract: study from tertiary eye care hospital. Indian J Applied Res. 2017 Aug;7 (8):316-18.
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  • Haripriya A, Baam ZR, Chang DF. Endophthalmitis Prophylaxis for Cataract Surgery. Asia Pac J Ophthalmol (Phila). 2017 Jul-Aug;6(4):324-329. 
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  • Karandikar SS, Manayath GJ, Saravanan V, Narendran S, Narendran V. Iatrogenic subretinal injection of Ozurdex® implant and its effect on macular edema.Oman J Ophthalmol. 2017 May-Aug;10(2):100-102.
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  • Prajna NV, Krishnan T, Rajaraman R, Patel S, Shah R, Srinivasan M, Das M, Ray KJ, Oldenburg CE, McLeod SD, Zegans ME, Acharya NR, Lietman TM, Rose-Nussbaumer J; Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial Group. Predictors of Corneal Perforation or Need for Therapeutic Keratoplasty in Severe Fungal Keratitis: A Secondary Analysis of the Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial II. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug 17. [Epub]
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  • Khan NA, Govindaraj P, Soumittra N, Sharma S, Srilekha S, Ambika S, Vanniarajan A, Meena AK, Uppin MS, Sundaram C, Bindu PS, Gayathri N, Taly AB, Thangaraj K. Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy-Specific Mutation m.11778G>A Exists on Diverse Mitochondrial Haplogroups in India. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2017 Aug 1;58 (10):3923-3930.
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  • Baskaran P, Ganne P, Bhandari S, Ramakrishnan S, Venkatesh R, Gireesh P. Extraocular needle- guided haptic insertion technique of scleral fixation intraocular lens surgeries (X-NIT). Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug;65 (8):747-750.
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  • Christy JS, Nath M, Mouttapa F, Venkatesh R. Learning curve of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery: Experience of surgeons new to femtosecond laser platform. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug;65(8):683-689.
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  • Lalitha P, Sengupta S, Ravindran RD, Sharma S, Joseph J, Ambiya V, Das T. A literature review and update on the incidence and microbiology spectrum of postcataract surgery endophthalmitis over past two decades in India. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug;65(8):673-677.
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Graduation Day in Aurolab
Aurolab, July 1


The programme began with prayer song. Ms.Devi welcomed the gathering. Managing Director, Joint Managing Director and the haeds of various divisions lit the holy lamp. Prizes were distributed to the rank holders. Ms.Mahalakshmi congratulated the team and narrated the roles and responsibilities of production staff. The programme ended a with Vote of thanks.
11th Memorial Day of Dr.V
Aurolab, July 7


The prayer meeting began with prayer. All the staff members paid homage to the chief by observing moment of silence. The life history of Dr.V video was screened. Mr.Venkateshwarn- Manager-Pharmacy QC shared his great experiences about our chief. The prayer meeting ended with Aravind Anthem.

July - 2017

RS Puram
Paying (New & Review) 59,061 8,964 29,418 35,800 28,157 6,691 4,576 12,110 3,698 5,115 2,994 1,96,584
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 19,396 2,289 7,911 11,554 10,007 NA 905 1,882 1,549 778 NA 56,271
Comprehensive Eye Camps 9,841 1,879 5,391 8,798 12,943 NA NA 773 112 282 NA 40,019
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 494 168 88 832 264 NA NA NA NA NA NA 1,846
Refraction Camps 2,183 132 964 2,670 602 NA 263 NA NA NA NA 6,814
Mobile Refraction Unit NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
School Screening camps 1621 176 319 79 1614 NA 1173 176 NA NA NA 5158
Paediatric Camps NA 245 NA 190 1069 NA NA NA NA NA NA 1504
Vision Centres 19,556 5,726 10,518 3,094 5,823   1,148   1,295 NA NA 47,160
Community Centres / City Centres 9,701 2,101 2,701 NA 2,746 NA NA NA NA NA NA 17,249
Total OP Examinations 1,21,853 21,680 57,310 63,017 63,225 6,691 8,065 14,941 6,654 6,175 2,994 3,72,605
Total Number of Camps 37 11 31 42 29 NA NA 7 1 2 NA 160
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 3,859 442 1,440 1,715 1,522 333 189 674 169 175 114 10,632
Free (Direct) 3,917 286 932 1,596 1,240 73 173 251 241 109 NA 8,818
Camp 3,578 360 1,138 2,401 2,810 NA 36 205 77 43 NA 10,648
Total Cataract Surgeries 11,354 1,088 3,510 5,712 5,572 406 398 1,130 487 327 114 30,098
Note: NA - Not Applicable