Aravind News Team

Let your faith be bigger than your fear!

Four decades have gone since the establishment of the very first Aravind Eye Hospital. Since then, Aravind has been slowly expanding to different cities; serving millions of people.  Aravind centres in Tirunelveli and Pondicherry celebrated their 31st and 16th annual days respectively with a grand function.
Vision centres have proved to be an excellent model of reaching the rural masses. Aravind is ever grateful to Aravind Eye Foundation for its continuing support in setting up these centres. Recently, Aravind opened its 74th vision centre in Thuvarankurichi and the team Aravind Eye Foundation graced the occasion with their presence.
LAICO has been engaging with several hospitals in the sub-saharan region in an effort to improve their cataract surgical rate. The service continues and the second phase of the project was started last year. As part of this, onsite visit was made by the Aravind team to provide necessary inputs.
News about these and many more feature in this issue.

Best Paper Award
Vellore, February 01 & 02
Mr. Vengadesan, Manager, Quality Assurance, Aravind-Pondicherry won Best Paper Award for the paper titled “Patient Engagement Approach to Improve Patient safety and Quality in High Volume Ophthalmic Care” in SHOQ- CON 2019 held at Christian Medical College, Vellore. 
Awards at Annual Conference of All India Ophthalmological Society
Indore, February 14-17
Dr. Haripriya Aravind won Sante Vision Award for the best paper in cataract.  
Doctors’ Freshers’ Day
Aravind-Tirunelveli, February 01


Fresher’s Day for the newly joined postgraduates was celebrated at Aravind-Tirunelveli. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan and Dr. Meenakshi were invited as the chief guests. Dr. Divya welcomed the gathering, followed by self-introduction of the post graduates. Cultural programmes like skit and dance were staged. Dr. R. Ramakrishnan and Dr. Meenakshi gave an inspiring speech and explained the importance of freshers’ day. Dr. Divya proposed a vote of thanks.
Eye Donation Awareness Programme
Dindigul, January 29


Rotary Queen City, Dindigul organised an awareness programme on eye donation for its members. Mr. D. Saravanan, Manager, Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank, Madurai handled the session and over 80 participants attended.
Awareness Session on Thyroid
Aravind-Madurai, February 08
Dr. Pandiyan, Diabetologist from Shenbagam Hospital handled the session very lively. He explained about the symptoms of thyroid and treatment options. Over 130 participants attended the session which was very interactive and informative. 
Moments of Relaxation 
Aravind-Tuticorin, February 17


As part of employee welfare activity, the staff were taken on a one day tour to Thalaianai (Rayagiri Hills), Srivilliputtur Andal temple and Irukkangudi Mariamman Temple.

Training Programme for Staff of Opticals
Aravind-Tirunelveli, February 14-15


A session on Customer satisfaction was conducted in two batches by Ms N Ananthalakshmi, AGM – Education & Professional services, Essilor India Private Ltd for the staff of Opticals department.  
Using practical examples, Ms. Ananthalakshmi made the training sessions very interesting and informative.
Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR) Programme
Aravind-Tirunelveli, February 24


The IVth Module of CCDR programme was inaugurated at Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli.  Dr. R. Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer welcomed the participants and gave a brief note on the evolution of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening and Treatment at Aravind in the past 2 decades. Mr. Hariesh Kumar, Project Manager-DR gave a brief overview on the ongoing QEDJT-DR Project in Tirunelveli District. Mr. Manoj Joshi, Programme Manager- PHFI, Gurgaon gave a brief talk on CCDR and the significance of the IVth Module. Dr. Syed Mohamed, Senior Consultant, Aravind-Tirunelveli proposed the vote of thanks. Lakshmi R,  Manager HR, co-ordinated the inauguration ceremony.

12 Medical Officers from Department of Public Health and PHCs and 3 Private practitioners were enrolled for the programme. QEDJT-DR Project in Tiruneveli is facilitating this programme for the Medical Officers in Government PHCs. Dr. Syed Mohamed, Senior Consultant, Aravind-Tirunelveli and Dr. Sivan Arul Selvan, Endocrinologist, Tirunelveli were the faculty.  The CCDR Program is conducted once a month and is week-end contact course. Certificate will be awarded to the participants jointly by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Centre for Chronic Diseases Control (CCDC), Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA) and Aravind Eye Care System (AECS).
Opening of Aravind’s 74th Vision Centre
Thuvarankurichi, February 22


Sponsored by Aravind Eye Foundation, Aravind’s 74th Vision Centre was opened at Thuvarankuruchi. Dr. Christine Melton, President, Aravind Eye Foundation inaugurated the centre. AEF Board members - Donna Campbell, Sriram Viswanathan and Meena Roberts, Dr. Richard Hirschman, Dr. Suzanne Gilbert from Seva Foundation, Dr. Alan Richards From Louisiana State University and  Mr.Thulasiraj R.D, Executive Director-LAICO graced the occasion. Dr.Kowsalya, In charge-Vision centre, Dr. Leenu Jerris, Medical Officer; Vision Centre Managers-Mr. Mohammed Gowth and Ms. Jhansi Sunitha, Sr. Pitchaimeena  and senior staff attended the ceremony.The  team examined 126 patients on the inaugural day. Field workers Mr.Rajapandian, Mr Nagalingam and  Mr. Raman coordinated the publicity, awareness creation, fixing of community boards and also supported in inviting key people from the community for inauguration.
Guest lecture on Updates and Controversies in ROP Management
Aravind-Madurai, February 21


Dr. Alan B Richards from Louisiana State University, USA gave a lecture on “Updates and Controversies in ROP Management at Aravind-Madurai, and all other Aravind Centres were connected through tele conferencing.
Training on MiLoop Technique
Aravind-Madurai, February 25&26


Dr. Barbara C. Erny, MD, ASCRS Foundation Medical Liaison for International Programs visited Aravind-Madurai to train IOL doctors on "MiLoop technique”. Dr. Madhu Shekhar, Dr. Aruna Pai and Dr. Gomathi Ramya got personalized hands-on training on this technique both in the wetlab and operation theatre. She gave a lecture on "MiLoop technique" to IOL staff in other centtres through teleconference.
Hospital Day


Aravind-Tirunelveli, February  9
Dr Bradford Shingleton, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants from Boston, USA was invited as Chief Guest for the 31st annual day celebrations of Aravind-Tirunelveli.   Dr. R.D Ravindran, Chairman-Aravind Eye Care System, and Mr. R.D Sriram, Managing Director-Aurolab, and Mr. Nagoor Meeran were the guests of honor. Dr. Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Tirunelveli welcomed the gathering.  Dr. Shivkumar, Senior Medical Officer presented the annual report.  Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Dr. RD Ravindran, Mr. RD Sriram offered felicitations.  Dr. Bradford Shingleton gave an inspirational speech and congratulated the staff for their selfless service. As a mark of respect and recognition of the efforts put in, cash awards and certificates were distributed to the staff members.   Following this, various cultural programmes like Bharathanatiyam, folk dance, and singing, Tamil poem recitation were performed by doctors, MLOPs and other staff.  Dr. Padmavathy, Chief, Neuro-ophthalmology clinic proposed a vote of thanks.

Aravind-Pondicherry, February 23
Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry completed 16 years of its glorious service. Hospital day was celebrated in a grand manner with Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty, Visiting Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok as the Guest of Honour. 

The function started with prayer song.  Dr. R. Venkatesh, Chief Medical Officer welcomed the gathering.  Dr. Rajesh, Cornea Consultant presented the achievement report for the year 2018.  Research and Service awards were distributed by Dr. Brahmanand Mohanty, Dr. Barbara Erny, ASCRS Foundation, USA and Dr. R. Venkatesh. Various cultural programmes were also staged. 
7th Asian Invitational Conference on Family Business
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, February 01-03
Dr. Aravind
- Sustaining and Growing Social Entrepreneurship
Annual Meeting of Indian Society of Human Genetics
Kalyani, West Bengal, January 30-February 01
Dr. A. Vanniarajan, Scientist, AMRF attended the meeting and got an opportunity to interact with national and international delegates. He also visited the Core Genomics Facility at National Institute of BioMedical Genomics, Kolkata.
All India Ophthalmic Society (AIOS) Conference
Indore, February 14-17


Dr. Usha Kim
- Management of Ptosis
- Frontalis Sling in severe Ptosis - Best option: Silastic Sling, Facia Lata
- What works surgically for Orbital tumors?
- Physical Poster - Clinical Profile of pigmented Lid Tumors in a Tertiary Eye Care in India by Dr. Meghana Tanwar, Dr. Usha. R, Dr. Sabyasachi. C

Free posters 
- Searching Beyond Nevi - Rare case of Neurocutaneous Ocular Syndrome - Dr. Pooja Kulkarni, Dr. Usha Kim
- Spectrum of orbital tumors in children and adolescents in tertiary Eye care system in South India-Dr. Gunja Chowdhury, Dr. Usha Kim
- Searching Beyond Nevi - Rare case of Neurocutaneous Ocular Syndrome - Dr. Pooja Kulkarni, Dr. Usha Kim
- A Rare case of spontaneous Globe Luxation in Luckenschadel (Lacunar) Skull Dr. Rekha Sreedhar, Dr. Usha. R
- Free Poster A Rare case of Paediatric Choroidal Melanoma in a 10 year old girl - Dr. Vigneshwar. R, Dr. Usha. R
- A Rare Association - Waardenburg syndrome & Retinoblastoma - Dr. Harini Krishna. B, Dr. Usha. R
- Orbital Schwannoma- A Case Report -Presenting author – Dr. Piyush Bajaj
- Significance of information to patients before cataract surgery:
A prospective study - Presenting author – Dr.  Piyush Baja

Chaired the sessions
- My Problem Resident
- Debates & Controversies - Oculoplasty
- Who works in Oculoplasty
- Ocular Pathology/Ocular Oncology & Tumors

As a Judge for Physical posters

Dr. Haripriya
- Instruction course: Compromised corneal endothelium, high myopes, Post VR surgery eyes
- Instruction course: Repositioning malpositioned IOLs with Iris fixation techniques
- Instruction course: What to do if it sinks? Role of a cataract surgeon in a drop
- Symposium: Active fluidics and balanced energy to deal with challenging cataracts
- Great Debate: Intracameral antibiotics- YES
- Cataract Paper: Pseudoexfoliation Study: 5 year post-operative results

Dr. Kim
- Co-Instructor: IC310-Newer vistas in imaging of diabetic retinopathy 
- Gp48-Novel approach to reach the doorstep for DR Screening : Smart India study interim results
- GP98-Top innovation of 2018
- GP44-Real Life Experience with AI for DR screening

Dr. Naresh Babu
- IC354-Surgical Management of submacular haemorrhage
- 3D surgery in macular Drusens-symptoms
- Judge: PG thesis & and Physical posters
- Chief instructor: Trauma 10FVB

Dr. Vignesh
- Paper: Subthreshold micropulse yellow laser for the treatment of central serous chorio retinopathy

Dr. Shah Pratik
- Instruction course: On macular surgery

Dr. P. Sundarean, Scientist-AMRF delivered an invited talk on “Update on Molecular Genetics of Eye Diseases” at the Global Eye Genetics Consortium session.

Dr. Rathinam
Early Immuno Modulatory treatment in Acute VKH-NO Debate
IC- Uveitis: Scleritis, Episcleritis: Active, Sequelae, Atrophic

Dr. Jyoti  
Effect of amblyopia on visual function and vep response (Free paper)

 Dr. Anwesha Manna 
A case of bilateral SO palsy following VP shunt for obstructive hydrocephalus of tubercular origin (poster)

Dr. Chanchal Gadodiya
Posture with smart phone app compared  A study of measurement of abnormal head with CROM (Free paper)

Aurolab introduced 2 step slit lamp with beam splitter camera and imaging software for the first time in the market.  

Focus Products and New updates:
- e-see Autorefractor with stand
- Aurovue Dfine- Promoted with Stand-alone Angle Kappa device for multifocal patient selection and Visual disturbance software
- Humming bird - Phaco Machine upgraded with variable sound notification
- X-Nit for haptic exteriorization in scleral fixation surgery
- Aurolase workstation with touch screen display
- iScope (Retinoscope and Ophthalmoscope) with Keeler optics

Aurolab also organised Aravind Alumni doctors meet at Wow Hotel, Indore and around 80 Alumni attended the meeting.
International Conference on Advances in Healthcare Management Services
IIM, Ahmedabad, February 16-17
Dr. Aravind
- Decoding a purpose driven organization 
CII Entrepreneur Conclave
Chennai, February 14


Dr. Aravind addressed the audience at the CII entrepreneur Conclave on New Age Entrepreneurship.
Aqua-Terr Golden Jubilee International conference on Genome Biology and Host Defence: Bacteria to Mammals
Madurai Kamaraj University, February 27 to March 1, 2019


Prof. VR. Muthukkaruppan
Was invited to introduce the guest of honour, Max D.Cooper from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University School of Medicine; Emory University, Atlanta, USA.

Invited talks
Prof. K. Dharmalingam
Proteoforms in Eye Diseases 

Dr. P.Sundaresan
Update on the Molecular Genetics of Eye Diseases

Poster presentations 
Expression profiling of serum miRNA in Diabetic Retinopathy patients

Surface proteome and surface morphology of melanised and non-melanised conidiophores of Aspergillus flavus

Mr.Jeyaprakash, Ms.Swathi and Dr.O.G. Ramprasad were attended the meeting.
International Digital Health Symposium
New Delhi, February 27
Dr. R. Kim participated and shared his inputs at the symposium.
ACCESS Phase II – Onsite Support
Kisii, Kenya, February 16-March 3


As part of the phase two of ACCESS project, Aravind team consisting of Dr. K. Tiruvengadakrishnan, Mr. Mohammed Gowth, Ms. Mariammal, Aravind-Tirunelveli and Ms. Mari selvi, Aravind- Tuticorin visited Kisii Eye Hospital, Kisii, Kenya to provide support in the areas of OPD and operation theatre management, refraction, counselling and outreach. Recommendations were given to improve the care delivery process, promoting the services and efficiency of the system.
Training of Ophthalmologists at Bugando Medical Centre
Mwanza, Tanzania, February 18-25, 2019


Dr. V.R. Vivekanadan was at Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania from February 18-25, 2019 to train the ophthalmologists there.
Conference on Advances in Clinical Genomics
AMRF, February 09


Asa part of the DBT Centre of Excellence project on “Translational Genomics of Paediatric Eye Diseases”, AMRF organised this one day conference under the able guidance of Dr. P. Sundaresan, Dr. D. Bharanidharan and Dr. A.Vanniarajan at Aravind Medical Research Foundation. Dr. P. Sundaresan welcomed the delegates and introduced the speakers. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, President, AMRF delivered the presidential address and emphasized the need for clinician and researcher interaction for better management of genetic diseases. Prof. K. Dharmalingam gave the inaugural address and described the human genome projects in India. 

The conference included talks by four speakers from leading institutes of Bangalore and Chennai along with five speakers from AMRF and Aravind Eye Hospital. A wide spectrum of topics in clinical genomics including gene discovery, gene therapy, data analysis, functional validation, clinical management were discussed in detail. There was a clear emphasis on the involvement of both clinicians and researchers for the interpretation of the genetic data towards better patient care. 

60 participants including faculty, research scholars and post graduate students from different institutions attended the meeting. Certificates were distributed to all the participants. 

Session concluded with a special note by Dr. Dharmalingam to students on the importance of learning newer techniques. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vanniarajan.

Enrolments for February 2019 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for February 2019
Long Term Fellowship Programs - For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in IOL & Anterior Segment
Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Cornea
Fellowship in Glaucoma
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty
Fellowship in Retina Vitreous
Short Term Clinical courses - For Ophthalmologists
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders
Small incision cataract surgery
Paramedical Courses
Refraction techniques
Instrument maintenance courses
Instrument maintenance course for technicians
  • Shivananda N, Neeta Pal, Korir F. Scleral Patch Graft with Fibrin Adhesive for Post Pterygium Scleral Thinning. J Curr Med Res Opin. 2019;2(2):80-82
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  • Adulkar NG, Radhakrishnan S, Vidhya N, Usha Kim. Invasive sino-orbital fungal infections in immunocompetent patients: a clinico-pathological study. Eye (Lond). 2019 Feb 14. [Epub]
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  • Krishnadas R. Current management options in primary angle closure disease. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:321-3.
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  • Ranjan R, Shah PK, Narendran V. Curious case of retrolental mass: An unusual tele-screening artifact. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:415-6.
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  • Abraham A, Thirumalairaj K, Gaikwad N, Muthukkaruppan V, Reddy AG, Thangaraj K, Kim U, Vanniarajan A. Retinoblastoma discordance in families with twins. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:436-9.
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  • Gurnani B, Kaur K and Gireesh P. Traumatic Anterior Dislocation of the Crystalline lens in a White Eye and its Surprising Post-operative Outcome. J Trauma Treat. 2019;8:1.
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  • Kannan T, Bharanidharan D, Lalitha Prajna, Vidyarani M. Mechanisms of Fluoroquinolone and Aminoglycoside Resistance in Keratitis-Associated Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Microbiol Drug Resis. 2019 [Epub]
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  • Palanisamy Manikandan, Ahmed Abdel-hadi, Yendrembam Randhir Babu Singh, Rajaraman Revathi, Raghavan Anita, Saeed Banawas, Abdul Aziz Bin Dukhyil, Bader Alshehri, Coimbatore Subramanian Shobana, Kanesan Panneer Selvam, Venkatapathy Narendran. Fungal Keratitis: Epidemiology, Rapid Detection, and Antifungal Susceptibilities of Fusarium and AspergillusIsolates from Corneal Scrapings. BioMed Research International. 2019;2019:6395840.
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  • Sachin Gupta, Ravilla D. Ravindran, Ganesh-Babu B. Subburaman, Ashok Vardhan S, Thulasiraj Ravilla. Predictors of patient compliance with follow-up after cataract surgery. J Cataract Refract Sur. 2019 Feb. [Epub]
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  • Munavalli JR, Rao SV, Aravind S, van Merode GG. Integral patient scheduling in outpatient clinics under demand uncertainty to minimize patient waiting times. Health Informatics J. 2019 Mar 8. [Epub]
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Medical Fair 2019
Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi, February 21-23
Aurolab participated in 25th International exhibition of Medical Fair, organised by Messe Dussoldorf. 
ANVISA Brazil Audit
Aurolab, February 18-21


ANVISA inspection was conducted to ensure the Brazilian GMP compliance in Aurolab.  Aurolab has applied ANVISA certificate for medical devices such as IOLs, HPMC, Dyes, Suture needles and Blades. The inspection was completed successfully with very few recommendations.  
Guest Lecture on Hypertension
Aurolab, February 27
Dr. Manoj, Consultant Physician from Vadamalayan Hospital handled the session. He explained about the condition and its risk factors. The staff felt the session highly informative.
Lecture on Premium IOL Characterization and Performance
Aurolab, February 19
Dr. Krishna Kumar Venkateswaran, Founder of Tatvum Research Corp., Irvine, USA visited Aurolab and gave a lecture on “Premium IOL characterization and performance” to Aravind’s IOL doctors via tele conferencing.

February - 2019


Udumal pet

Tuti corin
Paying (New & Review) 52,166 7,800 26,714 28,726 21,671 5,994 4,001 10,744 3,354 4,986 2,955 14,195 1,83,306
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 14,931 2,017 6,889 9,520 7,984 NA 1,186 1,830 1,548 899 NA 3,190 49,994
Comprehensive Eye Camps 8,265 2,357 3,561 6,691 5,521 NA 248 1,462 NA 320 NA 1,433 29,858
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 698 221 21 1,661 266 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2,867
Refraction Camps 569 1,011 1,180 2,168 706 NA 259 189 NA NA NA NA 6,082
Mobile Refraction Unit NA NA NA 516 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 516
School Screening camps 179 NA 508 150 NA NA 1,036 NA NA NA NA NA 1873
Paediatric Camps NA 400 NA 230 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 630
Vision Centres 23,506 5,770 12,447 4,496 7,364 NA 1,111 NA NA NA NA NA 54,694
Community Centres / City Centres 9,079 1,922 2,550 NA 2,656 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 16,207
Total OP Examinations 1,09,393 21,498 53,870 54,158 46,168 5,994 7,841 14,225 4,902 6,205 2,955 18,818 3,46,027
Total Number of Camps 38 11 24 33 28 NA 2 7 NA 3 NA 7 153
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 2,912 325 1,243 1,330 1,226 226 186 511 195 197 114 705 9,170
Free (Direct) 2,362 222 663 1,449 907 142 189 256 303 136 14 225 6,868
Camp 2,747 293 739 1,751 1,377 NA 89 244 45 27 NA 120 7,432
Total Cataract Surgeries 8,021 840 2,645 4,530 3,510 368 464 1,011 543 360 128 1,050 23,470
Note: NA - Not Applicable