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A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - Thomas Carlyle 
Editorial

Retinoblastoma, the cancer of the eye is the most common intraocular tumour in children. Unfortunately because of low awareness level, children are brought for eye examination at an advanced stage of the disease which makes it quite challenging to save the life and vision of the patient. To create awareness about this grave disease, Aravind centres observed Retinoblastoma Awareness Week in the month of May. 

Aravind primary eye care centres have proved to be a successful model of providing quality eye care to the rural masses and this concept is being replicated in many parts of the country. Aravind continues its mission of taking eye care to the needy by opening such centres in several parts of the state.

The unique employee welfare activity, Kodaikondattam – the annual summer camp organised for the children of Aravind staff turned out to be unique experience of fun and learning for all the participants.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.



AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Special Recognition on International Nurses’ Day
Aravind-Tirunelveli, May 12
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Ms. Saravana Selvi, Incharge of Sankarankoil Community Centre was felicitated by Red Cross Society on the eve of International Nurses Day.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Valedictory Function of Summer Camp
Aravind – Madurai, 12 May 2018

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Janakiamma Child Care Centre at Aravind-Madurai organised summer camp for the children of employees. 50 children in the age group of 7 to 13 participated in the well planned camp, which included treks, outbound learning sessions and several educational programmes. 
Awareness programme about Hypertension
Aravind – Madurai, 18 May 2018
Aravind-Madurai commemorated World Hypertension Day with an awareness talk on hypertension by Dr. R.Ramesh, cardiologist, Victoria Hospital, Madurai.
Hospital Day Celebrations of Aravind-Tuticorin
Aravind-Tuticorin, May 18

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12th annual day of Aravind-Tuticorin was celebrated with a variety of programmes. Manager, Mr.Nammalvar, welcomed the gathering. Dr.S.Kanimozhi-Medical Officer presented the annual report for the year 2017. Dr. R.Ramakrishnan, Chief Medical Officer,Aravind-Tirunelveli delivered special address. Dr.Selvaraj-Director of SRRA Hospital, Mrs.Swarnalatha- Senior Advocate-Tuticorin, Dr.Kailasam-Medical Officer, Sterlite delivered felicitations. Following this, various cultural programmes were staged. Dr.G.Anitha -Senior Medical Officer, Aravind-Tuticorin proposed a vote of thanks. 
World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week
Aravind, May 12

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To observe World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week, special programmes were arranged at Aravind-Madurai and Coimbatore. The highlight of these was the family get-together of Retinoblastoma survivors. A total of 92 retinoblastoma patients were registered at Coimbatore and were examined thoroughly by doctors from the departments of Paediatric Retina, Orbit and Paediatric ophthalmology. At Madurai, 40 children along with their family members attended the programme. Several entertainment activities were also arranged in both the centres and gifts were distributed.
Inauguration of Watrap Vision Centre
Aravind-Madurai, May 21

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Aravind’s 67th Vision Centre was inaugurated at Watrap by Dr. V.P.Ravichandran, Medical consultant, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai. Several community leaders and eminent persons attended the occasion. 68 patients were screened on the inaugural day. 
CME on Low Vision Rehabilitation
Aravind-Salem, May 19-20, 2018

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The CME had 17 lectures, two hands-on sessions, and case presentation by delegates. 265 people attended including ophthalmologists, teachers and students of optometry, optometrists from primary health centres, Block Ophthalmic Assistants, and professors from special schools. Faculty members included Aravind team - Dr. P.Vijayalakshmi, Dr. Sandra Ganesh, Mrs. Flora;  LVPEI team - Dr.Beula Christy, Dr. Deepak K Bagga, Mr. Karthik Bhushan and  Mrs. Mahalakshmi;  Dr. Tanuja Britto from St.Joseph’s Eye Hospital, and Dr. Ilango from Velammal Medical College.
Motivational Session for Ophthalmic Assistants
Aravind-Tirunelveli, 10 May 2018
A motivational session for MLOPs and Admin staff members was arranged by Brahma Kumaris.  The session was so inspiring and encouraging.
CONFERENCES ATTENDED ELSEWHERE
Asia Cornea Society Meeting
Qingdao, China, May 16-18

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Dr. N.Venkatesh Prajna
- TPK for fungal keratitis 

Dr. Naveen R
- Corneal collagen cross-linking for fungal keratitis
- Infections in Keratoprosthesis
- The barrier framework of patients requiring therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty for infectious keratitis 

Dr. Lalitha Prajna
- Fungal keratitis: Role of MICs and Repeat cultures on clinical outcome
Annual meeting of Association for Research in Vision and Opthalmology (ARVO) 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, April 29 – May 3

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Prof. K. Dharmalingam,   Dr.P. Sundaresan, Dr. S. Senthilkumari, Dr. Jeya Maheshwari,  Ms Yogapriya from AMRF and Dr. Ashok Vardhan from AEH, Madurai attended  the meeting.
Poster presentations:

Dr. P. Sundaresan
- Targeted sequencing to identify the candidate gene in two south Indian POAG families
He was also the moderator for one of the ARVO posters session

Dr. S. Senthilkumari
- Enhanced aqueous outflow facility in human eyes by sb772077b, a new Rho kinase inhibitor 

Dr. S. Yogapriya
- Age related cell loss in Human Trabecular Meshwork is associated with loss of stem-like cells in the Schwalbe's line region 

Dr. J. Jeya Maheswari
- Analysis of fluid phase complement system activation in diabetic retinopathy 

Dr. Ashok Vardhan
- How many Cataract surgeries are needed in a given population? 
LAICO HAPPENINGS
Consultancy Visits
As part of the African Centres of Excellence in Cataract Surgical Services Network (ACCESS ) project, visits were made to  City Eye Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya; Kisi Eye Hospital, Kisi, Kenya; Eye Foundation, Nigeria and Kitwe Eye Hospital, Zambia. A review meeting was held subsequently in Kenya analyzing the performance of all these hospitals towards achieving the project goal.
TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Enrolments for May 2018 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for May 2018
Long Term Fellowship Programs - For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in IOL & Anterior Segment
Coimbatore
1
Fellowship in Comprehensive Ophthalmology
Salem
1
Fellowship in Cornea
Madurai
1
Tirunelveli
1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology
Chennai
1
Fellowship in Glaucoma
Madurai
1
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty
Madurai
2
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology
Madurai
1
Coimbatore
1
Tirunelveli
1
Fellowship in Uvea
Coimbatore
1
Short Term Fellowships - For Ophthalmologists
Short term Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty
Madurai
1
Short Term Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma  
Madurai
2
Tirunelveli
1
Coimbatore
1
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Coimbatore
1
Podicherry
1
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity and Paediatric Retinal Disorders
Coimbatore
2
Phacoemulsification
Coimbatore
2
Madurai
3
Pondicherry
1
Small incision cataract surgery
Madurai
2
Paramedical courses
Ocularist
Madurai
1
Non-Clinical - Instrument Maintenance Courses
Instrument Maintenance - For Ophthalmologists
Madurai
1
PUBLICATIONS
  • MacIntosh PW, Shah V. Steroids in the Management of Synkinesis after Traumatic Oculomotor Palsy in India. Neuroophthalmology. 2017 Sep 14;42(3):135-138.
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  • Sachin Gupta, Haripriya Aravind, Ashok Vardhan S, Thulasiraj RD, Ravindran RD. Residents’ Learning Curve for Manual Small-Incision Cataract Surgery at Aravind Eye Hospital, India. Ophthalmology. 2018 May 31 [Epub].
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  • Madanagopalan VG, Suman Das, Ramkumar R. Clear Vitreous Cyst and Iridescence. Ophthalmology Retina. 2018 Jun;2(6):557.
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  • Manish Tandon, M.Y. Vishal, Piyush Kohli, Renu P. Rajan, Kim Ramasamy. Supplemental Laser for Eyes Treated with Bevacizumab Monotherapy in Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity. Ophthalmology Retina. 2018 June;2(6):623-628.
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  • Homa M, Galgóczy L, Manikandan P, Narendran V, Sinka R, Csernetics Á, Vágvölgyi C, Kredics L, Papp T. South Indian Isolates of the Fusarium solani Species Complex From Clinical and Environmental Samples: Identification, Antifungal Susceptibilities, and Virulence. Front Microbiol. 2018 May 23;9:1052.
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  • Kumar JS, Saxena D, Parida M, Rathinam S. Evaluation of real-time reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplificationassay for clinical diagnosis of West Nile virus in patients. Indian J Med Res. 2018 Mar;147(3):293-298.
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  • Manayath GJ, Ranjan R, Shah VS, Karandikar SS, Saravanan VR, Narendran V. Central serous chorioretinopathy: Current update on pathophysiology and multimodal imaging. Oman J Ophthalmol. 2018 May-Aug;11(2):103-112.
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  • Thulasiraj RD. Paradigm shift – For effective management of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jul;66 (7):893-894.
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  • Giridhar A, Jay Sheth, Muna B, Raja Narayanan, Sundaram N, Anand R, George Manayath, Parveen Sen, Rupak Biswas, Alay Banker, Charu Gupta. Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: Pearls in diagnosis and management. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jul;66(7):896-908.
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  • Madanagopalan VG, Nagesha CK, Girish V, Santosh D, Balamurugan S. Frosted branch angiitis with penetrating ocular trauma and retained intraocular foreign body. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Jul;66(7):1031-1032.
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MONTHLY PATIENT STATISTICS

April - 2018

Hospitals
Madurai
Theni
Tirunelveli
Coimbatore
Pondi
cherry
Dindigul
Tirupur
Salem

Udumal pet

Tuti corin
CBE CC
Chennai
Total
HOSPITAL OUT-PATIENT VISITS
Paying (New & Review) 55,138 7,907 26,775 31,659 23,954 6,031 4,094 10,620 3,310 4,570 2,916 8,594 1,85,568
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 16,879 1,949 6,753 10,412 8,867 NA 606 1,839 1,711 914 NA 2,803 52,733
OUTREACH OUT PATIENT
Comprehensive Eye Camps 8,002 1,164 3,598 5,766 5,902 NA NA 1,082 NA 45 NA 488 26,047
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 665 244 NA 561 407 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 1,877
Glaucoma Camps NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Refraction Camps 1,084 286 1,173 398 314 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 3,255
Mobile Refraction Unit NA NA NA 831 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 831
School Screening camps 267 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 267
Paediatric Camps NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Vision Centres 19,987 5,047 10,352 3,987 6,182 NA 959 NA 999 NA NA NA 47,513
Community Centres / City Centres 8,463 1,824 2,605 NA 2,661 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 15,553
Total OP Examinations 1,10,485 18,421 51,256 53,614 48,287 6,031 5,659 13,541 6,020 5,529 2,916 11,885 3,33,644
Total Number of Camps 42 10 23 31 20 NA NA 8 NA 1 NA 1 136
SURGERIES
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 3,481 424 1,381 1,729 1,458 244 226 663 220 202 123 411 10,562
Free (Direct) 3,691 265 824 1,695 1,179 NA 186 275 345 130 NA 191 8,781
Camp 2,773 230 940 3,321 2,112 NA 35 285 93 23 NA 49 9,861
Total Cataract Surgeries 9,945 919 3,145 6,745 4,749 244 447 1,223 658 355 123 651 29,204
Note: NA - Not Applicable
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