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With Dr. V’s birth centenary getting closer, all the centres of Aravind are vibrant with several activities to commemorate the unique occasion and to pay tribute to the noble soul. Several programmes have been planned, many already underway to celebrate this occasion in the most meaningful way.

The success of the vision centre model has attracted several eye care providers and governments. Aravind provides guidance and support to set up vision centres in their regions. As part of this, Aravind has been working with the Govt. of Bangladesh towards setting up similar centres all over the country. A team from Aravind visited National Institute of Ophthalmology and gave all the necessary support in establishing vision centres, which will soon be opened for the benefit of a large number of people. 

Aravind’s resident, Dr. K V Vaishali came out in flying colours at the recently held MS Ophthal university examinations receiving two gold medals. 

News about these and many more feature in this issue.



AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Dr. MGR Medical University Gold Medal for Dr. Vaishali K V
Aravind-Madurai

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Dr. Vaishali K V emerged as the university topper in the state of Tamil Nadu in the Post Graduate Degree course – MS Ophthalmology examinations. She won Thiru. C.K. Kumaraswamy 51st birthday commemoration Gold Medal for securing the highest mark and Dr. Rema Mohan Gold Medal. 
Awards at Annual Conference of Indian Eye Research Group
Hyderabad, July 27-29

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Ms. S. Yogapriya and Ms. K Lavanya, Department of Stem cell Biology received the best poster award. Ms. V. Lakshmi Prabha, Ms. V.Nivetha and Ms. T.Madhumithra won second prize in the quiz competition.  
Award for Senior MLOPs
Aravind-Tirunelveli, July 29

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Senior MLOPs -  Ms. M.N. Chidambaram, Nursing Superintendent;  Ms V Arumugam, Deputy Nursing Superintendent ; Ms. E.M. Maruthammal, Performer – Counselling;  Ms. R.A. Ramalakshmi, Supervisor – Counselling; Ms. V.G. Prema Baby, OP department; Ms. V.G Viji Kala, OP staff; Ms. G.V Susi Selvi, OT staff and Ms. S. Sathya, Supervisor - OT were appreciated with Certificate of Achievement for their selfless and efficient work in their respective departments. A special function was organized by the Lions Club of Tirunelveli Cosmos during which the certificates were given. 
NEWS AND EVENTS
Skill Enhancement for Eye Counsellors
Aravind-Chennai, July 6-7

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The series of workshop was started with a view to enhance the knowledge and skill of eye care counsellors. Counsellors assist patients in decision-making by giving detailed information about the surgical procedure, pre-operative care, post-operative care, discharge and follow-up. This builds confidence among patients and enhances patient satisfaction. The focus of the workshop is on improving knowledge about the clinical condition, treatment procedures, ophthalmic products and enhancing skills for effective counselling. The first in the series of this workshop was held at Aravind-Chennai with 29participants.
Mission Day 
Aravind July 7

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All centres including Aurolab observed Mission Day on the 12th memorial day of Aravind’s beloved founder, Dr. G. Venkataswamy. Staff members paid homage to Dr.V by observing a moment of silence. A video about Dr.V was screened. Senior members shared about their experiences of working with Dr. V. 
Newer insights in Cornea, Dry Eye & Glaucoma
Aravind-Chennai, July 14

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About 20 young ophthalmologists from various parts of India who have recently completed their ophthalmology training programme participated in this workshop conducted in association with Pfizer. The programme covered both basics and advances in Glaucoma, Cornea and Dry eye. Eminent speakers from Aravind centres and other hospitals in and around Chennai handled the sessions. 
Special Camp for Coast Guard Employees
Aravind-Tuticorin, Thursday, 05 July 2018

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A goodwill camp was conducted for Coast Guard staff and their family members at Indian Coast Guard Quarters by Aravind Eye Hospital, Tuticorin. The camp was inaugurated by Tuticorin Collector Mr.Sandeep Nanduri along with Coast Guard DIG SB.Venkatesh.
CONFERENCES ATTENDED ELSEWHERE
Annual Conference of Asia – Pacific Tele-ophthalmology Society
Singapore, July 6-8

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Dr. Karthik Srinivasan
- Tele-Ophthalmology initiatives in India – Aravind’s experience

Dr. Sankalp Sharma
- Routine fundus photography screening for posterior segment disease in vision centres: A stepped-wedge, cluster randomised trial in south India

Sanil Joseph
- Effectiveness of teleretinal imaging in identifying diabetic retinopathy compared with universal referral – A cluster randomised trial

Dr. Sankalp Sharma and Mr. Sanil Joseph received travel grant to attend the conference.
Ocular Traumacon - 2018
Chennai, July 13-15
Dr. R. Kim
- Traumatic globe perforation management

Dr. Naresh Babu
- Traumatic dislocated  crystalline lens management
25th Annual Conference of ARVO-India – Indian Eye research Group Meeting
Hyderabad, July 27-29, 2018

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Dr. P. Namperumalsamy delivered a special talk on the foundation of the IERG of which he was one of the founding members. R.D. Thulasiraj and Dr. Jill Keeffe ran an instruction course titled Bench to Bedside to the Population. The course aimed to provide an understanding about the process as to how the knowledge gained through research can be acted upon and applied.
Prof. K. Dharmalingam chaired Prof. D. Balasubramanian oration lecture. Dr. P. Sundaresan chaired the session on Molecular mechanisms in eye diseases. Dr. Lalitha Prajna chaired the session on Combating ocular infections. The following faculty members gave lectures during the pre-conference workshop on themes related to their area of research: Dr. C. Gowripriya on Ocular stem cells and regenerative medicine, Dr. S. Senthilkumari on Cell culture models in ocular pharmacology research, Dr. Bharanidharan on MicroRNAs and ocular infections, Dr. Lalitha Prajna on Proteomics approach to understand mycotic keratitis and Mr. R. D. Thulasiraj on IOL initiatives in India.

P. Saranya
- Presence of Stem cells in the central region of the human anterior lens epithelium

Ms.S.Yogapriya
- Age related reduction of stem cells in native  human trabecular meshwork cells

Ms.K.Lavanya
- Association of  hsa-mir-143-3p in the regulation of corneal epithelial stem cells

Ms.T.Shanthini
- RB1 promoter methylation analysis in Retinoblastoma patients

Ms. V.Lakshmi Prabha
- Comparative analysis of the exoproteome of Aspergillus flavus spores during the early  stages of growth: saprophyte versus corneal isolate

Mr.R. Kadarkarai Raj
- Molecular genetics of abca4 gene in Stargardt  Disease

Ms.T.Madhumithra
- Differential expression of genes related to steroid responsiveness in human trabecular meshwork cells

Dr.S.Uma Devi
- Metadata analysis towards the identification of dysregulated metabolic pathways in neovascular age related macular degeneration

Dr. O.G. Ramprasad
- Exploration of a novel chemical cross-linker for the treatment of Keratoconus

Ms. K.Lavanya, Ms.P.Saranya, Ms.T.Shanthini, Mr.R.Kadarkarai Raj, Dr.S.Umadevi and T.Madhumithra were selected for travel 
grants.
LAICO HAPPENINGS
Eyexcel Global – Nepal
Bhairava, Nepal, 25 - 28 July 2018

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For the first time, SEVA Foundation in association with LAICO organized “Eyexcel Global” at Nepal. Sr Rajeshwari V R, Supervisor – Refraction and Ms. Lakshmi. R, Manager, HR, Aravind-Tirunelveli were invited as guest speakers. The workshop was organized at Lumbini Eye Institute, Bhairava. 21 participants from 8 eye Hospitals of Nepal attended.
Setting up of Vision Centres in Collaboration with the Govt. of Bangladesh
Bangladesh, July 27- August 15

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In collaboration with National Institute of Ophthalmology, Bangladesh, Aravind works to replicate the vision centre model in the country. As part of this, Aravind team consisting of Dr. Arkaprava Pradhan, Mr.Mohammed Gowth, Mr. Oliver Selvam, Ms. Shanmuga Sundari and Ms. Rajathi visited NIO to help setup several vision centres pan Bangladesh.  
Eyexcel 2018
LAICO, July 16-20

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The tenth batch of Eyexcel training programme was held at LAICO with 30 participants from countries such as India, Egypt, Bangladesh and Kenya. 
TRAINING PROGRAMMES

Enrolments for July 2018 at Aravind Eye Care System

Course title
Training Centre
Enrolments for July 2018
Long Term Fellowship Programs - For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in Retina vitreous
Madurai
1
Pondicherry
1
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery
Coimbatore
2
Fellowship in Glaucoma
Madurai
2
Chennai
1
Coimbatore
1
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty
Madurai
1
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus
Madurai
1
Pondicherry
1
Fellowship in Cornea
Madurai
1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology
Coimbatore
2
Short Term Fellowships - For Ophthalmologists
Short term fellowship in orbit and oculoplasty
Madurai
1
Short Term Clinical Courses - For Ophthalmologists
Clinical Observership Program In Diagnosis and Management Of Glaucoma  
Madurai
1
Coimbatore
1
Tirunelveli
1
Lasers in Diabetic Retinopathy
Coimbatore
2
Madurai
2
Tirunelveli
1
Neuro Ophthalmology
Madurai
1
Management of Retinopathy of Prematurity
Coimbatore
1
Phacoemulsification
Madurai
1
Small incision cataract surgery
Pondicherry
2
Paramedical Courses
Orthoptist
Madurai
2
Ocularist
Madurai
1
Management courses
Eyexcel – Excellence in Eye Care Training 
LAICO
31
PUBLICATIONS
  • Khor WB, Prajna NV, Garg P, Mehta JS, Xie L, Liu Z, Padilla MDB, Joo CK, Inoue Y, Goseyarakwong P, Hu FR, Nishida K, Kinoshita S, Puangsricharern V, Tan AL, Beuerman R, Young A, Sharma N, Haaland B, Mah FS, Tu EY, Stapleton FJ, Abbott RL, Tiang-Hwee Tan D; ACSIKS GROUP. The Asia Cornea Society Infectious Keratitis Study: A Prospective Multicenter Study of Infectious Keratitis in Asia. Am J Ophthalmol. 2018 Aug 8. [Epub]
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  • Venu Gopal Reddy YC, Sharma A, Shetty AP, Abdul Kader SM. Iodate induced toxic retinopathy: a case report. Int J Retina Vitreous. 2018 Aug 1;4:27.
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  • O'Brien KS, Byanju R, Kandel RP, Poudyal B, Gautam M, Gonzales JA, Porco TC, Whitcher JP, Srinivasan M, Upadhyay M, Lietman TM, Keenan JD; Village-Integrated Eye Worker Trial Group. Village-Integrated Eye Worker trial (VIEW): rationale and design of a cluster-randomised trial to prevent corneal ulcers in resource-limited settings. BMJ Open. 2018 Aug 10;8(8):e021556.
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  • Lakshey Dudeja. Commentary: Precision pulse capsulotomy: new technology for capsulorhexis. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Sep;66 (9):1276.
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  • Seema R, Prabu Baskaran, Arti Jain. Traumatic expulsion of intact iris in toto. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Sep;66(9):1329.
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  • Balamurugan S. Commentary: Iatrogenic cytomegaloviral retinitis following intravitreal steroid implantation. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2018 Sep;66(9):1363.
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AUROLAB NEWS
Graduation Day
Aurolab, Wednesday, 25 July 2018

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Graduation day was held for the production staff at Aurolab. Prizes were distributed to the rank holders by Dr. P. Balakrishnan, Managing Director and Mr. Sriram, Joint Managing Director. Ms. Mahalakshmi Sriram narrated the roles and responsibilities of production staff.  
MONTHLY PATIENT STATISTICS

July - 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) 62,192 9,059 30,180 34,444 27,488 7,329 4,911 12,096 3,951 5,275 3,373 11,928 2,12,226
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 20,154 2,455 7,934 11,031 9,804 NA 1,212 2,033 1,535 980 NA 4,089 61,227
OUTREACH OUT PATIENT
Comprehensive Eye Camps 10,460 1,674 4,982 7,020 8,461 NA NA 1,759 NA 268 NA 1,341 35,965
Diabetic Retinopathy camps 1,015 186 305 828 701 NA 46 42 NA NA NA NA 3,123
Glaucoma Camps NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Refraction Camps 1,815 141 1,010 1,891 427 NA NA 423 NA NA NA NA 5,707
Mobile Refraction Unit NA NA NA 3,135 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 3,135
School Screening camps 1,342 659 524 2,025 1,060 NA 1,392 516 NA NA NA NA 7518
Paediatric Camps NA NA NA NA 1,152 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 1,152
Vision Centres 24,044 5,314 12,916 4,900 7,755 NA 1,051 NA 1,441 NA NA NA 57,421
Community Centres / City Centres 10,041 2,035 2,867 NA 2,972 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 17,915
Total OP Examinations 1,31,063 21,523 60,718 65,274 59,820 7,329 8,612 16,869 6,927 6,523 3,373 17,358 4,05,389
Total Number of Camps 41 11 26 35 27 NA NA 11 NA 2 NA 4 157
SURGERIES
Service Proportion of Cataract Surgeries
Paying 3,941 456 1,548 1,717 1,766 307 226 756 193 180 106 641 11,837
Free (Direct) 4,084 308 1,058 1,470 1,089 193 167 285 257 129 NA 221 9,261
Camp 3,301 333 1,392 2,236 2,638 NA 63 291 54 29 NA 177 10,514
Total Cataract Surgeries 11,326 1,097 3,998 5,423 5,493 500 456 1,332 504 338 106 1,039 31,612
Note: NA - Not Applicable
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