Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Devicharan's mother is now hopeful of a better future for him

Sridevi Kolusu hailing from Veeravalli village in Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, lost her husband to kidney failure. She single-handedly supported her two children by stitching clothes for other people. Things became even more difficult when her 12 year old son, Devicharan, started complaining of vision problem. The doctors at one of the locally renowned hospitals informed her that nothing could be done and he would have to live with it. Owing to her bleak financial condition, and with a heavy heart, she put Devicharan in an orphanage, hoping that he would at least get the basic nutrition and education. 
LVPEI, with support from Lions Club International Foundation, organized an eye screening program where Devicharan was identified and referred to LVPEI's Vijayawada campus. Diagnosed with a retinal eye problem, he underwent a surgery. He can now see, and it is heartening to see joy on his mother's face and her hope for a brighter future for Devicharan. “I owe my life to the institute for this huge help,” said the delighted Sridevi.

LVPEI doctors spread smiles in Liberia

Mr Robert Jusu, 50, a truck driver was forced to give up driving because of his deteriorating vision. Samousa Keita, 34, faced constant ridicule because of the crossed eyes he had since birth. Florence, Elishe and Aminata were born with congenital cataract and their parents were worried about their future. All of them successfully underwent advanced surgeries at the Liberia Eye Centre located in Monrovia. Robert believes that the eye is the most important gift in the world. He is extremely delighted to get his vision back and is looking forward to a more fulfilling career. Samousa, a social worker, cannot thank his doctor enough for correcting his squint, and pledges to bring more and more people to the centre who are in need of eye care. The parents of the three young kids, who were unable to see earlier, are elated that their little ones are no longer blinded for life. The happy smiles on the faces of these patients is ample reward for the visiting doctors from LVPEI in India who offer tertiary level eye care, and spread smiles in Liberia, Africa.

There are many more such happy patients who receive quality eye care services every day at the centre that was inaugurated last year in July 2017. In addition to the permanent team deployed there, subspecialty doctors from LVPEI visit the centre on a periodic basis to treat complex cases. In the nine months since establishment, the centre has examined 6,495 outpatients and performed 478 surgeries.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

My son can now see this beautiful world

Amith Bodiga, 5, from a tribal area in Rayagada District, Odisha, had difficulty in seeing and would constantly bump into things. The concerned parents took him to LVPEI's secondary centre in Rayagada where he was diagnosed with congenital cataract in both eyes and referred to LVPEI's tertiary centre in Visakhapatnam where the Paediatric Ophthalmology team led by Dr Virender Sachdeva operated both his eyes. Amith for the first time was able to see things around him, and has gained functional vision. The outcome of the surgery could have been much better if he were brought in at an earlier age. He is currently receiving vision rehabilitation services to help him optimally use his vision to pursue education. “This truly has been a life changing surgery for him. My son can now see this beautiful world. We are extremely thankful to the LVPEI team for making this possible,”says Mr Manmath Bodiga.

All he needed was a pair of spectacles for his newspaper

While passing by a street in her village Podalakuru, SPSR Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, LVPEI's Vision Technician from the centre there, happened to see an aged gentleman, Mr Chandra Adeaiah, struggling to read the newspaper, and approached him. The gentleman shared that he liked reading the newspaper, but found it difficult now because of his poor vision. He also shared that since he was already 75, he will never be able to enjoy good vision. A Kamamkshi, the technician, convinced him to visit the centre for an eye examination, which he did. His refractive error was easily corrected with a pair of spectacles. The elderly gentleman is now overwhelmed that he is able to see clearly, and says, “Thanks to these glasses, I can once again indulge in the pleasure of reading.”

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Technology enabled patient care

D Parwathi, 44, from Kasimkota, AP, injured her left eye while working in her fields, resulting in
severe pain and red eye. Eventually, she was unable to even keep her eyes open, especially in sunlight, and was confined to her home. She visited the LVPEI vision centre in her village and consulted S Kalyani, the vision technician there. Suspecting infection, Kalyani immediately clicked the pictures of the patient's eye and shared it with the expert doctors at Hyderabad campus through the teleophthalmology facility available at all the vision centres. Thanks to this technology enabled expert guidance, the technician was able to guide Parwathi for further care and treatment at the nearest tertiary centre at Visakhapatnam. A detailed eye examination was carried out by Dr Merle Fernandes and drops were prescribed. After a couple of follow up sessions, the infection subsided. Happy to be finally relieved of the severe pain and red eye, Parwathi is now looking forward to resuming her work, and is extremely thankful to the LVPEI team for the timely treatment received. 

Life changing innovative surgery

Seven years ago, Ranjeet became a victim of 'chuna' (slaked lime) burn injury and lost vision in his left eye. His eye had turned ugly with a protruding mass (as in the picture in his hands). The local doctors had given up saying that his vision would never be restored. Disheartened, he came to LVPEI for the removal of his disfigured eye. But a miracle awaited him at LVPEI. A team of doctors led by Dr Sayan Basu performed a novel technique of stem cell transplantation surgery developed in LVPEI by Dr Virender Singh Sangwan, called SLET or Simple Limbal Epithelial Transplantation. Today, Ranjeet has not only regained vision but also his self-confidence and smile. Like Ranjeet, there are many other patients, across all age groups and from all over India, who have benefitted from this life-changing surgery.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Vision Rehabilitation Helps Aswini’s Placement with IBM

S Aswini, from Tirupati, had high myopia and low bone density at birth that the doctors associated to her parents’ consanguineous marriage. When in her 6th grade, she lost vision in her right eye due to a pencil injury and her left eye was also affected. Multiple health problems such as leucoma in her left eye, sinus and migraine, further worsened her vision and hearing too. Though traumatized initially, she did not succumb to depression, and completed her schooling but was discouraged from pursuing engineering. 

Her supportive family brought her to LVPEI’s Institute for Vision Rehabilitation. Professional counselling and training in mobility, use of special assistive software and low vision devices, helped her regain lost confidence. She not only completed her BTech on par with sighted peers but even received a placement offer from IBM as Associate Systems Engineer. 

“LVPEI has filled my colourless life with colours. I am so inspired by the team that I have started a not-for-profit organization called ‘Krant - Ray of Hope’, where I try to provide support to people who face similar challenges,” says Aswini.