The story is of a visually impaired young lad Mattaparthi Balasandeep who hails from a family of teachers from Ambajipeta in East Godavari district. Having been referred to LVPEI by doctors at the Kamaladevi Eye hospital in Amalapuram, Balasandeep was recommended to CSE (Centre for Sight Enhancement) by Dr.Subhadra Jalali and Dr.Avinash Pathengay.
The Centre for Sight Enhancement is part of the Vision Rehabilitation Centre at LVPEI. It has a wide range of assistive devices that help the visually impaired make use of their residual vision to cope with their day-to-day chores.
Balasandeep has been coming to the rehabilitation centre since 1998, right from the time he was in his third standard. He completed his 10th standard from Bandarlanka, and with help from the rehabilitation centre, also completed his B.Tech from the Godavari Institute of Technology in Amalapuram.
He managed to write his B.Tech exams using assistive devices and sought the help of a scribe for drawing. Thanks to the rehabilitation services at LVPEI and, in particular, the one month training provided using an ‘electronic portable video magnifying device‘, Balasandeep was successful in getting a job with the Syndicate Bank. He was earlier using a magnifier which was of minimal help, but the new device has come as a blessing in disguise.
Securing the new job with the bank was by no means a small achievement for Balasandeep given that he had been suffering from problems of visual impairment. A person with visual impairment may find it difficult or impossible to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces as they have reduced vision, even when using the best possible corrective lenses. Visual impairment means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery the persons suffering from it find everyday tasks difficult to perform.
Balasandeep had vision problems right from birth, probably owing to premature birth in the seventh gestational month, according to his father. However, with Sandeep having secured a bank job, the proud father Mr. Rambabu, is happy for his son. The father says they were provided with a new device almost every time they visited LVPEI, but the latest one was of great help particularly in reading newspapers and magazines while preparing for the bank examination.