Over a hot summer in 2010, security guard Mahesh Thogari's acumen was noticed by his seniors in the Security Department Shive Shankar and Nageswara Rao, who suggested he undertake the Vision Technician's course and make a new life. Overcoming financial constraints, Mahesh pursued the one-year course in LVPEI's Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry (BLSO) during 2010-11. He was then deputed as a Vision Technician in Singarayakonda Vision Centre in Kandukur in Prakasam District. He excelled in the 1 ½ years that he worked there, examining patients and educating them about eye care, prescribing spectacles, referring them for cataract surgery if required, and completing all orders for spectacles in time.
Mahesh's proactive working style earned him a promotion in April 2014 as Vision Centre Coordinator at Sudhakar and Sreekanth Ravi Eye Centre in Markapuram, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, where he supervises Vision Technicians in 7 Vision Centres located in that administrative cluster. His manager Dr Amol Sonawane reports that there has been a 340% increase in community vision screening this year compared to September 2013, thanks to Mahesh's deputation there. Owing to his stellar performance, he has been showcased as an employee extraordinaire by Chairman Dr G N Rao, and Mahesh eagerly waits to share with his father the frame of his photograph with Dr Rao, as soon as he gets back home in Kachapur village in Nizamabad district.