The very thought of a Grade XII student doing an internship at LVPEI is awesome. I had the privilege, from 19th to 27th November, of interacting with LVPEI's doctors and engineers. A guided tour of their rehabilitation centre had me see almost all the ways in which people with reduced vision or blindness can continue to live a normal life with the help of tools ranging from putting rubber bands on containers to identify them, to state-of-the-art text-to-speech softwares and even a 3D vision correcting tool. I observed Dr Nandhini and Dr Matthew work on an application to analyze the neuropsychology underpinning of perceptual experience, and Dr Somasheila Murthy in OPD had me realize that ophthalmology and optometry are subjects of vast study. Dr Virender Sangwan interacted with me on eye imaging techniques and I was guided on this by Mr Kiran Challa.
At the microbiology lab, Dr Savitri Sharma showed me the extraction of a sample of cornea, culturing and observing it under a microscope, and Dr Shivaji, who has been to both the Arctic and Antarctic, shared some of his experiences in Biology - it was an educative experience indeed.
My visit to Srujana, the Innovation Centre, led me to meet Dhruv Joshi and other Engineers who are working with world class eye specialists to ease the workflow of detecting and diagnosing eye problems. It is an awesome application of MITs Rethinking Engineering Design eXecution principle. I got to see them demo all their prototypes, and this has given me an insight into a lot of things, led me to work on a few tasks and made me realize that being an engineer is no hurdle to improve the lives of others.
Grade XII, Meridian School, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad