Editorial

One of the cornerstones of the Aravind model of eye care delivery is its ardent efforts in reaching out to the community. Staying true to this policy, Aravind-Salem, as part of an initiative by Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital and Eicher Motors Ltd; reaches out to the truck drivers to screen them for their eye problems. Under this initiative, eye camps are conducted in transport hubs with the help of a van designed with all necessary ophthalmic diagnostic equipment.

Aravind Centre for Eyecare Innovation was formed to address Aravind’s small clinical, surgical or process problems and to build safer and reliable systems. ACEI tries to have a solution to improvise the situation and facilitate in solving problems with innovative ideas. The centre recently conducted a competition calling for innovative ideas in eye care delivery which received overwhelming response.

Many Aravind Eye Hospitals opened vision centres in an effort to improve eye care access to the rural community. New centres were opened at Alangulam and Valapady.

Aravind Eye Hospitals at Tirunelveli and Pondicherry celebrated their annual days with a great show of programmes.

Accolades

Aravind Inspiring Innovator Award 2021

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them, into the impossible.” – Arthur G. Clarke

Aravind-Pondicherry organised Aravind Inspiring Innovator competition asking staff to submit innovative ideas in eye care delivery in the form of videos. There were a total of 19 submissions and the top three were selected by a jury consisting of Dr. Sathish Srinivasan, Dr. Sean Ianchulev, Dr. Manas Ghosh, Dr. Parag Shah and Dr. Naresh Babu. The winners and their innovations are as follows:

  • Dr. Prabu Baskaran, Aravind-Chennai (S Fix)
  • Dr. Megha Nair, Aravind-Pondicherry; Dr. Shivraj Tagare, Aravind-Pondicherry and Dr. Hirika Gosalia, Aravind-Coimbatore (I-Verter)
  • Fathima Allapitchai, Aravind-Tirunelveli (Stamp the tunnel)

Certificate of Appreciation for Aravind-Madurai

Madurai, January 26

The hospital was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Govt. of TN in recognition of its adherence to the quality certification standards of Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme (CMCHIS) – Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). On behlf of the hospital, Dr. S.R. Krishnadas, Dircetor-HR received the award from the honorable District Collector.

Aravind Events

Truck Drivers Eye Screening Initiative: Dedication Ceremony of Eicher Eye and Ear Care Van

Aravind-Salem, February 18

Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital, Delhi (SCEH) and Eicher Motors India has joined hands to initiate a project  to screen truck drivers for eye problems. With the help of a van sponsored by Eicher, eye camps will be conducted in transport hubs, petrol stations, service stations of Eicher, RTO offices, etc. The van is designed with all the necessary eye care equipment inside. Under this initiative, SCEH has tied up with 8 major eye hospital networks across the country. Till date, the programme has catered to 1,19,221 lives including 65,354 commercial vehicle drivers across various states including Delhi NCR, UP, Assam, West Bengal, etc.

Aravind Eye Hospital, Salem is identified to be one of the partners for this project in the south zone. The dedication ceremony of the van was conducted February 18. Dr. B. Manohar Babu, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Salem welcomed the audience to the ceremony. Chief guests were  Mr. G.Sathiyamurthi, Asst. Commissioner of Police – Traffic, Salem and Dr.S.Sozhamadevi, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology,Govt. Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital, Salem; District Programme Manager, DBCS. Special guest, Mr. Karthikeyan, Joint Managing Director, JAWA group, Salem lit the lamp.  Mr. Shantanu Dasgupta, GM, SCEH highlighted the milestones and achievements of the Eicher Driver care programme. Mr. Gaurav Sharma, Managing Director shared a note on the vision of the programme. Mr. Karthikeyan and Mr. Radhakrishnan, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles Ltd., Salem shared their thoughts on the importance of eye screening for truck drivers.

New Vision Centres

Aravind – Tirunelveli, January 25

New Vision Centre was opened at Alangulam and will be managed by Aravind-Tirunelveli. Dr R Ramakrishnan, Advisor, Aravind-Tirunelveli inaugurated the centre in presence of staff members and well-wishers of AECS. The centre examined 54 patients on the inaugural day.

Aravind-Salem, February 24

Aravind-Salem opened a new vision centre at Valapady. The centre was opened by Ln.Dr.C.Mothilal, Founder, Udhaya Hospital, Salem. On the day of inauguration, 72 patients were screened, 19 patients were advised for cataract surgery, 14 patients were given glass prescriptions and three were referred to Aravind-Salem.

Hospital day celebrations

Aravind-Tirunelveli, February 12

Aravind-Tirunelveli celebrated its 33rd hospital day. Staff members belonging to all cadres joined the celebration.  Celebration started with a prayer song by Dr Rithu, Resident, following which Dr.R. Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer welcomed the gathering.  Dr.V. Anita, Senior Medical Officer presented a brief update on the activities of the last year. Dr.R. Ramakrishnan, Advisor gave an inspiring talk. Service awards and certificates were distributed to the staff members.  Following this, there were two dance programmes by doctors. Dr. Rithu entertained the audience with her melodious song.  Dr. Maneksha, Chief, Orbit Clinic proposed the vote of thanks.

Aravind-Pondicherry, February 20

Aravind-Pondicherry celebrated its 18th annual day with Mr.G.Srinivasan, Director-Finance, Dr.G.Natchiar, HR Director Emeritus, Dr.R.D.Ravindran, Chairman, Mrs.Kannamma Ravindran as the chief guests. The function started with a prayer song followed by the Chief Medical Officer Dr. R. Venkatesh welcoming the gathering. Dr.Fredrick Mouttappa, Consultant, Paediatric Ophthalmology Services presented a report on the achievements highlighting the various innovative ideas implemented especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. Dr.R.D.Ravindran and Dr.G.Natchiar gave an inspiring speech. As a mark of respect and recognition for the effort put in by the staff, service awards were distributed. Aravind-Pondicherry has come up with more than 100 publications in reputed journals. Awards were given to the doctors with maximum publications. Cultural programmes followed the award distribution.

Inauguration of Hospital Cornea Retrieval Program

Pudukkottai, January 21

Organised by Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai,  Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme was inaugurated at Govt Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Pudukkottai. The Dean, medical officers, professors, PGs and paramedical staff attended the programme.  Dr.Poovathi, Dean, GMCH delivered the special address. Dr.Prajna, Chief, Cornea Services, Aravind-Madurai was the guest of honour. Eye donation awareness materials and boards were handed over by Dr.Prajna to Dr.Poovathi. Dr. Murugan, Asst. Professor, Department of Ophthalmology GMCH spoke on Cornea retrieval and grafting. He also shared his thoughts on the gaps in demand and supply. Mr. D. Saravanan, Manager, Rotary Aravind International Eye Bank, Madurai gave an overview on Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme. Dr.Thaial Nayaki, Head of the Department of Ophthalmology delivered a vote of thanks.

MLOP Freshers’ Day

Aravind-Tirunelveli, January 29

Freshers day for the newly joined mid-level ophthalmic personnel was celebrated at Aravind-Tirunelveli with  Dr.R.Ramakrishnan, Advisor and Dr.R. Meenakshi, Chief Medical Officer as the chief guests.  The new recruits performed cultural programmes like Karagattam, folk dance, singing; Two of them read poems on Dr.V.  A skit was also performed showcasing the lessons learnt after joining Aravind. Ms. Saranya, Housekeeping trainee shared her experience at Aravind and how Aravind has contributed to a transformation in her attitude and behavior. Dr.R.Ramakrishnan and Dr.Meenakshi gave  inspiring talks and congratulated all the trainees for the wonderful programmes.

NABH Assessment

Aravind-Coimbatore, February 21

Aravind-Coimbatore had an extensive and strict onsite NABH assessment for 8 hours on February 21, 2020 and the hospital came out successfully with no NCs.

SICS Webinar

Aravind-Chennai, February 16

Aravind-Chennai organised the webinar. Speakers included senior doctors from across the Aravind centres.

Time Out for Our Daughters of Sight

Aravind-Pondicherry, February 27

MLOPs are considered as the backbone of Aravind Eye Hospital. They are the first to enter and last to leave the hospital and are a part of every step in care delivery process. To give them a time out for recreation and relaxation, Aravind-Pondicherry organised a Tennikoit tournament. MLOPs were divided into 5 teams named after women who have created history: Rani Lakshmibai, Mother Teresa, Kalpana Chawla, Mary Kom and KiranBedi. The final match was between team Mary Kom and Mother Teresa. Team Mary Kom emerged as winners.

Aurolab

Cricket Tournament

February 7 and 14

A cricket tournament was arranged for the staff members. Dr. G. Natchiar and Mr. G. Srinivasan were invited as the chief guests. Trophies were distributed to the winners and runners up.

LAICO

Online courses

Online course on Ophthalmic Instruments Maintenance was conducted during February 1-15, 2021. A total of fourteen participants from India and Ghana attended.

Online collaborative on Implementing NABH Standards for Entry Level Certification : LAICO rolled out this year-long collaborative series with the first learning session held on February 15-20, 2021.  Five hospitals have enrolled into this collaborative.

Publications

  1. Kannan NB, Sen S, Mishra C, Lalitha P, Rameshkumar G, Kumar K, Rajan RP, Ramasamy K. Ten-year trends in the incidence, clinical profile and outcomes of acute-onset endophthalmitis following combined pars plana vitrectomy and sutureless, glueless and flapless scleral fixation of intraocular lenses. Int Ophthalmol. 2021 Jan 29. [Epub] View more
  2. Manayath G, Verghese S, Ranjan R, Agrawal H, Khanna A, Narendran V, Chhablani J. Long-term outcomes of half-fluence photodynamic therapy and eplerenone in chronic central serous chorioretinopathy: A comparative study. Eur J Ophthalmol. 2021 Jan 28. [Epub] View more
  3. Shekhar M, Lamba P, Haripriya A, Ravindran S, Palod S, Mishra C, Sundar B, Sen S.Acute Postoperative Endophthalmitis after re-surgery following primary cataract surgery, 9 years of experience from a tertiary eye care center. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2021 Jan 21. View more [Epub]  View more
  4. Shekhar M, Pai A, Kumar A, Sankaranathan R, Senthil Prasad R, Bhanumathi HS, Wijesinghe HK, Mishra C. Outcomes of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery and Phacoemulsification in eyes with Chorio-retinal Coloboma. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2021 Jan 21. [Epub] View more
  5. Fukuda S, Varshney A, Fowler BJ, Wang SB, Narendran S, Ambati K, Yasuma T, Magagnoli J, Leung H, Hirahara S, Nagasaka Y, Yasuma R, Apicella I, Pereira F, Makin RD, Magner E, Liu X, Sun J, Wang M, Baker K, Marion KM, Huang X, Baghdasaryan E, Ambati M, Ambati VL, Pandey A, Pandya L, Cummings T, Banerjee D, Huang P, Yerramothu P, Tolstonog GV, Held U, Erwin JA, Paquola ACM, Herdy JR, Ogura Y, Terasaki H, Oshika T, Darwish S, Singh RK, Mozaffari S, Bhattarai D, Kim KB, Hardin JW, Bennett CL, Hinton DR, Hanson TE, Röver C, Parang K, Kerur N, Liu J, Werner BC, Sutton SS, Sadda SR, Schumann GG, Gelfand BD, Gage FH, Ambati J. Cytoplasmic synthesis of endogenous Alucomplementary DNA via reverse transcription and implications in age-related macular degeneration. Proc Natl AcadSci U S A. 2021 Feb 9;118(6):e2022751118. View more
  6. Ayub R, Tom LM, Rengaraj V, Srinivasan K. Lens Induced Glaucoma: Outcomes and Reasons for Late Presentation- Prospective Study. Ophthalmol Glaucoma. 2021 Feb 3. [Epub] View more
  7. Kannan NB, Jena S, Sen S, Kohli P, Ramasamy K. A comparison of using digitally assisted vitreoretinal surgery during repair of rhegmatogenous retinal detachments to the conventional analog microscope: A prospective interventional study.Int Ophthalmol. 2021 Feb 8. [Epub] View more
  8. Sen S. Drusen-like deposits in systemic disorders: A point of convergence for nephrologists and ophthalmologists. J Postgrad Med. 2021 Jan-Mar;67(1):6. View more
  9. Burton MJ, Ramke J, Marques AP, Bourne RRA, Congdon N, Jones I, Ah Tong BAM, Arunga S, Bachani D, Bascaran C, Bastawrous A, Blanchet K, Braithwaite T, Buchan JC, Cairns J, Cama A, Chagunda M, Chuluunkhuu C, Cooper A, Crofts-Lawrence J, Dean WH, Denniston AK, Ehrlich JR, Emerson PM, Evans JR, Frick KD, Friedman DS, Furtado JM, Gichangi MM, Gichuhi S, Gilbert SS, Gurung R, Habtamu E, Holland P, Jonas JB, Keane PA, Keay L, Khanna RC, Khaw PT, Kuper H, Kyari F, Lansingh VC, Mactaggart I, Mafwiri MM, Mathenge W, McCormick I, Morjaria P, Mowatt L, Muirhead D, Murthy GVS, Mwangi N, Patel DB, Peto T, Qureshi BM, Salomão SR, Sarah V, Shilio BR, Solomon AW, Swenor BK, Taylor HR, Wang N, Webson A, West SK, Wong TY, Wormald R, Yasmin S, Yusufu M, Silva JC, Resnikoff S, Ravilla T, Gilbert CE, Foster A, Faal HB.The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: vision beyond 2020. Lancet Global Health. 2021 Feb 16. [Epub] View more
  10. Ramakrishnan S, Devarajan S, Srinivasan M, Karunakaran V. Supra-Descemetic Venting Incision in the Management of Spontaneous Descemet Membrane Detachment in an Old Penetrating Keratoplasty Graft. 2021 Feb 15. [Epub] View more
  11. Ramasamy K, Mishra C. Capacity building for diabetic retinopathy screening by optometrists in India. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):482. View more
  12. Mishra C. Commentary: Caveats in the screening and management of cytomegalovirus retinitis in human immune deficiency virus and non-human immune deficiency virus infected patients. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):628-629. View more
  13. Mishra C. Commentary: Impact of treatment of diabetic macular edema on visual impairment in people with diabetes mellitus in India. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):676-677. View more
  14. Kulkarni S, Ramachandran R, Sivaprasad S, Rani PK, Behera UC, Vignesh TP, Chawla G, Agarwal M, Mani SL, Ramasamy K, Raman R. Impact of treatment of diabetic macular edema on visual impairment in people with diabetes mellitus in India. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):671-676. View more
  15. Raman R, Ramasamy K, Rajalakshmi R, Sivaprasad S, Natarajan S. Diabetic retinopathy screening guidelines in India: All India Ophthalmological Society diabetic retinopathy task force and Vitreoretinal Society of India Consensus Statement. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):678-688. View more
  16. SoundaraPandi SP, Rajendran A, Radha Krishnan S, Anto MJ, Gardiner T, Chakravarthy U, Veerappan M. Characterization of age-related macular degeneration in Indian donor eyes. Indian J Ophthalmol 2021;69:642-646. View more
  17. Ravindran M, Segi A, Mohideen S, Allapitchai F, Rengappa R. Impact of teleophthalmology during COVID-19 lockdown in a tertiary care center in South India. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):714-718. View more
  18. Aruljyothi L, Janakiraman A, Malligarjun B, Babu BM. Smartphone applications in ophthalmology: A quantitative analysis. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):548-553. View more
  19. Sindal MD, Chhabra K, Khanna V. Profile of patients receiving intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injections during COVID-19-related lockdown.Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):730-733. View more
  20. Senthil S, Dada T, Das T, Kaushik S, Puthuran GV, Philip R, Rani PK, Rao H, Singla S, Vijaya L. Neovascular glaucoma – A review. Indian J Ophthalmol. 2021 Mar;69(3):525-534. View more
  21. Gunasekaran R, Janakiraman D, Rajapandian SGK, Appavu SP, NamperumalsamyVenkatesh P, Prajna L. Periconia species -An unusual fungal pathogen causing mycotic keratitis. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2021 Jan;39(1):36-40. View more
  22. Neha P, Prajna L, Gunasekaran R, Appavu SP, Rajapandian SGK, Naveen R, NamperumalsamyVenkatesh P. Clinical and demographic study of non-tuberculous mycobacterial ocular infections in South India. Indian J Med Microbiol. 2021 Jan;39(1):41-47. View more

Statistics

Patient Monthly Statistics

January – 2021

Hospitals
Madurai
Tirunelveli
Theni
Coimbatore
Pondicherry
Tirupur
Dindigul
Salem
Tuticorin
Udumalpet
CbeCC
Chennai
Tirupati
Kovilpatti
Total
HOSPITAL OUT-PATIENT VISITS
Paying (New & Review) 42,293 23,126 7,021 24,909 19,324 4,086 6,045 10,615 4,218 3,314 3,265 19,908 9,493 2,347 179,964
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review) 12,667 5,223 1,924 8,904 7,076 1,485 2,603 575 1,139 5,385 4,220 390 51,591
OUTREACH OUT PATIENT
Comprehensive Eye Camps 5,845 1,319 588 68 1,237 198 76 9,331
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps 239 239
Mobile Refraction Unit 353 353
Refraction  camps 1,568 55 228 232 249 20 2,352
RoP Screening 114 81 128 462 88 1 874
Vision Centres 18,358 10,648 4,772 4,044 7,391 1,087 1,223 47,523
Community / City Centres 7,395 2,179 1,880 2,259 13,713
Total OP Examinations 88,240 42,631 16,541 39,211 37,536 6,658 6,045 13,238 4,991 5,676 3,265 25,457 13,714 2,737 305,940
SURGERIES
Cataract 3,734 2,132 682 2,612 1,265 266 349 1,051 268 488 157 1,784 797 138 15,723
*Other Surgeries 3,659 1,606 337 2,836 1,943 99 122 417 90 85 88 1,173 497 61 13,013
Total Surgeries 7,393 3,738 1,019 5,448 3,208 365 471 1,468 358 573 245 2,957 1,294 199 28,736

*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures
Note: Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, Aravind has suspended all its outreach eye camps

Training

Enrolments for January 2021

January – 2021

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
LONG TERM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMMES – FOR OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
Fellowship in Anterior Segment / Intraocular Lens Surgery Chennai 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in Cornea Tirunelveli 1
Coimbatore 1
Chennai 1
Fellowship in Glaucoma Chennai 1
Madurai 1
Fellowship in Orbit & Oculoplasty Madurai 1
Fellowship in Retina Vitreous Pondicherry 1
Tirupati 2
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology Pondicherry 1
Coimbatore 1
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Pondicherry 1
Coimbatore 1
SHORT TERM FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMMES – FOR OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
Neuro Ophthalmology Madurai 1