The prevalence of diabetes is on a rapid rise especially in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and many other conditions. A multifaceted approach which includes awareness creation, adherence to treatment, and lifestyle modifications are crucial to controlling diabetes. Since eye is one of the main organs affected by uncontrolled diabetes, Aravind Eye Hospitals observed World Diabetes Day with a wide variety of programmes.

Retinopathy of prematurity (RoP) is a potentially blinding disease caused by the abnormal development of retinal blood vessels in premature babies. Blindness due to RoP can be avoided if the baby undergoes an eye check preferably within a month of birth and necessary treatment is taken if found to have the disease. Aravind centres have been actively involved in creating awareness and providing treatment for RoP. RoP awareness day was observed recently with many awareness creation campaigns and RoP screening programmes.

News about these and many more feature in this issue.


Annual Conference of Andhra Pradesh Ophthalmic Society

Vijayawada, October 14

Dr. R. D. Ravindran, Chairman, Aravind Eye Care System delivered the Dr. P. Siva Reddy Oration.
Dr. R. Ramakrishnan, Advisor, Aravind-Tirunelveli delivered the Dr. Sonty Sriram Lecture.

Prof. B.P Kashyap Memorial Oration 2022

Patna, October 15  

Dr. R. Kim, Chief Medical Officer, Aravind-Madurai delivered the Prof. B.P Kashyap Memorial Oration 2022 at the 35th Eastern India Zonal Ophthalmological Congress.

Best Free Paper Award - Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society Conference

Nasik, October 14

Dr. Pinank Kharkande, Aravind – Coimbatore won First Place for Free Paper titled  Ethambutol optic neuropathy: Another Conundrum  in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Category at the Annual Conference of Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society.

Ph.D Awarded by Alagappa University

October 26, 2022

A. Divya, Department of Proteomics, Aravind Medical Research Foundation was awarded Ph.D for her research on Interaction of pathogenic fungi with human corneal epithelial cells. She did her study under the guidance of Prof. K. Dharmalingam.

Awards at the 32nd Annual Conference of Oculoplastic Association of India

Mumbai, November 11-13

Dr. Maneksha V, Chief – Department of Orbit and Oculoplasty, Aravind Eye Hospital,Tirunelveli

Best Free Paper Award
    – Lacrimal sac rhinosporidiosis: Clinical profile and a method of preoperative diagnosis

Dr. Viji Rangarajan, Chief, Department of Orbit and Oculoplasty, Aravind – Coimbatore

Best Video Award
A bridge too far: A simple technique for management of extensive congenital upper eyelid colobomas

Aravind Events

World Diabetes Day 2022

November 14

Aravind centres observed World Diabetes Day with a host of programmes to sensitize public on the importance of controlling diabetes and regular eye examination to prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy. Programmes included exclusive diabetic retinopathy screening camps, awareness rallies, seminars, talks, exhibitions, literary and drawing competitions in schools.


Observing World Prematurity Day

November 17

Aravind Eye Hospitals, Madurai and Coimbatore observed Retinopathy of Prematurity (RoP) Day. Awareness exhibitions were arranged in the premises of the hospitals. Badges with a message on RoP were worn by the staff. RoP specialists gave talks on the condition and the importance of early eye screening in premature children. Medical Consultants of Aravind-Madurai, Dr. Renu P. Rajan and Dr. Karthikeyan organised an awareness CME at Sivagangai Government Hospital on November 19 in which post-graduate doctors and residents took part. Aravind-Coimbatore arranged a similar CME for paediatricians and neonatal nurses on November 19 to increase awareness of the disease.

About 90 participants actively took part in the CME. Dr. Parag Shah; Dr. Abhishek and Dr. Prema handled the sessions. Four paediatricians and three staff of neonatal units from various hospitals also delivered talks. Purple ribbons, chocolates, balloons and brochures were distributed for kids who attended the outpatient department. Awareness posters and videos were displayed in the patient waiting areas of the hospital.


Freshers’ Day

Aravind – Tirupati, November 4

Aravind-Tirupati celebrated freshers’ day to welcome the first year trainee AOP. The new trainees staged various cultural performances which were well-received by the audience.


Conferences Attended by Aurolab

Aurolab participated in the following conferences and promoted Aurovue VIVID, Aurovue EV Toric IOL, and HummingBirdLite

– Ophthacon 2022, Amritsar , October 28 – 30
– Annual Conference of Oculoplastic Association of India, Mumbai, November 11-13
– Ophthalmological Society of Assam Conference, Guwahati, November 12-13
– Annual Conference of Glaucoma Society of India, New Delhi, November 18- 20

Skill Development Training

Chennai, October 26- 28

Aurolab organised skill development training program for the zonal training managers to learn the basics and technical skills of selling Aurovue Vivid CFV IOL, Aurovue EV Toric and HummingbirdLite phaco machine.

Skill Building Program

Chennai, November 19-20

Aurolab participated in the skill building programme on ophthalmic equipment organised by Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai.  M. Vignesh Pandian – Product Manager, Diagnostic Equipment took a session on Aurolab’s service and delivery model.


Visit to Eye Hospitals

Dr. Dayakar Yadella, Aravind-Pondicherry and R. Suresh Kumar, LAICO visited H V Desai Eye Hospital, Pune (October 14-16) and Tejas Eye Hospital, Surat (October 17-19). Both the hospitals are part of the Leap Vision Centre collaborative and the purpose of the visit was to analyse the performance of the vision centres of these hospitals, review the ideas implemented and identify gaps and challenges and derive solutions. The team also conducted training for the vision entre staff of H V Desai Hospital in which 50 staff took part.

Dr. Kalpana Narendran, Aravind-Coimbatore; D. Yesunesan, LAICO ; Vignesh, Aravind-Coimbatore and Israel Gnanaraj, Managing Director, Design Collaborative were at Sudarshan Netralaya, Amreli to understand the hospital’s growth potential, current gaps and challenges and develop an action plan to address these. The team conducted a full-fledged performance review on various indicators after understanding and analysing the annual performance data. They also analysed the hospital’s infrastructure requirements and the need for adding more services in near future.

K.M.Sashi Priya, LAICO; Dr. A. Kowsalya, Aravind-Madurai and Sr. Shanmugam visited City Eye Hospital, Nairobi and Kisii Eye Hospital, Kisii, Kenya from October 7 to 19 to help set up vision centres and provide inputs for the efficient running of these centres.

Conferences Attended

The Marketing Society Annual Conference 2022

London, UK, November 2

Dr. Usha Kim
      – An extraordinary story of service, community and innovation

5th Biennial RoP Update

Aravind – Coimbatore, October 8

Dr. Parag K Shah
     – RoP in India


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Patient Statistics – October 2022

Hospital Out-patient visits
Paying (New & Review)  238,984 54,277 30,692  8,719 33,292  24,283 5,154 8,271 11,478 5,362 4,236 3,870 31,664 14,870 2,816
Free:Direct walk-in (New & Review)  84,196 20,182 7,532 2,673 10,803  9,561 2,069 3,779 1,696 2,234 9,991 12,881 795
Outreach Out-patients
Comprehensive Eye Camps  26,379 6,796 4,451 1,173 4,685 3,350 200 1,772 394 90 2,525 943
Diabetic Retinopathy Camps 2,335 827 268 934  306
Refraction Camp 2,360 228  – 1,135 468  – 251  – 278
Mobile Refraction Unit 1,279  86 398  795
School Screening 15,110  –  213 303  1,732 2,391 8,297  289 1,885
RoP Screening 1,841 288 306 200 770 93 163 21
Vision Centres  71,432 23,799 14,537 5,853 5,655 13,157 1,408  3,497 2,029 1,497
Community / City Centres  16,637  8,979 2,684  2,347 2,627
Total OP Examinations  461,828 115,148 60,643  21,622 59,655 57,260  8,831 8,271  29,869 7,452 8,589 3,870 46,407 30,600 3,611
Total number of camps 126  27  25 7 26  14  1 6 1 1 10 8
Cataract  30,255 6,992 3,430 906 4,521  3,396 560 549 2,052 496 798 204 3,280 2,931 140
*Other Surgeries 18,547 5,216 2,778 374 3,456 1,986  70 164 542  86  81  124 2,580 1,046 44
Total Surgeries  48,802 12,208 6,208 1,280 7,977 5,382 630 713 2,594 582 879 328 5,860 3,977 184
*Other surgeries include major surgeries, minor surgeries, intra-vitreal & other injections and laser procedures.


Enrolments for October 2022

Course title
Training Centre
No. of enrolments
Long Term Fellowship Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
Fellowship in General Ophthalmology Pondicherry 1
Fellowship in Cornea Madurai 1
Chennai 1
Pondicherry 1
Fellowship in Orbit and Oculoplasty Coimbatore 1
Madurai 1
Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Coimbatore 1
Short Term Training Programmes – For Ophthalmologists
HelpMeSee Simulation-based Training in MSICS Madurai 1
Neuro Ophthalmology Coimbatore 1
Vitrectomy Coimbatore 1
Phacoemulsification Madurai 1
Pondicherry 1
Tirunelveli 2
Coimbatore 2
Small Incision Cataract Surgery Pondicherry 1
Coimbatore 2
Madurai 1
Short Term Training Programs – For Paramedicals
OT techniques Madurai 4
FFA & USG Madurai 1
Ocularist Madurai 1
Instrument Maintenance for Technicians
Instrument Maintenance for Technicians LAICO 8