As an eye care institution in the forefront of creating awareness on the need for eye donation to prevent avoidable blindness since its inception, Sankara Nethralaya lived up to the spirit of ‘Eye Donation Fortnight’ being observed between August 25th-Sept 8th with great enthusiasm. The events marking the observation of the same were spearheaded by Shri G.Lakshminarayanan, Social Worker, CU Shah Eye Bank, Sankara Nethralaya Main campus. The fortnight long initiatives got off with talks on the need for eye donation by the Eye Bank Social Worker, addressing workmen at the Ford India and Hyundai Motor Companies, the former reciprocating by making available Sankara Nethralaya’s eye donation pledge forms online to its employees through its website, this was followed by a talk on the subject and the technicalities of eye harvest, preserving the cornea etc to the nurses of the Vijaya Hospital. Shri Lakshminarayanan was assisted in his efforts by Dr.Deviyani, Cornea Fellow who clarified the more complex medical related queries raised by the audience.
Sankara Nethralaya joined hands with the Rotary Club of Mount and conducted a highly successful human chain rally at the DG Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam, participated enthusiastically and in large numbers by students holding placards espousing the cause of eye donation, senior office bearers of the Rotary club including Rotarian Dr.R.Sriram, Major Dr.M.Venkatraman, Principal of the college, Srimathi Akila Ganesan, Senior General Manager, Sankara Nethralaya and her colleagues. The press was briefed by the senior participants at the end of the event. Lion S.N.Harinarayan, President ‘Sight First’ and long time friend and champion of Sankara Nethralaya‘s awareness creation endeavours in eye donation conducted a highly educative and absorbing meeting at the Conference Hall of the Sri V.Venugopal Block, Sankara Nethralaya main campus on the 5th of September 2015. The meeting was attended by senior office bearers of the Lions Club International Dist 324 A1, Lion Harinarayanan and Shri G.Lakshminarayanan, Social Worker of the CU Shah Eye bank addressed the gathering with in-depth talks on the need for eye donation and the abysmal demand and availability ratio prevailing today. This was followed by interesting talks by the senior Lion members assembled on the occasion on the causes of eye ailments, measures to be adopted, need to educate the general public on the need for eye donation etc. The highly interesting meeting ended with a question and answer session and a visit to the CU Shah Eye Bank.