Sankara Nethralaya News

Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture Sheds Light on Advances in Pediatric Ophthalmology

In a distinguished event at the Sri VD Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya, on January 20, hosted the 17th Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture, featuring Professor Graham Edwin Holder from the Department of Ophthalmology at the National University of Singapore. The lecture, titled “Role of Electrophysiology in Pediatric Retinal Disorders,” delved into the latest advancements in the field.

Dr. Akshay Badakere led the ceremony as the master of ceremonies, commencing with an invocation by Ms. Akshaya C Balakrishnan. Dr. Kavitha Kalaivani Natarajan delivered the welcome address, setting the stage for an enlightening evening focused on pediatric ophthalmology. Dr. Sumita Agarkar provided insights into the pediatric ophthalmology department, and Dr. Hennav Kaur Dhilon shed light on the significance of the Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment.

The introduction of the chief guest, Professor Graham Edwin Holder, was presented by our distinguished senior consultant Dr. Lingam Gopal. This paved the way for the much-anticipated Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture, where Professor Holder shared his expertise on the role of electrophysiology in addressing pediatric retinal disorders.

The event witnessed the presence of Sankara Nethralaya’s President, Dr. Girish Shiva Rao and Chairman, Dr. TS Surendran, who honored Professor Holder for his valuable contributions to the field. The evening concluded with a heartfelt vote of thanks by Dr. Akila Ramkumar, expressing gratitude to all participants and emphasizing the ongoing commitment to advancing pediatric ophthalmology research and education.

34th Institutional Award Ceremony at Sankara Nethralaya

The 34th institutional award ceremony took place on November 18 at Shri VD Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya. The ceremony acknowledged the academic accomplishments of individuals from Elite School of Optometry and Vidyasagar Institute of Biomedical Technology and Science, conferring Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Optometry, and Bachelor of Optometry degrees. Furthermore, Excellence Awards in Ophthalmology were presented at CU Shah Postgraduate Training Center.

Distinguished diabetologist Padma Shri Dr. V Mohan graced the ceremony as the chief guest. Dr. Mohan is the Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, and President and Director at Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai.

Tribute to Dr. SS Badrinath: Honouring the Legacy of Sankara Nethralaya’s Founder

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our chief, Padma Bhushan Dr. SS Badrinath, the visionary founder of Sankara Nethralaya, who left for his heavenly abode in Chennai early morning on November 21, 2023.

Dr. SS Badrinath ‘s legacy symbolises commitment to revolutionizing ophthalmic care. His pioneering efforts in the field of eye care have touched the lives of innumerable individuals, restoring vision to those in need.

His journey began with a vision to establish a centre of excellence dedicated to eradicating preventable blindness, a vision that materialized into the renowned institution, Sankara Nethralaya. Under his guidance, the institution flourished, becoming a pioneer of exceptional eye care services, research, and education in India. A visionary leader, a compassionate healer, and a revered mentor, our chief’s impact extended far beyond the walls of the hospital.

In this time of mourning, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family, friends, colleagues, and the extended Sankara Nethralaya community. His legacy of compassion, dedication, and service will forever remain in our hearts and in the noble work that continues at Sankara Nethralaya.

As we bid farewell to a luminary whose brilliance illuminated countless lives, we find solace in knowing that his legacy will continue to guide and inspire generations to come. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Dr Jaichandran V V received his 2nd Patent Certificate from The Patent Office, Govt of India.

Sankara Nethralaya congratulates Dr. Jaichandran VV, Deputy Director, Department of Anaesthesiology for being honored with a Patent Certificate for his pioneering work. Collaborating with the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Madras, he developed a ground-breaking “Real-Time View Simulator for Practicing Peribulbar Blocks.”

This innovative simulator promises to offer real-time visualization capabilities. This achievement signifies a leap forward in improving precision and safety in medical procedures. Dr. Jaichandran’s patent award reflects his exceptional contributions and marks a significant milestone in ophthalmic anaesthesia.

Inauguration of Sankara Nethralaya’s Refractive Surgery Suite in JKCN Complex

In a momentous event, Sankara Nethralaya proudly inaugurated a cutting-edge refractive surgery suite in the AS block of JKCN Complex on October 25, 2023. The ceremony brought together a distinguished assembly of key figures, led by the institution’s top leadership and prominent members of the medical community.

Key Attendees

The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Lasik staff along with some of the top associates of Sankara Nethralaya, including:

Dr. TS Surendran – Chairman & Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology

Dr. Girish Shiva Rao – President and Executive Medical Director

Dr. Nirmala Subramaniam – Emeritus Professor, Ophthalmology – Oculoplasty

Dr. Prema Padmanabhan – Distinguished Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. L Vijaya – Distinguished Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Glaucoma

Dr. Rama Rajagopal – Director, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. Chetan Rao – Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Vitreo Retinal

Dr. Iyer Geetha Krishnan – Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. Sudhir RR – Senior Consultant, Ophthalmology – Cornea

Dr. Pramod S Bhende – Director, Ophthalmology – Vitreo Retinal

Mr. Kannan Narayanan – Hon. Treasurer

Ms. Banumati Ramkrishnan – Treasurer, SN USA

Inauguration Ceremony

The event kicked off with a solemn and traditional lamp-lighting ceremony, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. Following the lamp-lighting, a sacred pooja ceremony was performed, invoking divine blessings to ensure the success and prosperity of the newly inaugurated refractive surgery suite. Outfitted with the latest technological advancements, the new surgical suite solidifies Sankara Nethralaya’s position as a leader in the field of eye care.

World sight day – Vision Screening Program Pediatric optometry and Vision Enhancement clinic

On the occasion of World Sight Day, the Department of Pediatric Optometry and Vision Enhancement Clinic initiated an eye screening camp at the National Institute for Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities (NIEPMD). This program was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Rashima and led by Ms. Tharakeswari, Senior Optometrist, between October 16 and 17, 2023.

The screening program began with a small inauguration ceremony attended by Shri Nachiketa Rout, Director & Administration, Dr. Amarnath from the Department of Medical Science, and Dr. Vijayalakshmi, a Pediatrician. During the function, Ms. Tharakeswari explained the importance of vision screening in children with special needs.

As many as 127 children with cross-disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders, ranging between the ages of one and 20 were screened. Among them, 30 children were referred to our hospital for further evaluation and management, while 11 children were directed to the Vision Enhancement Clinic for rehabilitation.

The screening team consisted of Ms. Libiya, a Vision Rehab Specialist, Optometrists Ms. Gowsalya, Ms. Dhanalakshmi, Ms. Indira, Ms. Praveena, Ms. Nikitha, Ms. Karthika (TSNA Low Vision Fellowship student) and ESO Optometry Internship students Mr. Hariharan, Ms. Jayasanthiya, Ms. Dharshini.

Dr.Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Scientific Session – First Physical Conference, 2023

Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan is a name that is etched in the field of contact lens practice in India. Fondly remembered as Dr. Raji, with two decades of experience in the field of contact lens and international acclaim, she had been a trendsetter in various innovations in CL practice and specialty CL practice in India. In her fond memory, Sankara Nethralaya initiated “Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Contact Lens Oration” on her birthday, September 9 since 2020.

The 4th Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan Memorial Scientific Session was held on September 9th and 10th, 2023. On the 9th of September, an online quiz competition was conducted exclusively for optometry undergraduate students. On the 10th of September, the event transitioned to the first physical conference in the last 4 years, showcasing the keynote speeches and research presentations centered on the field of contact lenses.  We have received around 145 registrants, out of which 83 were external registrants and 62 were in-house registrants.

We had 10 optometry Colleges who had enthusiastically participated in an online Quiz contest which was engaging for the students.  We had 12 oral scientific papers and case reports from various optometry colleges and contact lens practitioners.

This time, we had eminent international and national speakers addressing in a hybrid mode – “Unveiling the advancements in scleral lens practice by Ms Daddi Fadel, Clinical Scientist –Centre for Ocular Research and Education, University of Waterloo, Canada.  Independence Contact lens practice by Mr. Yeshwant Saoji, Senior Optometrist, Saoji Vision Care Nagpur and the Research opportunities in Contact lens by Dr. Jaya Sowjanya Siddireddy, Lecturer, University of Canberra, Australia and by Dr. Pradipta Bhattacharya, Postdoctoral fellow at University of Houston, Australia. The response and the feedback that was received for each talk were remarkable.

There were oral scientific presentations, e-posters, and scientific reviews presented by many delegates from across the country. All the contests were judged by judges from India including Mr. Yeshwant Saoji, Dr. Anuradha N, Dr. Krishna Kumar R, Mr. Nilesh Thite Executive Manager of Educations programs at IACLE, Optom Irene Sophia, who evaluated the entries. This year’s panel discussion was newly initiated and moderated by Mr. Yeshwant Saoji, Senior optometrist, Ms. Vandana Kamath, HOD and Assistant Professor Sankara college of Optometry Bengaluru, Ms. B S Savita Consultant Optometrist Eyeful Optometry clinic and Ms. Madhumathi S Deputy Manager, Contact lens department, Sankara Nethralaya.  The event was attended by the President of the Medical Research Foundation Dr. Girish S Rao, Dr. N Anuradha, Principal of Elite School of Optometry, and Dr. R Krishna Kumar, Advisor-Optometry, Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation.Also, we had an informative session on Orthokeratology and GOV products by one of the sponsors of the event Mr. Swastik from Vsquare Pvt. Ltd.

Cash prizes were announced to the award winners for the following categories –Best Oral presentation was awarded to Ms. Vanessa Barnes from Vision Care Lab, Mumbai, Best E -poster was awarded to Ms.Keerthana, Intern -Elite School of Optometry, the best scientific Review was awarded to Mr. Krishna Shah –CL optometrist, Sankara Nethralaya, the best photography by Ms. Varsa Harinya, CL optometrist, Sankara Nethralaya and the Best Quiz Winning Team was Manipal College of Health Professionals, Manipal, Karnataka.

Overall the session well on well with lots of brainstorming discussions and appreciation from all the delegates.

BD India Awards Sankara Nethralaya Main Lab

Becton Dickinson India Pvt Ltd, BD LIFE SCIENCES (BD) awarded Main Laboratory SNSC Clinical Laboratory as the top performer in the National level pre –analytical quality check on 26.06.23.

BD National level Phlebotomy Championship Quiz

Ms.Rajalakshmi from Main laboratory was announced as the winner and received the award for the year 2022-23. 

Sankara Nethralaya hosts the 5th Annual Retina Summit 2023

5th Annual Retina Summit 2023

The 5th Annual Retina Summit 2023 was held on 30th June and 1st July at the Taj Coromandel.  The theme focused on “Macular Surgery.”  This year’s Retina Summit was special as it was conducted after a hiatus of three years.

The eyes are a window to the universe, and the power to see this universe is concentrated in a small specialized central area of the retina called as the Macula.  Several maladies that affect this macula can instantly rob the vision resulting in central blindness.  Thus, it is extremely important to restore and repair the macular area.

Macular surgery is among the most intricate, delicate and skillful surgery.  It requires training, hard work and concentration to perform these surgeries.  Surgery for a macular hole is the most commonly performed surgery among the various macular surgeries.  With the advances in techniques, the success rate of this surgery has improved to nearly 98%.  A patient who has lost central vision due to a macular hole can have a very good chance of recovering full vision with this surgery.  Other macular surgeries are removal of epiretinal membrane, surgery for macular schisis associated with high myopia, etc.

The Retina Summit was inaugurated on Friday, 30th June 2023 at the Hotel Taj Coromandel.  Chief guests for the function, Shri N Ram, Head of The Hindu Group and Shri N Kumar, Vice Chairman of the Sanmar Group lit the lamp and commented on several sociological insights in connection with healthcare sector and gave their unique perspectives.  This was followed by a musical performance by ‘Madhan’s Band” led by Sri Madhan Prakash, and a Gala dinner.

The Retina Summit 2023 brought together the niche circle of vitreoretinal specialists who shared their experiences and insights to enrich the knowledge of the participants.  The sessions were an interactive blend of keynote talks, panel discussions, case presentations and videos.  Many well-known and preeminent national and international experts, along with Sankara Nethralaya’s in-house faculty contributed to make it a collaborative and enjoyable experience.

Sankara Nethralaya has always been at the forefront of innovation, constantly questioning the conventional and pushing boundaries to develop newer insights.  This 5th Retina Summit conference is the only unique conference being held in a highly specialized niche field of macular surgery.  It stands testament to Sankara Nethralaya’s endeavor to bring together renowned experts both national and international who will pave the way for innovations, and collaborations.  This is also a great opportunity for the young generation of Retinal surgeons in the country to learn special tips and tricks from the experts in the field.

The Retina Summit brought together 250 delegates from all corners of India and international delegates from Kenya, Singapore, etc.

Press Coverage:

Fifth retina summit inaugurated – Times of India

Doctors and journalists must work to dispel medical misinformation, says N. Ram – The Hindu

Tamil Press coverage of Retina Summit held on 30th June and 1st July Taj Coromandel