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Elite School of Optometry World sight day 2020

World sight day is the most important advocacy day in the eye health calendar and it’s held annually on second Thursday of October. This year World sight day is on 8th October 2020. Sankara Nethralaya along with Elite School of Optometry (ESO) always contributes to the society and as a part of this year’s world sight day and promoting the theme -“Hope in Sight” students of ESO have organized several activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, implementing the community activities is found difficult and it involves many safety precautions. Keeping in mind the current situation and in order to promote the eye care awareness, various activities are planned and the details are given below.

Activity 1

“Hope is Sight- Displaying the solidarity of the professionals”

A placard displaying the theme ‘Hope in sight’ was made and a video collage of optometrists and optometry students holding it was made displaying the solidarity of the professionals.

Activity 2

E-posters-awareness through Social Media

Innovative E-Posters creating awareness on compelling eye health safety and consequential eye donation were designed. The posters surfaced the doubts of many common people on eye donation, myopia and eye care and digital eye strain and suitable exercises. We also received accolades for the attractive and informative posters from many optometrists in various institutions. These posters were shared in social media platforms.

Activity 3

Online awareness sessions with young minds

Eye care awareness session were conducted for the students of Omega international school, Gerugambakkam. The session was organized by the school and Dr. Anuradha ESO principal delivered key points on the burden of refractive error, importance of spectacles, common ocular problems, binocular vision problems and symptoms, color vision anomalies and she also shared the common symptoms of digital eye strain which is a raising problem especially in COVID 19 situation. 55 students from 8th and 9th grade along with staff members attended the session and doubts from the students were clarified at the end.

Activity 4

Promoting eye care through stake holders -Awareness and Vision ambassador training

Sukriti social foundation is a Non –governmental organization (NGO) which works for social welfare development especially for government school students and teachers. As a part of world sight day initiative, Dr. Anuradha, ESO principal promoted awareness on burden of visual impairment and importance of compliance to spectacles among school students through online session. Almost 75 people attended the session including government teachers, Sukriti staff members and volunteers. Vision ambassador training on basic vision screening with ESO’s PVS chart (Pocket Vision screener) was also taught to them and formats for documenting the vision, finding out obvious eye problems were also shared.

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A high level meeting of specialists unravels the complexities of a highly challenging area of eye care

The Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya and Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya jointly organized a ‘Continuing Medical Education’ (CME) session on a ‘Orbital & Adnexal Tumours’ a most critical threat to vision, on 2nd February 2020 at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata. The meet was aptly named ‘X Files’ a term which denotes mystery, secrecy, suspense and surprise in popular fiction and cinema, in view of the complex, baffling and hard to ascertain nature of complications effecting this region. The one day seminar focusing on the niche area of orbital and adnexal oncology was organized by Dr Bipasha Mukherjee, Director, Oculoplastic Services, Sankara Nethralaya main campus, Chennai, as the Organizing Chairperson and Dr.Mohomed Shahid Alam, Senior Consultant, Aditya Birla Sankara Nethralaya, Kolkata, Organizing Secretary and was attended by more than 60 leading practitioners specializing in Ophthalmology, Radio-Oncology, Medical Oncology, Head & Neck Onco-Surgery and Plastic Surgery, from Hyderabad,Cochin,Chennai,Bangalore,Bombay and New Delhi.

The meeting helped in evaluating, studying and better understanding of diagnosing and treating ‘Adnexal Malignancy’ from the diverse view points of these specialists from across diverse fields. This multidisciplinary approach resulted in an in-depth and significant exchange of knowledge, know-how and real time experience leading to an enhanced understanding of several baffling issues pertaining to an ophthalmic challenge, that can be a cosmetic deformity,a threat to vision or even fatal.

The impact of the meet reflected in the attendees expressing their deep satisfaction at the learning and exposure gained and interest in attending similar programs in the future.

A lifelong crusader for need based health and safety in the workplace and play arena wins the highest acknowledgment for his contribution!

It is said that knowledge without humanity loses its purpose, it is only when knowledge helps in preventing/alleviating pain, enhances quality and productivity of life and makes the world a better place to live that it is said to have justified its existence and fulfilled its cause

The life and achievements of Dr PP Santanam who joined the Sankara Nethralaya family as a Guru and Guide, in his capacity as the first Principal of the Elite School of Optometry, a role for which he was personally chosen by Dr SS.Badrinath more than 4 decades back and continues to be a Guru to the SN family is a classic example of the above. A life spent in pursuit of making the working place safer, more worker friendly and productive, a life dedicated to understanding the niche health needs of various professions and sports persons and promotion of occupational health in India through his outstanding and exemplary contribution towards promoting healthy workplaces and his tireless efforts towards finding ‘Occupational Health’ its due place of importance  and its growth both nationally and internationally, won its richly deserved acknowledgment and honour as the Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH) conferred the coveted ‘Dr C K Ramachander Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award’ on the veteran.

The award was presented by a distinguished team of luminaries in the field consisting of Dr Ashish Mishra, Organizing Secretary, Dr SM Shanbag, Chairperson, Dr Seong Kyu Kang, Guest of Honour and Professor and Chair, Dept of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Korea, Dr Ramnik Parekh, Chief Guest and previous awardee winner of the Lifetime award, Dr Sidram K Raut, National President and Dr Hitesh Singhala, Honorary General Secretary, at the at the glittering inaugural ceremony of the IAOH and 70th National Conference of Occupational Health held at Mumbai.

The Sankara Nethralaya family conveys its warm regards and respects and expresses its hearty congratulations to its friend,supporter and Guru.

A dynamic civil servant and a media legend rise gloriously to a call for creating awareness an eye care challenge effecting children

Synergy 2019

The 5th annual all India meet of the Strabismus & Pediatric Ophthalmology Society of India (SPOSI), the professional body of Pediatric Ophthalmologists, researchers and academicians committed to cultivate & promote the study,research and practice of strabismology, Pediatric Ophthalmology,Fellowship,interaction among members and continuing education, was hosted by Sankara Nethralaya, a pioneer and leader in Pediatric Ophthalmology and correction of refractive errors and squint, on the 7th and 8th of December 2019. Organizing Chairman SPOSI and ‘Lifetime achievement’ award winner for his contribution to Pediatric Ophthalmology Dr TS Surendran, Director Pediatric Ophthalmology & Vice Chairman Sankara Nethralaya set the tone to the evening with a warm greeting and welcome to the dignitaries and attendees and a quick note on Sankara Nethralaya, the host institution with which he has been associated almost since its inception.

Presenting the annual report of the body, Professor Yogesh Shukla, Secretary – SPOSI explained how the Strabismus Society of India (SSI) became the ‘Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology Society of India’ in due course to include other Pediatric specialties like Pediatric Cataract, Pediatric Glaucoma along with Pediatric Strabismus. Describing Pediatric Ophthalmology as an understudied, hard to pursue and low paying sub specialty, he hailed the SPOSI as a dedicated body in the forefront of advocacy,awareness creation and training of this niche field, a body which has grown from a strength of 500 to 940 in 5 years, making it the largest ophthalmic sub specialty society in the country, a professional body acclaimed in prestigious overseas journals,visited by the American Pediatric Ophthalmology Society, SAARC etc. Dr Pradeep Sharma, president SPOSI hailed the great work done by the body in terms of awareness week, Kids I care week etc, he emphasized that squint was not a cosmetic problem and appealed that squint correction surgery should be covered by insurance companies like other vision reviving ophthalmic processes.

Synergy 2019

President elect SPOSI Dr S. Khokar hailed as an outstanding Pediatric Cataract surgeon,Teacher, Pioneer, Author and speaker by Dr Pradeep Sharma, present President, emphasized that given the large numbers and sheer diversity of cases in this specialty handled in India, it should be the West which should look to us for a better understanding of the same, including training and pursuing Fellowships in India. The evening witnessed some major knowledge dissemination and awareness creation on the subject by way of the launch of the ‘Atlas on Pediatric Ophthalmology’, ‘Atlas on Pediatric Cataract Surgery’ and ‘Visual and Related Anomalies in Children’ a comprehensive compilation by Dr S.Khokar and a highly interesting and informative awareness teaser on ‘Myopia Control’ aimed at the common man by Shri Badri Surendran which was launched by the Guest of honour Shri N.Ram. It was also an evening of honouring and acknowledging all those who contributed to the cause of pediatric ophthalmology, major awards including the ‘Lifetime Achievement award’ were presented by the Chief Guest

A deep involvement in the proceedings and initiatives and warm spontaneous gestures by a spirited health ministry official and a veteran from the Fourth estate, gracing the occasion underlined the collective effort and shared responsibility that made the State a preferred health care destination and raised the spirit of the evening. Delivering the guest of honour address, long time friend and well wisher of Sankara Nethralaya Shri N.Ram, Chairman, Hindu Group Publishing Pvt Ltd started his talk with the observation that it is Dr SS.Badrinath’s vision that led to such wonderful things in the field of ophthalmology, it was an interesting paradox when the man hailed as a wordsmith and whose publication is credited with polishing the language skills of generations of Indians admired the conspicuous absence of ‘Words’ in the day’s proceedings, a rich compliment to the achievers of the evening for the ‘few words’ that they deployed to describe the high levels of training, advocacy, awareness and great achievements, which others would have made much more noise about. The senior journalist and thought leader expressed concern on the rising instance of Myopia in the country, terming it as a crisis in the offing he called for the young generation which was most vulnerable to the threat to spend more time outdoors and take healthy food, he emphasized that the electronic and print media has a moral and ethical responsibility to raise awareness on such neglected issues in society by dedicating free space for good awareness articles. Striking a different chord from the observation of the SPOSI secretary Prof Yogesh Sharma who rued that Pediatric ophthalmology was a underprivileged and understudied sub sect, Chief Guest of the evening Dr Beela Rajesh, IAS, Secretary to the TN Government,Health & Family Welfare Dept hailed it as a ‘Super sub sect’ of ophthalmology. Breaking from protocol the dynamic civil servant left her seat at the dais and took a quick walk all the way to the last row of the auditorium where Founder& Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya Dr SS.Badrinath, had taken his seat along with the attendees, to join him in launching the SPOSI journal, adding that it was her honour to do so.The senior bureaucrat expressed relief that children who constituted 40% of those needing eye care were very safe under the care of SPOSI. Hailing Sankara Nethralaya as a legend and landmark of Chennai, she congratulated the SPOSI for its wholesome approach to the issue of Strabismus and overall children’s eye care. Observing that lack of vision is worse than being blind she listed the trailblazing health care initiatives of the State government such as induction of 32 Tele ophthalmology units for tertiary care, focus on Pediatric Ophthalmology and ante natal care. Praising Sankara Nethralaya’s extraordinary genetic mapping she invited the institution to collaborate with the Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai (RIOH) in tackling eye issues of the poor and needy. The proactive health dept official advised that nutrition and preventive care should be strongly emphasized in health care dispensing as today’s busy life led to a neglect of the same and suggested that ‘eye exercises’ can also be popularized as a preventive measure, she closed her talk with a warm invite to the RIOH museum and a call for massive public -private participation in conducting a mega ophthalmic initiative.

The highly absorbing and enlightening two day conference covering the A to Z of pediatric ophthalmology in terms of panel discussions,quiz, pot pourri,’Meet the Masters’ interesting case presentations,videos,exchange of latest diagnostic and minimally invasive treatment modalities which started with a highly educative pre -conference workshop on the 6th of December, came to a close with a sincere vote of thanks to all those who made it a grand success, by Dr Sumita Agarkar, Organizing Secretary – SPOSI and Deputy Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology Department, Sankara Nethralaya.

An institution ingrained in his values and driven by his philosophy pays a ‘bright’ tribute to the Mahatma on his 150th birth anniversary

Sneham 2020

Even a cursory glance would reveal the striking similarity between the principles, values and objectives that govern Sankara Nethralaya as an institution and the ones propounded by the Father of the Nation. The institution came into being on the clarion call made by the Seer of the Kanchi Mutt, to strengthen the nation’s health care capabilities, as a step towards self-reliance, it dispenses eye care with a spirit of service and love and without disparity between paying and non-paying patients, clear Gandhian values and principles. The institution engaged passionately in fulfilling the Gandhian dream of independence, self-reliance and dignity of our countrymen, by reviving the lost vision of the indigent visually impaired, for more than 4 decades, decided that the best homage and tribute to the Mahatma on his 150th birth anniversary would be by adopting a ‘village’ where he declared ‘The Soul of India lives!’ and ensuring the healthy vision of every single resident. ‘Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital’s Anjali to the Mahathma’ whose acronym SNEHAM most appropriately translates as ‘Love’ or ‘Friendliness’ in Tamil, the brainchild of Mrs Akila Ganesan-Director Administration, Sankara Nethralaya evolved as a vehicle to fulfil the above.

Sneham 2020

It was most appropriate that Sankara Nethralaya’s homage to the Mahatma, SNEHAM-2020, was flagged off by Shri K S Kandaswamy, Collector, Tiruvannamalai district, a civil servant passionately committed to Gandhian values, presiding over the function as the Chief Guest and Shri Surajmal Jain friend and well-wisher of SN and a philanthropist deeply ingrained in Gandhian values and patron of the Suraj Sankara Nethralaya, as a guest of honour. Delivering the welcome address, Dr. Chandrakanth,-In-Charge of the Suraj Sankara Nethralaya, Tiruvannamalai hailed the occasion as a Red Letter Day and a giant step in the institution’s community outreach initiatives, he underlined that SNEHAM-2020 being flagged off most appropriately by a Gandhian civil servant will empower and liberate the villagers living in 150 villages in the district through revival of vision. Dr Anuradha Narayanan, Assistant Professor at the ESO and a driving force behind the project hailed that SNEHAM-2020 will bring Vision 2020 (100% vision) to the underprivileged, by year 2020 by eliminating avoidable blindness through massive screening of the local population, the expert in eye screening highlighted that these camps will help in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, refractive errors and offer preventive/curative care and free glasses. She highlighted that the success of any project depended on the people behind it and hailed the generous gesture of Mr Milind Jadhav, Senior Director, Inclusive Business & Philanthropy, South Asia, Essilor, gracing the occasion, for committing a staggering 50,000 spectacles, approximately valued at INR 1.5 crores for free distribution, from the Essilor Foundation, as their contribution to the project. Dr Anuradha thanked the Collector and Shri Surajmal Jain for supporting the distribution of self-help kits to the schools in the district with the help of which teachers could do basic eye examination of the students. Hailing the Collector as the very epitome of humanity Shri Surajmal Jain highlighted the humanitarian services rendered by him to the district which made him a fan of him, sterling qualities which came for fulsome praise with live examples in the intro of the chief guest by Mrs Akila Ganesan-Director Administration, Sankara Nethralaya

Delivering the Chief Guest’s address Shri KS Kandaswamy, Collector, Tiruvannamalai district exclaimed that it was a golden day for the district and expressed his thanks to Sankara Nethralaya for launching SNEHAM-2020, he hailed Shri Surajmal Jain’s generous gesture of donating an entire hospital for a noble cause as a rare gesture in today’s world adding that his numerous service initiatives have made him as important to the district as it’s administrative machinery. He underlined that SNEHAM 2020 would be a critical preventive care initiative which would help in diagnosing and treating ailments through its massive school screening programs. The service minded Civil Servant lamented that education today is unfortunately being viewed as something that would simply improve the scope for employment and earning opportunity of the individual and its larger role of imparting knowledge and character building is often neglected, he exhorted the students gathered in large numbers not to allow small hurdles to block their big goal, he advised them to not look for the family inheritance and instead focus on gaining knowledge and learning, as wealth will diminish with the passage of time but knowledge cannot be destroyed and will stand by them all through their life. He closed his talk on an emotional note that each brick of their classrooms will carry their dream and will happily and proudly welcome them when they achieve their dream and visit their old school as highly successful men and women.

SNEHAM-2020 Sankara Nethralaya’s ambitious cost free outreach initiative and 150th birth anniversary homage to the Mahatma put its best leg forward with its maiden eye screening camp at the Suraj Higher Secondary Matriculation school, Melthangal village, Chetpet Taluk, Tiruvannamalai district, the venue of the launch.

Sankara Nethralaya’s pioneering department makes a strong impact at international topical meet.

OPAI 2019

The Oculoplastic Association of India (OPAI), the premium body engaged in promoting education,research,quality of care in the complementing fields of ophthalmic plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, ocular oncology, aesthetic surgery, oculo-facialplastic surgery, held its 30th Annual conference on the 6th,7th and 8th of September 2019 at Guwahati. The meet attended by a large number of professionals in the field from various parts of the country and abroad was conducted by Sri Sankaradeva Nethralaya under the Aegis of the Ophthalmological Society of India.

OPAI 2019

The high power event proved to be a great knowledge acquisition and dissemination exercise for the participants with interesting workshops, ocular quiz, ocular debate, presentation of Free Papers, e posters. Videos, Ophthalmic Premier League, a grand round with experts giving participants the rare opportunity to discuss and clarifytheir doubts with the Masters in the field from all over the worldand review of challenging cases. Members of the team from Sankara Nethralaya’s Orbit, Oculoplasty, Aesthetic& Reconstructive Services made a strong presence at the event by demonstrating their subject matter expertise and presentation skills.

We take great pride and pleasure in sharing the details of the honours won by them

Best Video: Film festival – Competitive video session
Tackling the Nidus (Embolization and Excision of Orbital AVM) – Dr Nisar Sonam Poonam, Dr Shebin Salim, Dr Bipasha Mukherjee, Dr Swatee Halbe

Best Team: Oculoplasty Premier League (OPL)
TEAM AVENGERS!
Avenging a Volume Deficient Socket (Autologous Fat Transplant) – Dr Nisar Sonam Poonam

Best Photo:
A Monster’s Reflection (Sebaceous gland Carcinoma) – Dr Md. Shahid Alam, SNK

Young Ophthalmologist Oculoplastic case competition – YOSI session
Runner up
Battling a Unique Mold (Orbito-rhino-cerebral aspergillosis) – Dr Varsha Backiavathy, Dr Bipasha Mukherjee, Dr Veena Noronha, Dr Krishnakumar. S, Dr Lily Therese

Best e poster in lacrimal session:
Lacrimal sac Solitary Fibrous Tumor – Dr Avriel I Gudkar, Dr Bipasha Mukherjee

The Sankara Nethralaya family conveys its Hearty Congratulations! to the members of its pioneering department for keeping the Sankara Nethralaya flag flying high at a highly prestigious topical meet!

 

Sankara Nethralaya partners with Google to create, validate and implement advanced vision screening algorithms

It came as a feather in the cap for an institution in the forefront of embracing medical and non medical technology and constantly improvising and innovating its ophthalmic and non ophthalmic processes to find solutions to emerging ophthalmic challenges and enhance quality, reach, speed and convenience in dispensing eye care, when Google the global technology and communication giant engaged in the pursuit of solutions to social and humanitarian issues chose the institution as its preferred partner in developing an Algorithm to detect diabetic retinopathy a major ophthalmic issue threatening to deprive the vision of millions around the world and macular oedema caused due to myriad contributory factors, a condition which could lead to permanent vision loss if not detected and treated early. The collaboration involved conducting real time validation of the deep learning algorithms and implementation of the same.

Senior Ophthalmologists from the institution provided the vital ophthalmic/biological inputs in terms of markers/indicators to the Google team who leveraged artificial intelligence, exhaustive neural networks and complex mathematical systems to develop a deep learning algorithm which can detect diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema with amazing accuracy, speed and perfection. The algorithm was put to real time test at the Sankara Nethralaya’s main campus at Chennai and at Thailand and its findings were evaluated by a team of senior ophthalmologists. It was a moment of great jubilation for the Google-SN team involved in the exercise when the specialists adjudicated the accuracy of the findings as being on par or even superior to findings by a qualified ophthalmologist. The institution credited with landmark technical innovations like developing and implementing one of the earliest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, the DNA macro chip in ophthalmology, internet aided tele-ophthalmology camps and the one of its kind in Asia Mobile Eye Surgical Unit (MESU) will now be leveraging this most advanced screening algorithm combining exhaustive neural networks and complex mathematical systems to detect diabetic retinopathy.

Encouraged by the success of the DR detecting algorithm the Google-Sankara Nethralaya team is now working on developing a similar algorithm to detect the progression of diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema.

The Eye donation pioneer leverages youth power and creativity to drive home its critical message

World Tamil Chamber of Commerce

Sankara Nethralaya joined hands with the Nethra Sevak Sangh (NSS) cadre at the Dwaraka Doss Vaishnav Doss college, known for their commitment and service to social causes, to drive home the critical message of ‘Eye Donation’ as part of its city wide celebration of ‘National Eye Donation Fortnight’ (August 25th to Sept 8th). The event witnessed in-depths talks on the various facets of eye donation by senior members of the institution including Mr SVG Subramanian, Senior Manager Administration, gracing the occasion as the chief guest, Mr Hari babu, Manager-CU Shah Eye bank and Mr Ganeshan, Principal, DG Vaishnav College. An entertaining and informative skit by the students, dispelling myths and highlighting facts of eye donation followed by a vibrant exhibition of youth power in terms of a rally with participants holding aloft placards espousing the day’s theme and raising their voice for its cause followed by a most artistic assembly of students in the formation of the human eye were the key highlights of the event.

The exciting awareness creation exercise culminated with distribution of certificates to the participants and a heartfelt vote of thanks by Mr Janakiraman, Social Worker at the CU Shah Eye Bank, Sankara nethralaya

Senior vitreo-retina surgeon from Sankara Nethralaya gets high level exposure and certification in cutting edge technologies of the future

World Tamil Chamber of Commerce

‘Ocular Imaging’ in its broad sense could possibly be cited as the most significant advancement in the clinical evaluation of ophthalmic diseases. The versatile and highly advanced nature of this technology enables the ophthalmologist to ascertain a host of critical parameters like dimension, thickness, qualitative and quantitative measures, values and micron level changes which makes its role critical in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of the entire gamut of retinal diseases. It was a significant forward step for Sankara Nethralaya, an institution in constant pursuit of acquiring the latest ophthalmic technology, know-how, skill sets and hands on training when Dr Aditya Verma, Senior Consultant, Shri Bhagwan Mahaveer Vitreo-retina services, located at its main campus in Chennai, was conferred with a Fellowship in this most niche area by one of the foremost ophthalmic institutions in the world. Dr Aditya Verma completed a most eventful and exciting year (2018) pursuing research in ‘Ocular Imaging’ both as a technology and process in all its manifestations at the Doheny Eye Centre, University of California, Los Angeles, at the end of which his knowledge and skills in the field were acknowledged by awarding of a ‘Fellowship’. He also gained rich experience in Medical Retina at the UCLA clinic where he was involved in patient management as well as treatment.

World Tamil Chamber of Commerce

The exposure and learning of emerging diagnostic modalities involved gaining experience in newer technologies like ultra wide field (FFA&ICT/Color Fundus), OCT angiogram, (spectral domain OCT) which would prove to be a great value addition to the institution’s endeavours in diagnosis and treatment of patients. It is noteworthy to mention here that the Fellowship provided Dr Aditya Verma the hands on skills in working in some of the top global brands like Zeiss, Topcon, Optos etc and machines and processes which are still at an experimental stage in clinical practice, as some of them are awaiting FDA approval.

The Sankara Nethralaya family expresses its hearty congratulations to Dr Aditya Verma on being awarded a Fellowship in such a niche area by a non-profit, service oriented ophthalmic institution with a standing of more than 70 years, an institution not only considered to be among the foremost in the world in clinical research and medical education but also one which shares Sankara Nethralaya’s service orientation through its philosophy of conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight and wishes him many more significant milestones in his pursuit of knowledge.

VR team from Sankara Nethralaya bring home the Oscar in showcasing innovation in complex retinal surgery

World Tamil Chamber of Commerce

Endophthalmatis could be the nightmare of a surgeon performing any intraocular intervention, occurrence of this painful and highly infectious condition has been found to be higher in cases of Keratoprosthesis than other surgical processes. Hence it is a matter of great pride and joy to the SN family that an audio visual presentation demonstrating the successful overcoming of this daunting and highly prevalent challenge by a team of Consultants from the Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Department of Vitroretinal Services, being recognized with one of the most coveted awards in the world of Retina, at one of the most prestigious topical meets.

World Tamil Chamber of Commerce

We take great pleasure in sharing that the video on the above titled ‘Salvaging an eye with endophthalmatis and permanent Keratoprosthesis’ prepared jointly by Dr Ekta Rishi and Dr Pukhraj Rishi was awarded the ‘Rhett Buckler Award’ considered as the Oscar of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). The award assumes special significance because video presentations at the annual ASRS meet assume the scale of participation and competition on par with a film festival and high emphasis is given to clarity of image and presentation, flow and narration as much as to the depth of knowledge/skills shared.

It was a moment of triumph and joy to the SN family when Dr Ekta Rishi consultant at its Bhagwan Mahavir department held aloft the highly impressive 8 pound 24 carat gold plated, Oscar like statuette at the 37th Annual meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) held at the Hyatt Regency, Chicagoi, Illinois, on the 30th July 2019, to the thundering applause of the select audience from the across the world. The Sankara Nethralaya family conveys its hearty congratulations and good wishes to Dr Ekta Rishi and Dr Pukhraj Rishi for this high honour conferred on their impactful demonstration of overcoming a most challenging condition in VR surgery and wishes them many more achievements and accolades in their professional journey.