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Sankara Nethralaya observes ‘World Diabetes Day’ with great zeal and purpose

As an ophthalmic institution laying high importance on the preventive aspects of eye care as much as its curative aspects, Sankara Nethralaya has been in the forefront of creating awareness on the various facets of preventive eye care since its inception. Short films and events on the importance of  eye donation and the massive Diabetic [...]

Sankara Nethralaya takes a huge forward step in treating ‘irreversible blindness’

Scientists have successfully grown stem cells isolated from cadaveric human eyes in the lab. Hema Vijay explains that one day, a patient’s own stem cells from the eye could be used as a source of donor cells to cure retinal blindness.
It is a huge step forward in the challenging path leading up to the development [...]

Do not lose sight of diabetic eye disease!

What is Diabetic Eye Disease?
The eye functions like a camera. Light enters through the front of the eye, the cornea and gets focused by the lens to the retina. The retina changes the light into nerve signals and sends them to the brain. So without a retina, the eye cannot communicate with the brain, making [...]

Visionary move: Gujarati philanthropist’s charity helps the needy in Chennai

Sankara Nethralaya, a Chennai-based hospital that offers cutting edge eye treatment to people and follows a pay or free model, is worth emulating in the state.
The seed capital for starting the trust-run hospital was given by Gujarati philanthropist C U Shah.
Director of research of Sankara Nethralaya Gopal Ligam said that the hospital has successfully modeled [...]

Research Fellow wins Best Poster Award

Ms. Vidya Srinivasan, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Vision Research Foundation, was awarded the prestigious B.S. Narasinga Rao Award, in Clinical Biochemistry, for her poster presentation, at The Society of Biological Chemists meet held at IISc, Bangalore from December 13-15, 2010.
The poster on “Adiponectin: a therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy” is [...]

Don’t close your eyes to Diabetic Retinopathy

By Dr. Rajiv Raman
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in India. According to the World Health Organisation, India is expected to become one of the major hubs of diabetic population during the next two decades. The number of adult-onset diabetes mellitus cases is expected to witness a staggering 266 per cent increase — [...]

Diabetic Retinopathy – awareness, the need of the hour

From being the 17th cause of blindness 20 years ago, diabetic retinopathy, in India, has ascended to the 6th position today. Recent advancements in medicine have no doubt helped in diagnosing and treating the condition, but ophthalmologists believe there is much to be done.
Dr. Arup Das, Chief and Professor of Ophthalmology, Cell Biology and Physiology, [...]

Sankara Nethralaya at ARVO 2010

The annual ARVO conference, which was held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, saw ophthalmic experts from around the world participate in a series of symposia, poster presentations and deliberations. A seven-member team from Sankara Nethralaya took part at the event held from May 2- May 6.
Dr. Lingam Gopal, senior Vitreo Retinal consultant and Director, Research, Sankara [...]

ESO’s Vision Screening Activities

Refractive errors (need for glasses) are the second main cause for avoidable blindness and the role of Optometrists in reducing this condition is significant.
Elite School of Optometry, a pioneer in the field of optometry education in India, is involved in many screening activities, including cataract and diabetic retinopathy. School children vision screening occupies the major [...]