‘Sankara Nethralaya’s first PhD degree recipient in the area of Low vision care’ Dr. Sarika Gopalakrishnan

Ms. Sarika is a senior optometrist in the low vision care department of Sankara Nethralaya. She helps patient with low vision by providing appropriate devices and enhancement training to improve the quality of vision to make them function independently while performing their day to day activities. She had enrolled her PhD degree with SASTRA University, Thanjavur in the year 2016. She worked under the guidance of Dr. Rajiv Raman, senior Ophthalmologist in Vitreoretinal services of Sankara Nethralaya.

Her PhD work was on virtual reality technology to measure the visual performance of patients with low vision and augmented reality technology for intervention of patients with low vision. She completed her PhD Open viva voce titled ‘Innovative evaluation and intervention of individuals with low vision’ on 8th Mar 2022 in the presence of external examiner Dr. Suraj Senjam from R.P. Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, Delhi. She was officially declared as ‘Doctorate in Philosophy’ by the SASTRA University on the same day. She has many peer reviewed publications from her PhD work.

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