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Sunday, February 9, 2014

For amblyopia, spectacles are best: Prof. Del Monte

Amblyopia — decreased vision in one or both eyes resulting from abnormal visual input to the eye — in children can best be treated with spectacles, said Monte Del Monte, director of paediatric ophthalmology, Mott Children’s Hospital, Michigan.
Professor Monte was in the city to deliver the 11th Mrs. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture organised by Sankara Nethralaya and Madras City Ophthalmological Association on ‘Updates on Amblyopia Diagnosis and Treatment for the 21st Century’ on Tuesday.
“Spectacles alone are a powerful treatment for amblyopia. Sometimes, patching of the good eye is not necessary, and if it is, full-time patching is not. Atropine often works as well as patching and may be better tolerated,” he said.
He said the delayed diagnosis of amblyopia was a concern, and the best prognosis required early diagnosis and treatment before the child was three or four years old.
“In the United States, there are 19 million children under the age of five. Three per cent (6,00,000) of them have amblyopia, the largest cause of childhood vision loss,” Prof. Monte said. He added that several cases continued to be undetected until the age of five.
Addressing the gathering, health secretary J. Radhakrishnan, said there were eight million visually impaired persons in the country. One of the challenges in ophthalmic care was that nearly 80 per cent of ophthalmologists were based in cities.
“Ophthalmology is one of the fields in medicine that has made rapid advances but we still have cases of congenital cataract, squint, glaucoma and refractive errors,” he said.
He called for coordination between the government, the private sector and leading NGOs to create awareness about eye diseases and early detection. S.S. Badrinath, chairman emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya and T.S. Surendran, vice chairman of the hospital, as well as several others participated.

Spectacles alone can be a powerful treatment for amblyopia

Spectacles alone can be a powerful treatment for amblyopia, which is the largest cause of childhood vision loss, according to Professor Monte Del Monte, director-pediatric ophthalmology, Mott Children’s Hospital, Michigan.
The professor was addressing a gathering of students and pediatric ophthalmologists during the 11th Mrs Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture titled ‘Update on Amblyopia diagnosis and treatment for the 21st century’ on Tuesday. The lecture was organised by Sankara Nethralaya and the Madras City Ophthalmological Association.
Professor Del Monte added that while wearing spectacles alone can help equalise between the two eyes, full-time patching was not necessary and in some cases, it wasn’t necessary at all.
Amblyopia is an eye disorder that results in decreased vision in one or both eyes, resulting from abnormal visual input to the eye(s).
The condition, if treated early, can be completely eliminated.
“But for early treatment, we need early detection. Early detection can be improved through advocacy and education, developing technology and conducting genetic research,” the professor said.
He further said that the critical period for vision development and prevention of amblyopia was from birth to seven-nine years and diagnosis as early as three to four years can bring best results in treatment.
The professor also spoke about the prevalence of the disorder in the United States and said that around three per cent of the total 19 million children, which is about six lakh, under the age of five, have amblyopia.
He elaborated on the various efforts taken in the US in screening children for amblyopia and discussed how drug (atropine) and patching (small patch worn on the eye) worked as treatment for the condition, apart from spectacles.
Earlier, Dr J Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, said that both public and private along with NGOs should work together in creating awareness particularly on the rapid advancements in treatment and services available.
“In India, about 63 million people have vision problems and in that eight million are blind. The main challenge of administrator is that 80 percent of ophthalmologists are city based,” the doctor added.
Dr T S Surendran and Dr SS Badrinath of Sankara Nethralaya and Dr Namitha Bhuvaneswari, Director of Regional Institute of Ophthalmology and Government Ophthalmic Hospital, were also present at the event.

XI Dr.Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture

In what could be construed as an unmistakable sign of its growing relevance the Dr. Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture the high level talk on pediatric ophthalmology conducted annually by Sankara Nethralaya found a prestigious co-sponsor for its xi edition in the Madras Ophthalmological Association the eminent ophthalmic body. Delivering the welcome address Dr. Jameel Rizwana Hussain from the Elite School of Optometry underlined that visual morbidity is increasing in children and the lecture would certainly help in addressing this alarming trend. Dr Sumitha Agarkar, Deputy Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology traced the formation of the endowment lecture to the close relationship between Dr Vidyasagar Dharmapuri and Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya. She observed that according to the WHO there are 12 million children who are partially or fully vision impaired on account of refractive errors but the good news is that ambylopia is curable if treated properly and at an early stage. Speaking on the occasion Dr R.Srikanth, Senior Consultant, Pediatric Ophthalmology Dept recalled the contribution of Dr TS.Surendran, Vice Chairman, Sankara Nethralaya who single handedly started and operated the pediatric ophthalmology department for almost two decades, he reiterated that the Amblyopia Clinic was a highly specialized clinic which worked in tandem with the Low Vision Clinic, orthoptics dept and the electrophysiology department. He highlighted that the 15 month Fellowship programme in pediatric ophthalmology, the weekly journal club, small group discussions and special clinic for special kids were major steps in the advancement of pediatric ophthalmology at Sankara Nethralaya.
Felicitating the Guest of Honour Dr J. Radhakrishnan, State Health Secretary, Dr T.S.Surendran thanked him wholeheartedly for accepting his telephonic request and gracing the function in the midst of his busy official schedules, he described the popular Civil Servant as a man who rises to great heights of service during calamities and a Collector who has been consistently recognized as ‘Best Collector’ for 4 times.
Delivering the guest of honour speech Shri Radhakrishnan, Health Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu observed that in an overpopulated country like India the sheer volume became a reason of anxiety in visual impairment as in most problems. He rued that while the country had a staggering 8 million visually impaired 83% of its ophthalmologists chose to serve in the cities leaving such care out of bounds of the villages. He had a high word of praise for Sankara Nethralaya’s partnership with the government in collective public-private partnership health programs. He made an emphatic appeal to members of the Media assembled at the venue to create awareness on health issues by giving prominence to health news and make their coverage more credible by publishing news from authentic, peer reviewed sources and not hearsay or unfounded sources. The function witnessed the honouring of Dr. Shanmugasundaram, veteran Pediatric Ophthalmologist from the Child Trust Hospital along with the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour
Dr Kavitha Kalaivani introduced the Chief Guest and Speaker Monte Del Monte, Director of Pediatric ophthalmology & Adult strabismus, Skillman Professor of Pediatric ophthalmology and Pediatric and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan and Director of Pediatric ophthalmology at the Mott Children’s Hospital, as a man with 25 years of rich experience in teaching and training, an expert in complex strabismus surgery, researcher in biology and recipient of the Best Doctor of America’ award. Chief Guest of the day Dr Monte Del Monte gave a most educative and enlightening talk on the topic ‘Ambylopia Diagnosis’ highlighting the various kinds of ambylopia, he observed that ambylopia was the single largest cause for childhood blindness in the USA. The experienced doctor and professor enriched his talk with diverse case studies of ambylopia and the inferences made. He spoke on the need for special screening methods for childhood ambylopia in view of the fact that the patients were young children and their responses may not be consistent or confirmed. He explained how advocacy and education with mandatory comprehensive eye examination, legislation and regulation and the role of bodies like the American Academy of pediatrics, American academy of ophthalmology and American Association for pediatric ophthalmology had helped significantly in the battle against ambylopia. The expert on the subject formulated an FAQ on ambylopia and answered each of them for the benefit of his audience.
The highly interesting and informative session ended with a Q&A session which helped the senior consultants and students clear their grey areas and share their views with the expert and a warm vote of thanks by Dr.S.Meenakshi, Director, Academics, Sankara Nethralaya.

Vedanta,Spiritualism & Science

Sankara Nethralaya observed the 150th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda the patriotic saint with an undying love to his motherland aptly on the 26th of January 2014 being observed as Republic Day, with a powerful talk on ‘Science and Spirituality’ by Swamini Pramananda the eminent spiritual guru, social worker and expert on Vedanta. Dr Srujana Chittipotu, Head of the Core Instrumentation laboratory extended a warm welcome to the audience with a brief note on Ammaji which was followed by a melodious invocation by Ms Sadhana daughter of Dr. Niveditha Narayanan, Senior Consultant, Cornea Department. Dr J.Malathi, Reader, Microbiology Dept introduced the speaker of the day as a disciple of Swami Dayanand Saraswathi, an eminent teacher of philosophy and expert in the Upanishads, a versatile and warm person who provided spiritual guidance to the terminally ill while working for the empowerment and upliftment of tribal women and running the Purna Vidya and its sub branches which work towards awakening of the society to oneness and harmony.
The guest speaker Swamini Pramananda gave a most powerful speech on the topic ‘Science and Spirituality’, highlighting on the difference between spiritual and material civilizations, she explained that science and spirituality are two distinct fields which neither compliment not contradict each other. She added that while science is about subject matter, observations made and documented, spirituality is about perception and faith underlying that both are essential for a harmonious living. The learned monk touched on the Advaita Vedanta philosophy where there is no past, present or future and no two separate entities of God and Man but one absolute consciousness and one Omnipotent being. Ammaji reiterated her beliefs and convictions on being givers that she had underlined earlier in her R-Day address with a philosophical touch that all our actions should stem from the Joy of contributing and sharing and a focus on being a contributor and how one becomes bigger by giving more.
The impact of the spiritual talk on the audience could be gauged by the wide array and number of questions it elicited from them, not questions seeking mere  information but questions from disturbed and disillusioned minds seeking the truth and philosophy of existence, while the spiritual leader could answer many questions, time came as a constraint for the Q&A session and an overwhelmed Swamini Pramananda expressed that she would be happy to organize a full day exclusive session for Sankara Nethralaya employees either at her retreat at Coimbatore or at the Sankara Nethralaya centre at Chennai if Dr SS.Badrinath gave his nod of approval.

Patriotism and Spiritualism blend and complement each other

In keeping with the centuries old tradition of the country where patriotism and spiritualism blend and complement each other Sankara Nethralaya celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda the 20th century spiritualist and patriot along with the 66th Republic Day of the Nation. The quadrangle between the Mahyco and Ramanatha Iyer blocks was filled to capacity with members of the senior management, consultants, staff members and their families gathered enthusiastically for the occasion. The day’s proceedings started with a moving patriotic song by Ms. Maria a student of the Elite School of Optometry and a ceremonial March Past after which Swamini Pramananda reveriantially known as Ammaji, the Chief Guest of the Day unfurled the tricolor, followed by the rendering of the National anthem by the entire gathering.Shri T.Arokiaswamy, Social Worker from the Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology got the day’s proceedings to a great start and food for thought with an interesting anecdote from the Mahabaratha where the ace archer Arjuna sees only his target while other archers get distracted of their focus by extraneous things , he drew a parallel of how Dr SS.Badrinath  set his target like the great Arjuna and pursued it with single minded focus, never losing sight of it for once, he observed that  Sankara Nethralaya the institution he started has reached many impressive targets and exhorted the Sankara Nethralaya family members assembled on the auspicious occasion to take an oath to work towards the goals he set for the institution at the time of its inception and pursue the same with his blessings.
Dr Lily Therese,  Head of the Department, Microbiology  gave an interesting account of the Chief Guest Swamini Pramananda, she traced the life of the intensely religious little girl, the bright young lady who went on to do her Masters in Microbiology at the New York University and how her childhood sentiments came back to visit her with renewed vigour making her give up everything to take a life of an ascetic, revive the Vedic heritage, serve and impart value based education through the Purna Vidhya and other institutions founded by her. Dr Lily Therese ended her introduction with a note that it was most auspicious and a great blessing for the institution to observe a function graced by Ammaji as the very first function of the year.
What followed was a most inspiring talk by the Chief Guest on the sacrifices made by the founding fathers of the nation for the cause of this sacred land and soil, she emphasized that they got a great sense of fulfillment in being ‘Givers’ underlining that real joy lies in being givers and not consumers and wondered if the Nation would have been freed if they had chosen to be consumers instead of givers. Making a most touching account of the sacrifices of the fearless patriots the freedom fighters and the pain and torture they underwent for their conviction and beliefs, she asked the audience to introspect if they have contributed anything to the nation that they won independence for. Ammaji pointed out that Sankara Nethralaya was as a true ‘Giver’ and exhorted everyone assembled to make a strong resolve to give more than they receive, start leading from the front and not look for leaders to lead them. The occasion witnessed Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya dedicating the plaque encapsulating the qualities of Strength, Vision, Patience, Initiative and Courage presented to him by the Ramakrishna Mission to the employees of the institution by  presenting it symbolically to Srimathi Usha  of the Medical Transcription department being recognized for completing 30 years of service. Speaking on the occasion Srimathi Revathi from the Nursing Department described Dr SS.Badrinath as a true patriot who flew only by AIR INDIA and how freedom fighters and army personnel are provided cost free eye care at Sankara Nethralaya the institution he founded. She described the Sankara Nethralaya family as a true example of upholding familial values and the spirit of ‘Unity in Diversity’. Patriotic songs by Shri Anand Prasad and Ms Sushmitha and her group from the Elite School of Optometry and the narration of Swami Vivekananda’s life story by master Vishal added colour to the day’s proceedings
It was a day of jubilation for the employees and their children as they received their service completion and recognition awards for service and academic excellence from the Chief Guest and members of the Senior Management and Consultants, The momentous event came to an end with a warm vote of thanks by Ms. Sudha Mohan, Senior Manager, HRD.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Certificate Course in Hospital Financial Management

Certificate Course in Hospital Financial Management

Two day Topical Seminar On “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration”

Two day Topical Seminar On “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration”

Members of Sankara Nethralaya’s clinical laboratory make a mark at prestigious CME

In a clear exhibition of subject matter expertise and knowledge, staff members of the Main laboratory at the Sankara Nethralaya main campus bagged 3 awards in the midst of stiff competition in the recently held (1/02/2014) ‘Environment Health and Safety” a highly topical CME with great relevance to today’s world, conducted by METROSPHERES the interactive medical education initiative of LISTER Metropolis the nation’s leading provider of clinical and diagnostic services and the Inter Laboratory Quality Assessment (ILQA), Bangalore, the stringent external quality assessment and support body for laboratories.

We take great pleasure in sharing the details of the same below

1. Ms. Praveena. R, Junior Executive won the First Prize in the Quiz Contest

2. Ms. Saumya T.S, Senior Laboratory Technician won the Second Prize for her Poster Presentation

3. Ms. Kamatchi .G, Junior Research Scientist won the Third Prize for her Poster Presentation

The Sankara Nethralaya family joins hands in congratulating these dedicated young women and wishes them many more distinctions and laurels in their pursuit of knowledge and learning!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Guidelines for abstract submission

Please prepare your abstracts in Microsoft Word 2007 (or earlier releases). Please name the file after the Presenting Author and include the extension “.doc” or “.docx”. For example, if the name of the Presenting author is Krishna Kumar, the file name could be “Krishna_Kumar.doc”. If you plan to submit more than one abstract, please add a number after the name of the file. For example, if Krishna Kumar submits two abstracts, his files could be named “Krishna_Kumar_1.doc” and “Krishna_Kumar_2.doc” for the ease of differentiating the abstracts.
The abstract should be organized in the following order:
                        1. Title of the abstract should be in BOLD CAPITAL letters. The title should be precise and be informative of the content of the abstract.
                        2. List of authors. Please provide the Presenting author separately. Then mention all other contributing authors as Co-authors. Please give the full names of all contributing authors. If authors have different affiliations, please use numeric superscripts after the author’s name.

Eg: Presenting Author: Krishna Kumar R 1
Co-Authors: Jameel Rizwana 1,2, Rashima A 1,2, Anuradha N 2
                        3. List the affiliations of the authors with full address. Please precede each affiliation with the appropriate numeric superscript

Eg: 1 Elite School of Optometry, Chennai
2 Medical and Vision Research Foundation, Chennai
                        4. The abstract: All abstracts (excluding the subheadings) should be 300 words or less in length. Abstracts could be submitted in any of the three following formats:

Format for the abstract:
I. Research: The abstract should be clear and should adequately describe the work done, results obtained and conclusions drawn. The abstract should be divided in to the following subheadings: (i) Purpose, (ii) Methods, (iii) Results, and (iv) Conclusion.
II. Case Study: The abstract should be clear and should adequately describe a single case or a series of similar cases, the clinical procedures used to at the diagnosis, the treatment given and the outcome. The abstract should be divided in to the following subheadings: (i) Introduction, (ii) Case Details, and (iii) Management/ Treatment and iv) Outcome.
III. Free-form: Any work with a clear description of the work and the outcome is accepted in the free-form format. The appropriate content for this format would be the exposition of a new technique, theory or proposition of a research question.

Area of Research:
All abstract should have the mention about the area of research to be selected from the following fields. Only one field must be selected per abstract. This number must be mentioned during online submission
                        1. Cornea and External eye disease
                        2. Cataract
                        3. Glaucoma
                        4. Retinal Disease and Diagnostics
                        5. Refractive error
                        6. Contact Lens
                        7. Binocular Vision & Vision Therapy
                        8. Pediatric Vision Care
                        9. Low Vision Care
                        10. Innovations in optometric education
                        11. Others (Specify) ________________________

Thirteenth Dr E Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session- 15th and 16th March 2014 Pre-conference Symposium – Contact Lens – Clean, Care and Comply CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Thirteenth Dr E Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session- 15th and 16th March 2014
Pre-conference Symposium – Contact Lens – Clean, Care and Comply

Elite School of Optometry (ESO) has been encouraging optometry research in India for the last few years in many ways. One of the main activities of ESO in this regard is the annual conference on vision science and optometry. In 2002, in memory of the late Principal Dr. E. Vaithilingam, ESO initiated a national scientific session to encourage optometrists and optometry students from all over India to present their research work. Every year, the quality and quantity of presentations have been increasing.
This year, the Thirteenth Dr. E. Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session is scheduled to be held on the 16th of March 2014 at the V D Swami Auditorium, Research Building, KN BIRVO Block, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. The event will last from 9 am to 5 pm.
What’s new this year?
Every year we introduce new research initiatives to encourage optometry research and practice among students and eye care practitioners in India. This year we have a symposium on “CONTACT LENS - CLEAN, CARE and COMPLY” on March 15th 2014 as a pre-conference feast for participants of Thirteenth Dr E Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session. Eminent speakers on contact lens would give talks on those topics, with an interactive debate session. Abstracts are invited on these topics for Free Paper session following the symposium.
The organizing committee invites abstracts of research findings in all specialties of eye/vision care for presentation at the Thirteenth Dr. E. Vaithilingam Memorial Scientific Session.
Abstract submission for both pre-conference and conference will begin on the November 25, 2013. Abstracts can only be submitted online. Submissions have been extended to January 31st, 2014. For further information, please write to evmemorial@gmail.com. As always, prizes will be awarded to the best presentations in the Regular and Student categories. Students should arrange to send a bonafide certificate from the head of their institution. This certificate should reach us before January 10, 2014.
Participation at the conference requires a registration. Only registrants will be allowed to attend the sessions and will be provided with Conference Kit, Symposium materials, Participation certificate, Snacks/Coffee/Tea, and Lunch.
To register, please send a Demand Draft for Rs. 2000/- (Rupees Two Thousand only) for students and Rs. 3000/- (Rupees Three thousand only) for eye care practitioner drawn in favor of “Medical Research Foundation” and mail it to:
Mrs. Uma Paramesh,
Elite School of Optometry,
8, G. S. T. Road, St. Thomas Road,
Chennai – 600 016.

11th Mrs Nagamani Dharmapuri Endowment Lecture

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy makes its presence felt at prestigious Science Festival in the City

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy made an impressive showcase of itself and its contribution to the world of education and academia in general at the ‘Chennai Science Festival 2014’ organized jointly by the Science City, Government of Tamil Nadu and Anna University at the Arignar Anna Gem Science Park School, Chennai, from the 29th to 1st February 2014.

The objective of the festival was to create awareness on the role of Science in everyday life among the general public and the student community in particular and inculcate a scientific temper in them. The Theme for this year’s festival was ‘Science for Life’.

The members of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy stationed at its stall in the Science Festival explained the inception, objectives and achievements of the Academy, its niche exposure and expertise in the courses offered and their high scope to visiting students, parents and the teaching community.

The SN Academy team welcomed and explained the objectives of the institution to distinguished visitors, senior government officials and Scientists who visited the stall.

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy and Sankara Nethralaya – CU Shah eye bank also used this opportunity to brief about the importance of eye donation to the public especially to the young minds gathered. A good number of visitors evinced interest and volunteered to donate their eyes by filling the donation Pledge form available at the stall on the occasion.

Mr A Mahalingam, Ms Sreedevi, Ms Hanna Priya, Ms Ashwini, Ms Nancy, Mr Lakshminarayanan from the CU Shah Eye bank and Students of SN Academy actively participated this highly interesting and informative event.

The members of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy take this opportunity to express their wholehearted thanks to Dr.Parameswari Srijayanth,M.B.B.S.,M.Sc (Epid) and The Tamil Nadu Dr.MGR Medical University who encouraged and facilitated participation by the Sankara Nethralaya Academy in this highly prestigious Science Festival and helped in getting rich exposure to the institution and the courses offered in affiliation with our esteemed The Tamil Nadu Dr Medical University, Guindy, Chennai – 600 032.

A World renowned Optometry institution honours its outstanding Alumna in its Centenary year

Dr Premanandhini Satgunam an alumni of the Elite School of Optometry belonging to the 2011 batch who went on to pursue her higher studies in optometry at the Ohio State College of Optometry, USA has been honoured with the title ‘Notable Alumna of the Ohio State College of Optometry‘ for her academic excellence. The world renowned pioneer in optometry education is celebrating its 100th year of glorious service to the field of optometry in 2014 and has selected a few of its outstanding alumni for this coveted recognition.
The Elite School of Optometry heartily Congratulates its old student and salutes her for this notable recognition by a premium institution and wishes her many more laurels and recognitions in her academic pursuit.