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Sunday, April 20, 2014

SPB Stage Show

SPB Special Performance

Idhaya Geethangal

Ilayaraja Tamil Songs Best Hits Collection

Kalady: The Triumph of Faith Over Time (Rediscovery of Sri Adi Shankarac...

The Sage of Kanchi: Life of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (Part 3 of 7)

The Sage of Kanchi: Life of Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati (Part 1 of 7)

Maha Periyava Rare Footage : Vellore Vijayam Dated Feb 15th 1984

Periyava Kural: வேத ரக்ஷணம்

Periyava Kural: வேத ரக்ஷணம்

'Periyava Kural' Audio Release At Sankara Nethralaya On 8th Jan 2013

'Deivathin kural' upanyasam_Apr 13th 2013 - Shri Ganesa Sarma

தெய்வத்தின் குரல் உபன்யாசம்: ஸ்ரீ கணேச சர்மா

Periyava Kural : Kamakshi Kadaksham

Experience With Maha Periyava: Ahobilam Jeer swamigal

'Periyava Kural' - Sankara Nethralaya function_8th Jan 2013

Sankara Nethralaya’s passion for service is now a proud record on the ‘Limca Book of Records’

The Elite School of Optometry is the teaching and training arm of Sankara Nethralaya offering basic to advanced courses in optometry in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani. It is rated as among the best optometry schools in the world and also engages in collaborative research and knowledge dissemination with some of the world’s best optometry institutions. In keeping with the Sankara Nethralaya philosophy and spirit of service to society, the institution engages itself in delivering cost free community ophthalmology in the form of high quality, comprehensive eye screenings. While the ESO conducts such free eye screening camps on normal days and important days such as World Sight Day, World glaucoma week, Eye Donation fortnight etc in the neighborhoods of the city, its forte is screening of school children. It conducts regular camps at schools in the State and in AP jointly with the Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya. The salient feature of these camps is the distribution of special, unbreakable glasses to the children. The Elite School of Optometry was also in the news recently for developing the first Logmar chart for eye testing in Tamil and having them installed in public places like the Anjaneya temple, Ashok Nagar, Anjaneya temple, Nanganallur and Jeeva Park, Thiyagaraya Nagar to enable the general public check their eye power/sight by themselves. This has been very well received by the public.

The 8th of October 2012 turned out to be a Red Letter Day for the ESO and a watershed in the history of community ophthalmology in the country. In an extremely well planned and perfectly carried out exercise of mammoth proportion the optometrists, optometry students, friends, volunteers and members of the Lions Club numbering 123 grouped themselves into 15 teams and fanned off to 38 corporation schools spread over Royapuram, Washermanpet, Adayar, Taramani, Velacheri and Thiruvanmiyur. A massive 8469 students were screened for all kinds of refractive errors in a high level screening operation that started at the stroke of 8:30am and ended at 4:30 pm. This was followed by distribution of free glasses and referral of more complex cases to the base hospital.

This herculean effort has been recognized by the prestigious ‘Limca Book of Records’ as a national record for the maximum number of eye screenings to be performed in a single day and the ESO has been issued a certificate for the same.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ELITE SCHOOL OF OPTOMETRY - ESO sets a National Record

The Sankara Nethralaya Academy launches ‘Nethra Vidhya’ a highly interactive and educative continuing education program

As an institution in the forefront of Sankara Nethralaya’s real time teaching and training initiatives the Sankara Nethralaya Academy had launched the ‘Continuing Optometric Education Program’ back in 2010. The same was revived, enhanced, aptly renamed as ‘Nethra Vidhya’- A Continuing Optometric Education Progam- 2014’and relaunched recently with great enthusiasm. The first session of this series of six educative, informative and interactive sessions for students/practising optometrists titled ‘Progressing with the Progressives’ a clinically relevant topic for all practising optometrists and students got off to a flourishing start at the Sri VD Swami auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya Main campus on 30th of March, 2014.

The program started with a welcome address and introduction to the COE series by Ms. Anuja R Singh - Head of Optometry Courses, the Sankara Nethralaya Academy. Thirty three participants consisting of students, and practising optometrists from different levels attended the session which covered topics like fitting and designs in Progressive lenses, recent advancements, different progressive lenses available in the market and so on in great detail. The afternoon saw participants attending a live practical session which included a visit to the Sankara Nethralaya Optical services unit and a demo of visioffice equipment. This was followed by videos on lens manufacturing and case presentations on different trouble
shooting conditions. The participants were presented with a kit sponsored by Essilor which included basic equipments needed to fit Progressive addition lenses. The in-depth observations and guidelines by the speakers gave a rare insight into the art and science of fitting Progressive addition lenses to the participants and made it a day to remember and cherish. The rapt attention and the excellent and encouraging feedback by the students attending the session is a testimonial to the in-depth quality of the topic material and ground work which had gone into preparing and presenting the program and the excellent skills of the presenters.
The session ended with a vote of thanks by the Sankara Nethralaya team with all the participants having enjoyed the full day session on the art and science of dispensing Progressive lenses.

The next ‘Nethra Vidhya’ COE session is slated to be held on 4th May on the topic "Modern trends in IOL Power calculation".

Certification ceremony of the sixth batch of the “Weekend CERTIFICATE COURSE IN HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT (CCHM)”

The event was conducted to present Certificates to the sixth batch of The participants of this course belonging to mid and senior level management positions from a broad spectrum of health care institutions ranging from single specialty to multi-specialty hospitals found the course to be of great relevance to their vocation in terms of enhancing their skill sets, equipping them to handle direct and related healthcare issues and to organize their departments much better.

While the course won overall praise for its holistic approach to hospital management, in-depth, wide and well researched content and professional levels of tutoring by the faculty, TSNA staff members won praise and admiration for their efforts in making the entire learning experience very pleasant and memorable.
The certification awarding ceremony of the 12 weekend certificate program in Hospital Management conducted by the Sankara Nethralaya academy, an education wing of the Sankara Nethralaya, a unit of Medical Research Foundation was conducted successfully on 12.04.2014 at the Sri VD Swami Auditorium, Sankara Nethralaya Main Campus.

On their successful completion of their course the students had the good fortune of having an interactive session with the Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya & the SN Academy Padma Bhushan Dr SS Badrinath, they shared their experiences with him and received their certificates from him.
The Senior Management Executives from premium health care institutions like Med India Hospital, Trinity Hospital, Hindu Mission Health Services, Madras Medical Mission, DOC Medical Services and other renowned Healthcare institutions who participated in this weekend Certificate Course in Hospital management shared their feedback about this session most enthusiastically.

We take pleasure in sharing their views and feedback below

Mr G Bharanidharan – Novartis Healthcare Pvt Ltd:
The TSNA’s Hospital management Course has really helped me a lot in my personal and career growth by helping me to identify and leverage my hidden skills and to improve my Leadership capabilities, Time management, Sales skills, rapport building, Customer care and customer satisfaction, I would like to thank the SN academy and its staff for conducting the CCHM course which has helped in vastly enhancing my knowledge.

Mrs Ashlatha V - Administrative Officer, MMM, Chennai:
A well thought out and formulated course, a difficult task on the hand for the organizers to conceptualize and capsule it in a compressed version. It gave us - the participants, a bird’s eye view of the functioning of various administrative departments of a hospital. Overall the course provided us an insight into the functioning of hospital administration.

The various reference or interesting material related to hospital administration and individual growth sent to the participants was of great help in understanding various aspects and enriched our knowledge and understanding. Also a special thanks for emailing our course material after every session which will serve as a reference for now and future. A structured and extremely professional course from a well structured and professional organization.

Mrs.T.C.Sharmila – Vice Chairman, Med India Hospital, Chennai:
Thank you very much for the wonderful experience we had at the week end course in Hospital Management at Sankara Nethralaya.I really enjoyed and learnt many things that has to be looked forward to run a good hospital. ACADEMY AND ADMINISTRATION are like two wings needed to come out in flying colours.

Ms Sabri Jayanthan – Director – DOC Medical Services, Chennai:
The Indian healthcare industry has progressed at an impressive pace over the past few years. Growing population, increasing affordability, increased health insurance penetration, increased patient awareness, out-of-the-box unconventional thinking by the healthcare players will drive the future of healthcare services in India. Attending The Sankara Nethralaya Academy`s Weekend Hospital Management course has helped me identify avenues for improvement in my institution. With this knowledge we can move forward positively and make a difference to the society.

Mr A Mahalingam – The Program coordinator and Assistant Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy took this opportunity to thanked the participants for their cooperation and wished them on their successful completion, he also thanked the organizations which had sponsored their staff members for the course, he had a high word of praise for the dedication and knowledge of the faculty members and thanked them for their excellent support to run this course very successfully. The Assistant Registrar also announced that the Sankara Nethralaya Academy`s 2 days national Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Hospital Administration would be held on 9 & 10th May 2014”

The forthcoming seminar would witness in –depth and interactive sessions on every facet of Hospital Administration by eminent personalities and experts in their respective fields which would equip the participants to gear up to the stiff competition emerging in the healthcare industry. More details available in our website: www.thesnacademy.ac.in

Students from Premium European B – School highly impressed with Sankara Nethralaya’s infrastructure and services

The ‘Management Center Innsbruck’ is a premium educational institution in Austria which offers in MBA, MSc and many Executive Certified programs, the institution also conducts management seminars and research. The institution partners with the IIT-Madras for its management programs and its students spend a part of their semester at the IIT-Madras. The students of the Innsbruck management Center visited the Sankara Nethralaya main campus and the Jaslok Community Ophthalmology Center identified by the IIT-madras as a preferred destinations for their on the job learning at a healthcare center. The students met the Executive Director Dr KS. Vasan and were thoroughly briefed on the various activities of the institution by Dr SS.Badrinath. They were highly impressed by the Research, patient care, training and teaching and extensive community services being carried out. They had a high word of praise for the staff who served with a smile, their dedication and team work and the low infection rates of the institution even by world standards. The students from Innsbruck and the faculty of IIT were most satisfied and fulfilled with the visit.

We take pleasure in sharing the note of appreciation from the Professor& Dean, Management Studies at IIT-Madras to the Assistant Registrar of the Sankara Nethralaya Academy below

Dear Sri Mahalingam,

We have few words to express our thanks and gratitude for the superb arrangements you made to enable the students from Management Center, Innsbruck, make a fruitful visit to your facilities. We must thank all of your colleagues who participated in making the visit very valuable. Special thanks are due to your Chairman, Dr. Badrinath and his team for having spared valuable time to interact with the students. I must add that the lunch was delicious and everyone enjoyed it.

The students have shared their happiness at having directly learned about one of the finest eye-care facilities, and most importantly, the social and operational dimensions of your Institution.
If there is any way we could be of use to your work, please do inform me. Looking forward to further association with you and all in your team, and with

Best wishes,
L. S. Ganesh.Professor, Department of Management Studies (DoMS), and Dean of Students, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MADRAS, CHENNAI 600036. INDIA.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

A highly touched and moved Badrinaths see an extension of their ‘dream turning into reality’ at Gujarat on their visit to the ‘Drashti Nethralaya’ located in the deep and remote tribal settlements of Gujarat!

Dr SS.Badrinath and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath made a trip to Gujarat to visit a place very close to their heart, a place inspired by their institution and governed by the same lofty principles of service and sacrifice. The Drashti Nethralaya which they were visiting is a fruit of the passion, dedication and sacrifice of a highly motivated and idealistic doctor couple Dr Mehul Shah and Dr Shreya Shah serving the poorest of the poor patients living in the second biggest tribal region of the country. Dr Mehul Shah had done his Fellowship in vitreo retina at Sankara Nethralaya, he was highly inspired by his Alma Mater and wanted to set up a similar facility functioning on the same principles at his native Dahod in Gujarat which is not served by the most basic Medicare. It was a great challenge and the young doctor received the total support and cooperation of his wife Dr Shreya Shah, the couple proved singlehandedly that where there is a strong will there is always a way. The Drashti Nethralaya treats 80% of its patients totally cost free and has evolved special techniques to deliver high quality eye care to the tribals.

The selfless service being rendered by this young couple to the have-nots at considerable cost to their own life style, comfort and well being highly impressed and moved Dr SS.Badrinath and he observed in the visitor’s book ‘All of us have dreams and we are most happy when these dreams are fulfilled, today I stand in front of the Drashti Nethralaya most happy with my dreams fulfilled. Thirukural the ancient Tamil treatise on life and the principles of living says that nothing can be more joyous to parents than the moment when their children achieve greatness and are recognized by the world and this was a moment of pride to the parents of the institute (Sankara Nethralaya) which inspired the young doctors into creating the Drashti Nethralaya.

Do not let unhealthy vision practises become an occupational hazard; let occupational optometry enhance the power of your vision and productivity

Most of us would recall the caring advice from our parents and elders at home during our early schooling days on the need to adopt a proper reading and writing posture, a posture which would let the light both natural and from the electrical lighting at home to fall on our books to enable better visibility. It was common for elders to pull us up for reading in a dimly lit room, sitting against the focus of the light or in some case stooping over the books and letting our own shadows block the light. Our elders although not formally exposed to the nuances of optometry took a commonsense approach to optimal lighting in the work/study place; they realized that poor or wrong lighting would harm the eyes and quality of work and we received our first lessons in occupational optometry in the form of lighting and its impact from home grown wisdom. Today Occupational Optometry is a highly developed and advanced science and art which lays the principles of lighting, eye safety, vision and eye care suitable for a wide array of occupations. Adherence to the principles of occupational optometry at the workplace ensures the safety and good health of the eyes, better vision leading to greater accuracy and work perfection and ultimately to an increase in production. The Elite School of Optometry the teaching and training arm of Sankara Nethralaya pioneered the teaching of occupational optometry more than a decade ago. Professor Dr P.P.Santanam a renowned occupational health medicine specialist who served as the Principal of the institution and Dr SS.Badrinath, Chairman Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya were instrumental in according its due importance to occupational optometry right at the inception of the institute.

We take great pleasure in sharing an interesting article on this vital branch of optometry by Dr R.Krishna Kumar, Principal, Elite School of Optometry


Good vision (eyesight) of the individual and adequate lighting on the task in the workplace is essential for optimal work performance of the personnel in any industry. It helps in reducing the accident rate and absenteeism and positively enhances the safety, health, morale and well being. In turn, it helps any industry to increase productivity, quality and success. Studies have shown that good lighting can be expected to increase productivity by about 8 % in metal industry. This can be undoubtedly improved further by taking care of the seeing abilities of the workforce through step by step approach of occupational optometry care (eye care).
In occupational optometry program, the optometrist is primarily concerned with stimulating and coordinating the efforts of management to ensure the effective and productive utilization of vision of the employees and its conservation through the following:

Visual task Analysis of different jobs in work area: Visual task analysis aims at acquiring the information on visual demand each job creates on the individual worker at the job. Optometrist will visit each work station and collect the following details: job description, lighting, working distance, size of the task, work area, position of the worker on the job, need for eye/head movement, need for extent of field of vision, need for color vision, need for depth perception, need for special accuracy of the job, need for personal protective equipments, hazardous materials/ chemicals and its impact on the eye and vision. In addition, individual job competency will be sought from the work station supervisor.

Determination of the Visual capability and defects of employees: Based on the visual task analysis of different jobs in work area, battery of tests will be planned and the visual capability and ocular status of the each employee will be documented. For example, the stereopsis will be the part of the examination if binocular function is found to be needed for the job. Color vision testing will be done if the job demands color vision function. In addition, each employee will be asked for his/her ocular symptoms, general health status and any previous ocular history (e.g. injury and exposure to physical, electromagnetic radiation and chemical hazards). Also, stress will be laid on the availability of personal protective equipments and its usage.
Management and Referral: At the end of the examination, glasses and personal protective equipment will be prescribed along with the proper usage and maintenance. Proper advice will be given to the employees on contact lens usage. For other conditions namely, binocular vision anomalies, ocular conditions (cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy etc.) proper referral will be done. However, for conditions like dry eye, if the occupation/environment is found to be the inducing factor proper advice will be given.
Indoctrination and Education of employees: Awareness campaign among the workers and the family members will be done through various methods especially on how to safeguard ones eyesight in working environment. Also on general awareness about various systemic diseases related to eye. Importance of regular eye check up and personal protective equipments and their benefit both to the individual and to the organization will also constitute the education of the employees and the employer.

Report to the Employer: A report will be submitted to the employer along with the recommendations on spectacles, safety eye wear, lighting and other environmental related issues as observed by the optometrist.
Follow –up: This will be done after a period of six months to one year from the time of the report submitted to the employer. The aim of this visit is to see the impact of the service provided by the optometrists. It constitutes the visit to the work area, interaction with the supervisors, employees and the employer.
Also optometrists can contribute to the pre placement and periodical medical examinations of employees and give input in case of compensation evaluation.

Our Previous Experiences with Industries:

We offered our Occupational Optometry Services to the following industries:

01) Goldsmith / Jewellery making industry (organized and unorganized sector) 02) IT industry 03) Watch makers (unorganized sector) 04) Iron and steel manufacturing industry 05) Furniture manufacturing company 06) Sand Benefication plant. 07) Electronic industry 08) Lathe works 09) Agro pulp machinery small scale industry. 10) Drivers. 11) Petrochemical Industry

If you want to avail the above services for your employees, please contact the following person:

Dr R Krishna Kumar, Optometrist, Occupational Optometry Services Ms.R Monica, Optometrist, Occupational Optometry Services Email ID: kk@snmail.org or monica@snmail.org
Landline Number:044 2234 6023

Head of Sankara Nethralaya’s Contact Lens department chosen for yet another international accolade!

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators’ has chosen Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan the dynamic Contact Lens department head at Sankara Nethralaya as the recipient of the first ‘ IACLE Contact lens educator of the Year’ award for the Asia Pacific region. This award is instituted for the first time this year. The award is a high recognition of the pioneering role and accomplishments of an individual in the field of contact lens education and awareness creation. The award has been instituted by the IACLE a leading provider of educational and information resources essential for contact lens education. IACLE was started in 1979 as a non-profit and is dedicated to raising the standard of contact lens education and promote the safe use of contact lens worldwide. The IACLE award is sponsored by Cooper Vision and supported by the British Contact lens Association.It is noteworthy that the association gives only one award per region and Dr Rajeswari has been selected for the very first award for the Asia Pacific region. This year’s award would be presented at the ‘British Contact Lens association Clinical Conference & Exhibition at Birmingham, UK scheduled to take place from the 6th to 9th June 2014.
Dr Rajeswari heads Sankara Nethralaya Contact Lens clinic and is also a lecturer of optometry at the Elite School of Optometry. She is the second Indian to be awarded a PhD in optometry and the first to in the field of Contact lens. She has also completed a 9 week PROSE clinical fellowship at the Boston Foundation for Sight, USA. Dr Rajeswari was honoured as a ‘Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society’ for specialty in scleral lens fitting. The society specializes in
imparting knowledge and training to Contact Lens Practitioners in the science and art of fitting sclera lenses for Corneal transplants and Ocular Surface disorders.
The Contact lens clinic at Sankara Nethralaya plays a major role in educating users, conducting research and seminars on Contact Lens usage under her vibrant stewardship. The clinic has a whole range of contact lens comprising Pediatric, prosthetic, X-chrome, and variety of lenses like scleral, semi-scleral lenses to meet the needs of challenging contact lens requirements.

Dr SS.Badrinath and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath felicitated at Advanced Vitreo Retinal Techniques and Technology 2014 (AVRT 2014) at Ahmedabad for their valuable contributions to the field

It is more than 36 years since a young doctor considered as one of the best Vitreo retinal surgeons of his time came back from the US to serve his motherland, his passion and dream manifested as Sankara Nethralaya an eye care center which boasts of one of the finest and most advanced Vitreo-retina clinics anywhere in the world. Nothing fascinates and excites Dr SS.Badrinath to this day than his field of specialization and expertise, a man who does not miss an opportunity to keep himself abreast and staying tuned to the latest in his field, he participated in the Advanced Vitreo Retinal Techniques and Technology 2014 (AVRT 2014) at Ahmedabad where he and Dr Vasanthi Badrinath were being felicitated for their contributions to the development of ‘Retina Vitreous Specialty’ in India and for projecting the country to the international arena. He was participating at the invite of his old friend and veteran Vitreo retinal surgeon Dr Pran Nagpal and his sons Dr Manish and Dr Ashish Nagpal of the Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad.

Dr. S. Natarajan a former senior Vitreo-Retinal surgeon of Sankara Nethralaya is crowned with glory at Mexico

Dr. S. Natarajan shares his joy and excitement.
My Dear Sir,
I just landed in Mumbai from Mexico.  I remember you always, especially during a live Surgery. I did a live surgery at Mexico City. They had kept a very tough case. ‘Advance Diabetic Traction Retinal detachment’. When they showed the fundus hoto of the case to the hall, all the doctors assembled were shocked, such a tough case was put for live surgery by me. They actually pitied me. But after I started the 25 G vit with Chandelier illumination + Bimanual Scissors forceps, Delamination, roportional vitrectomy+Pfcl+Endo laser. I was quite quick, meticulous like I did live surgery at Ahmedabad in front of my Guru Dr. S.S.Badrinath and Dr. P.N.Nagpal on 23 rd March 2014. This proportional Vitrectomy Delamination is a new echnique I presented in Frankfurt on 16 March 2014. After I finished the live surgery, everybody gave a thunderous applause and the chief Dr. David declared I am the King of Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and the best who has done maximum number of Vitrectomy for Diabetic TRD in the planet. It is nice to be looked after royally as the only “THE INDIAN VR SURGEON”. Everybody speaks only Spanish.
The American speakers and myself were the only one who spoke English. The entire live surgery was translated simultaneously to Spanish and English. A great experience, as the only Indian in Mexico. So far away. Dr. De Juan, Dr. Steven Schwartz, Jules Stein and other American surgeons were zapped. Since there were no iatrogenic breaks, hemorrhage or any other complication. For this Dr. De Juan commented that I am lucky. I replied that I and Dr. Badrinath believe only Karma- Skills and not luck.
Thank you SIR!  For all your care, affection and Love. I am going to Tokyo, Japan for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 (WOC 2014). I have more than10 presentations to make. Are you coming to Tokyo?
Stanislao Rizzo and Dr. Nagpal commented that I am the Emperor.
I am very happy, to be your STUDENT!!
With lots of love and affection!
Dr S.Natarajan

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Niche ophthalmic facility springs to a vibrant start

The highly prestigious and one of its kind, Uvea department at Sankara Nethralaya got off to an auspicious launch on Sunday, 30th March 2014 at the 4th floor of the Sri Venugopal Block, Sankara Nethralaya Main campus with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Dr.Soumya Swaminathan, Director, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and Dr. K. Namitha Bhuvaneswari, Director & Superintendent, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology, Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai.

Zora Neale Hurston’s quote “Research is formalized curiosity, it is poking and prying with a purpose”, by the compeer Dr. Saranya Sarah Abraham, Fellow at the Medical Retina and Uvea Department gave a befitting start to the day’s function.

Following the welcome address by Dr. Amala E.George, Senior Consultant at the UVEA department, Dr. Mamta Agarwal, Senior Consultant, UVEA read the greeting message of Dr. Narsing A. Rao, Director of Uveitis Services, USC Eye Institute, University of Southern California, USA, who congratulated the Uvea team at Sankara Nethralaya, headed by Dr.Prof.Jyotirmay Biswas for establishing a superb sub-specialty department and receiving global acclaim for spearheading research, training and clinical management of Uveal inflammations, infections and disorders.

Introducing fellow faculty members Dr.Sudharshan, Senior Consultant at the UVEA department said the department saw over 1200 new cases every year in addition to the 3000 odd old patients who underwent complex Uveitis treatment in association with supportive specialties such as the Microbiology and pathology departments.

Dr.Jyotirmay Biswas, Director, Uvea, subtly quoting TH Huxley on “Known is finite, unknown being infinite… the quest for knowledge and research is ever growing” traced the genesis of the department from 1983 he hailed his predecessor Dr.Rajnikantha, a pioneer in Uvea, for her immaculate recording of cases that greatly aided critical research findings in intra ocular inflammations, lesions, vision threatening choroditis, her landmark study of Eales’ disease, its association with Tuberculosis and currently the study on HIV affectation of UVEA. He pointed out that the department had over 300 research publications and innumerable chapters in books to its credit, its members have authored several books, the most significant ones including “Atlas of Uveitis and Scleritis”, “Ocular lesions in AIDS” to name a few. He added that Uvea cases involving scleritis were often challenging and Tuberculosis Uveitis patients were usually treated with anti TB drugs, steroids and immuno suppressive agents and timely treatment enhanced vision restoration.
Dr.Biswas had a high word of praise for Dr. Sudha K Ganesh, Deputy Director, for her deft skills in performing complicated cataract surgeries, managing Uveal inflammations.

Introducing Dr. Namitha K.Bhuvaneswari, Director and Superintendent at the Government Ophthalmic Hospital, Chennai, Dr. Suchitra Pradeep, Consultant, Uvea department recalled that Dr. Namitha was the premier force in bringing ORBIS to India.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Namitha congratulated Dr. Biswas for his yeoman research work that helped budding Uvea experts all around the globe. Quoting statistics at government ophthalmic institutions on treatment and management of UVEAL disorders, she pleaded with ophthalmic practitioners for timely referral of crucial endophthalmitis cases for tertiary treatment to pursue damage control measures and to restore vision.

Dr.Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Associate Consultant, UVEA department introduced Dr.Sowmya Swaminathan, the Chief Guest of the evening as an authority in the treatment of Tuberculosis-Ocular diseases who had over 170 publications and 15 books to her credit and currently served as the Chair of the HIV section of the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases and Director, National Institute For Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai.

Releasing the book highlighting facilities at Sankara Nethralaya’s UVEA department, Dr. Sowmya in her presidential address, showered her praise on Sankara Nethralaya for its excellence in clinical practice, patient care, academics and being a tower of inspiration to one and all.

Dr.Sowmya had a deep word of appreciation for Dr.H.N.Madhavan, Director, Microbiology department, VRF for aiding exemplary diagnostic processes.

Dr.Sowmya recalled her association with Dr.Biswas when they treated patients for extra pulmonary TB particularly Uveitis where tissue/ fluid for diagnosis was difficult and hence diagnosis were based on other evidences, CMV retinitis, pan uveitis and multi drug resistant tuberculosis cases.

The function concluded with a cultural program by Shri Badri Surendran followed by dinner.