Project Netra 2017: The Vision Mission’s India story

We started this present trip with a CME in Bhubaneshwar, then moved to Bhawanipatna to witness the launch of the collaboration between Trilochan and SBI foundation to make the Kalahandi district of western Odhisha cataract blind free by 2021. We then moved to Sambalpur to commence Project Netra 2017. This year TVM is supporting TN for 2000 free cataract surgeries.

Medical advances since the 18th century!

I was recently reading up on the watershed moments in the history of modern medicine and I have to admit I was overwhelmed with information. The list below is the timeline since the end of the 18th century. I may decide to update the post at a later date. 1796- Small pox vaccine introduced byContinue reading “Medical advances since the 18th century!”

Why Physicians Write?

Storytelling forms the very basis of medicine. We doctors listen to patients stories, construct a narrative and tell other doctors those stories (case presentations, studies and case reports) comparing notes with existing scientific data and collective knowledge (conferences and peer-reviewed journals). Physicians are witnesses of human drama- life, death, suffering, fear, pain and joy- every day. This theater that plays out in front of them sometimes finds catharsis and bleeds onto paper.

Ways to build a successful career in Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology has been one of the fastest growing specialties in the world. The advances in the field in the last three decades has been astounding. Yet building a career in Ophthalmology is becoming come complex. I hope to add some insight about how to get started in Ophthalmology in India

Customized Eye Prosthesis Surgery

A Customized ocular prosthesis (prosthetic eye) is considered when we have to remove an eye due to Eye Cancer (for example Retinoblastoma in children) Irreparable eye injury due to trauma (children & adults) Cosmetically disfigured eyeball with no hope of visual rehabilitation There are two professionals required for the success of this surgery Doctor- AnContinue reading “Customized Eye Prosthesis Surgery”

Can LED Screens Damage Our Eyesight?

As of now not really! There are various media outlets trying to bring a new spin to the story of LED lighting and eyes. LED lighting has improved efficiency as well as reduced power consumption. I feel this need to be seen objectively supported by actual evidence and not the hypothesis of scientists in aContinue reading “Can LED Screens Damage Our Eyesight?”

Thyroid Eye Disease

Thyroid eye disease is an autoimmune condition of the soft tissue such as the fat and muscles surrounding the eyes. The disease is characterized by a period of inflammation and swelling of these tissues, followed by a healing response. Our body’s immune system usually fights off infection but in an autoimmune disease it attacks the body’s own tissues with antibodies. When an autoimmune attack starts on the thyroid gland, it responds by producing more of its hormones. At the same time the auto-antibodies attacking the thyroid gland also attack the tissues around the eyes.

Retinoblastoma, A Success Story In The Fight Against Cancer

Today Retinoblastoma is treated using a team based approach. The team consists of an Ocular Oncologist, Pediatric Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Pathologist, Interventional radiologist and an Ocularist. This approach has resulted in fantastic success in care for children with Retinoblastoma.