News – Now & Again

17th November 2022: World Prematurity Day
This month, The Central India Retinopathy of Prematurity, Prevention and Treatment program at the Suraj Eye Institute completes 10 years of service for the management of the premature babies. It has been an emotional as well as an exciting journey to screen these babies and treat the ones who required intervention to save their eyes from developing advanced untreatable disease.

November 2022. EDOF lenses for young patients with cataract
EDOF lenses especially the Alcon Vivity intraocular lenses offer a new option for young patients who love driving at night. We have now started offering these options to our patients

October 2022. Phakic IOL implantation for patients with Myopia
The patients of myopia who cannot undergo kerato-refractive surgery can now avail the facility of Phakic IOL implantation at the Suraj Eye Institute.

September 2022. Facility for Cyclodiode laser for Glaucoma started
We now offer all sorts of treatment including cyclo-diode laser for patients having painful eye due to Glaucoma.

January 2022. Comprehensive treatment of Keratoconus including RGP and Rose K lenses
The Suraj Eye Institute, now provides comprehensive treatment for Keratoconus including rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses and the highly specialised Rose K lenses. This is in addition to the collagen cross linking treatment with UV rays for progressive Keratoconus and deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) for excessive scarring due to Keratoconus. Our Consultant, Dr. Prabhat Nangia (Cornea and ocular surface surgeon) has acquired specialised training for the same.

September 2021. Orbis Cybersight and Suraj Eye Sciences Academy Webinar on AI
We are pleased to introduce you all to cybersight and artificial intelligence (AI) in Glaucoma which was conducted on 25th September, 2021. The Suraj Eye Institute, in partnership with Orbis organised an exclusive interaction to explore learning opportunities with cybersight and the importance of AI in glaucoma and ophthalmology. The webinar covered medical management of glaucoma with special emphasis on compliance and changing paradigms.

November 2020.  Suraj Eye Institute acquires the  OCT 2 from Heidelberg Engineering. 
We took a giant leap forward by acquiring  the next generation  imaging equipment from  Heidelberg Engineering.  We acquired the OCT 2 Spectralis with  ability to do  high resolution OCT  at 80000 HZ frequency.  In addition there is the OCT angiography, incorporated with it.  There is also the facility to do confocal scanning laser,  Fundus fluorescein angiography and the indocyanine green angiography.  The OCT 2 allows us to do simultaneous  OCT scans along with FFA and ICG angiography, conferring an additional  ability to glean information  for our patients for improving the diagnosis, management and follow up. 

OCT 2 – Comprehensive imaging equipment for the retinal and optic nerve diseases.

November 2020  Suraj Eye Institute  acquires  HEYEX 2 platform  for image management  from Heidelberg Engineering. 
The Institute has acquired the HEYEX 2 platform, from Heidelberg Engineering to enable  seamless  connection of all three Heidelberg Devices. This will  enable to merge all the data from three instruments and also to  follow up patients from one instrument to the other.  This will also allow access to the images from other locations, where OCT machines may be installed.  The Suraj Eye Institute becomes the first in the country to  acquire the HEYEX platform  for seamless integration of  images and the ability to  assess and analyse them using this software. 

Heyex 2 platform for integration of all imaging reports

November 2020.  Suraj Eye Institute acquires. Anterion from Heidelberg Engineering. 
The Spectralis Anterior.   The Covid was an opportunity to think about  going digital as much as possible.  We acquired on of the first Anterion machines in India. The Anterion allows us high quality and accurate calculations for the lens implant power and also allows us high resolution scans of the anterior segment, enabling  better corneal management,  and improved  diagnosis and research in the areas of Primary angle closure glaucoma and  bleb  function.  In addition we are able to assess the  ultrastructure of the cataract specially useful for posterior polar cataract, providing additional safely in taking up such  cases. 

Anterion Imaging machine

November 2020.  We Restart Community Eye Health. 

The institute begins its  journeys into the community  to provide charitable  eye care for the poorest of the poor. After a wait of several months  due to Covid, in November we took the decision to venture out and do the needful for the community  in providing much needed eye health. 

We would like to thank  Orbis and Alcon for reaching out to  help us in providing training to our residents and fellows  and thereby enhancing  and helping with capacity building. Both have a strong  commitment to control of blindness in countries which need  their support. The generous support  came without asking and that is truly pro active  corporate social responsibility from Alcon and tremendous foresight from  Orbis India.  We have much to learn from  how this was done  and this has set the bar very high in our country.

One of our resident doctor screening a patient for cataract

August 2020
Suraj Eye Institute starts monthly webinars on Glaucoma – G 60, 60 minutes of Glaucoma and Imaging the eye – IE

August 2020.   Suraj Eye Institute acquires modern high quality photo  and video recording equipment
We are delighted to inform our  well-wishers and  caretakers that the Suraj Eye Institute has acquired  new imaging modalities. 
These include surgery recording system, used with the apple   iPhone and the Apple TV. In addition Slit lamp biomicroscopic  photo and video recording  have been acquired which enables  cloud storage and easy accessibility  to all the doctors and also for the patient. 

Slit lamp imaging device for anterior segment photos
Microscope recording device for recording surgeries

August 2020.  Suraj Eye Institute acquires high resolution Fundus camera from Centervue. 
The Suraj Eye Institute  took a step forward with acquiring the Centervue confocal scanning laser  Fundus camera. This enables very high quality photographs of the optic disc and the retina, which allows us to see  and understand  findings in the retina, never seen before with conventional Fundus photography. This  is a significant  step forward to assessing the optic disc, the parapapillary tissue, the macula in diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and in cases of retinitis  involving the blood vessels. This also helps in the detection of the  emboli  in the arterial vessels in arterial occlusion  cases.  

Fundus camera for acquiring high resolution retinal images

August 2020.  Suraj Eye Sciences Academy ( SESA)  begins.

The Suraj Eye Sciences Academy (SESA):   During Covid  we took the decision to begin on a journal called the Suraj Eye Sciences Academy. This would  be  as we called it the Internet  of the Eye. A web site based  knowledge resource for modern ophthalmology. We began by  weekly  publication of cases ( CaseWise). This was an exciting journey and  led to a positive look at  how we manage our  patients.  Every week  we would send out on a Sunday morning  emails to All India Ophthalmic society to  reach out to as many ophthalmologists as possible.  The CaseWise also incorporated a QuizWise and A TalkWise.  We do hope that all ophthalmologists across the country would enjoy this reading experience.

Message from the director during Glaucoma awareness week 2021

April 14th, 2020 – Webinar titled The Spark CaseWise – 2

This was a webinar organised by Suraj Eye Institute through the Zoom app on April 14th 2020. It was an interesting case discussions in Ophthalmology presented by Dr. Sarang Lambat, Consultant – Vitreo Retinal Services, Suraj Eye Institute and was moderated by Dr. Manish Nagpal, Senior Consultant, Retina Foundation, Ahmedabad

Dr. Sarang Lambat presented on various cases of premacular Hemorrhage. It was a one hour session and was attended by 115 participants. All participants had a good interaction with Dr. Manish Nagpal and got a chance to learn the finer surgical aspects related to Premacular Hemorrhage

The Invite for Spark CaseWise 2
Screenshot from the Live Webinar

April 5th, 2020 – Webinar titled The Spark CaseWise – 1

This was a webinar organised by Suraj Eye Institute through the Zoom app on April 5th 2020. It was an interesting case discussions in Ophthalmology presented by Dr. Sarang Lambat, Consultant – Vitreo Retinal Services, Suraj Eye Institute and was moderated by Dr. Rajiv Raman, Senior Consultant, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreo-retinal services, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. The aim was to present interesting cases in day to day Ophthalmic practice and discuss the scientific ways to manage them and also to discuss the literature  and recent advances in that field. 

Dr. Sarang Lambat presented a case series on Retinal Pigment Epithelial tears. It was a one hour session and was attended by 105 participants. The participants had interesting discussions and had a chance to clarify their doubts with Dr. Rajiv Raman.

The invite for webinar – The Spark CaseWise
Screenshot from the Live Webinar

February 28th to March 1st 2020. The Spark 2020 – The Central India Post Graduate Refresher Course 
The Suraj Eye Institute has always had at its core, the concept of teaching and training with a special emphasis on the budding resident doctors in Ophthalmology across the nation. With that in mind, the Spark 2020 was conducted from Friday, 28th Feb 2020 to Sunday, 1st March 2020. This was a unique Refresher course conducted for the Post Graduates from all parts of the country, so that they may be better prepared for their upcoming final exams. Eminent local and national faculty were present to share their knowledge with the PGs.

The highlight of this programme was the Central India Oration in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences by Dr Mangat Dogra, former Head of Advanced Eye Care Centre, PGIMER Chandigarh titled- “My Journey with Retinopahty of Prematurity and Implications for India”. This was followed by a Special Keynote Presentation by Dr Rajiv Raman, Senior Vitreoretina Consultant, Sankara Nethralaya Chennai on “Artificial Intelligence – Controlling blindness from Diabetic Retinopathy”.

The programme was a resounding success, with close to 140 attendees , including resident doctors and practising ophthalmologists.

December 8th 2019. Suraj Eye Institute organised Glaucoma Central – 3

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Glaucoma has always been the core speciality of Suraj Eye Institute, along with our keen interest in academics. The Glaucoma Central -3, organised on 8th December 2019 gave us an opportunity to combine our love for glaucoma with our passion for teaching. With the help of extremely dedicated international and national faculty, this day- long academic meet was attended by over 100 delegates. Sessions were focussed on medical and surgical management of glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation and optic disc evaluation. A poster and photo competition was held, with more than 35 participants. We are extremely grateful to the faculty without whom this programme would not have been possible: Dr. Rupert Bourne, Dr. Surinder Pandav, Dr. Vinay Nangia, Dr. Ashish Thool, Dr. Ashok Madan, Dr. Rajesh Joshi, Dr. Vineet Ratra, Dr. Neha Deshpande, Dr, Gunjan Deshpande, Dr. Karishma Bhate, Dr. Aditya Deo. We would also like to thank Ophthalmological Society Nagpur and Vidarbha Ophthalmic Society for their constant support.

June 9th, 2019 – The Central India Grand Rounds – 3

The Suraj Eye Institute, in association with the Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology  had conducted “The Central India Grand Rounds”. Grand rounds are an important teaching tool and ritual of medical education and inpatient care, consisting of presenting the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient to an audience. Grand rounds help doctors and other healthcare professionals keep up to date in important evolving areas which may be outside of their core practice.The event was monitored by experienced judges Dr. Sulabha Deshpande – Senior Vitreoretinal Surgeon , Dr. Rishikesh Mayee – Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Dr. Ashish Sapkal – Retina Specialist from the city. It was chaired by sub specialists of Nagpur for every case. We had participants from 8 Institutes of Vidarbha and it was well attended by the post graduates. The best case presentation award was won by Dr. Preeti Wadekar from GMC Nagpur and the second best presentation award was won by Dr. Sheetal Bajoria from Suraj Eye Institute, Nagpur.

Glimpses of the event

May 16th, 2019 : Suraj Eye Institute starts Myopia Clinic.
Since myopia has significant public health implications,  the Institute has started a myopia clinic that will specially function initially on Sundays between 10.00 and 1.00 pm. The clinic will assess the myopia and  do special measurements of the eye  and the retina. It will  also advise parents on how to  take efforts to reduce the progression of myopia in  children.  For adults the clinic will advise them about the special glasses they may use or special surgery they may undergo to correct the myopia. This helps to raise the productivity and also  for many  special sectors, such as  mining,  railways, or the armed forces it may help them in getting employed.

Patients may take an appointment  a few days prior using the appointment link on the website or speak to the counsellors at 8007120004, 8007230004

May 13th, 2019 : Myopia Awareness Week May.

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Myopia is a condition, where  one is not able to see distant  objects.  This is a refractive error that is corrected by prescribing minus lenses in the spectacles.  However there is more to myopia. The basic reason one has myopia is the elongation of the  eye ball. i.e. the axial length is increased more than what is normal for the population. This results in the images being  formed in front of the retina and the minus lenses  then push the image back on the retina allowing the person to see  well.

Myopia is increasing  rapidly all across the world. Such that it is anticipated that the prevalence of myopia  would be   significantly high  and that it may become the most important cause of incurable vision loss globally. 

The Institute has been working in the field of myopia  and  conducting research in  myopia related glaucoma and  treatment of cataract in myopia.  There are several research projects also  related to the retina and optic disc in myopia that have been ongoing since the past more than 10 years. 

April 14th, 2019 : Foundation Ceremony of Suraj Eye Institute-MIHAN.

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Shri Banwarilalji Purohit, Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu being received by Dr. Vinay Nangia.

The Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu. Shri Banwarilalji Purohit gives his blessing for the project.

February 14th Sunday  was an important occasion.  The foundation ceremony was conducted  in an elegant and dignified manner.    Shri Banwarilalji Purohit the Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu was the Chief Guest.   Dr. Francis Hiddema  Ex CEO of Rotterdam Eye Hospital, the Netherlands  and Dr. Girish Rao, Medical Director of Sankara Nethralaya were the guests of  Honour.  

The function began by Dr. Vinay Nangia, Chairman  Suraj Eye Institute talking about the vision and ideals of the Suraj Eye Institute. He described the different  subspecialties, programs and research being done at the institute.  Dr. Sarang Lambat, Senior Consultant, spoke of his work of the last 7 years in the field  Retinopathy of Prematurity, and how we had reached out to thousands of premature children, saving them from blindness.  Dr. Giirish Rao Director Sankara Nethralaya spoke about the need for excellence in eye care and prevention of blindness activities and the importance of both for India.  Dr. Francis Hiddema  declared open the Bhandara Eye Clinic.  The Patel, Seth, Kela Retinoblastoma and Ocular Oncology Unit was declared open by  Dr. Girish Rao,  Shri Rooshad Patel and Shri Navneetji Seth.    Shri Banwarilalji Seth  spoke about the importance of eye donation, and his personal experience and belief in the work being done  by the Suraj Eye Institute.  He exhorted the audience to  reach out to the Suraj Eye Institute and help in the nobel work being done  for the last 24 years.  He also honoured, Shrimati Savitridevi Biyani, Shri Rooshad Patel and Shri Navneetji Seth.

Mr. Vivek Charde  declared open the new interactive website of the Suraj Eye Institute. 

Dr. Vinay Nangia thanked the many hundreds of donors and well wishers who had reached out to help in the cause of  control of blindness and in the treatment of patients. Dr. Prabhat Nangia,  conducted the program.  The function concluded with the National Anthem, with everyone feeling  happy  about the coming up of the new building of the Suraj Eye Institute in MIHAN.  The function was packed to capacity. 

A view of the audience and well wishers.

April 10th 2019, Nagpur : Bhoomipujan of Suraj Eye Institute-Mihan
On February 10th  the SEI team travelled to MIHAN to our future site of the new Suraj Eye institute.

We had a graceful Puja for the Bhoomipujan. It was a nice feeling. Dr.Francis Hiddema Former CEO of Rotterdam Hospital arrived just in time to attend the ceremony from the Netherlands. Shri Rajendra Purohit, Shri Rahul Agarwal, Shri Kannan, Shri Parag Kotwal,  Mr. Vivek Mishra and Mr. Satish of Moraj Constructions,  graced the occasion. It was an occasion full of emotions and hope and happiness.

February 24th, 2019 : NABH Pre Accreditation Entry Level Certification

The Institute has  a focus on excellence in  eye care.  The Suraj Eye Institute was awarded the  Pre Accreditation Entry Level Certification  by the National Accreditation  Board  for Hospitals and health care providers  On February 24th, 2019. The entire team worked hard to achieve this successfully.

Dec 2017, Nagpur : Glaucoma Conference
Glaucoma is a major cause of irreversible blindness in India and the world. 90% of people are unaware that they have glaucoma and the medical, laser and surgical treatment is very challenging. The Suraj Eye Institute in association with Ophthalmological Association of Nagpur organized a conference on glaucoma. The conference had a distinguished professor from Germany Professor Jost B. Jonas. Professor Jonas has made a significant contribution to the world of ophthalmology in areas of optic disc, myopia, intravitreal steroids and epidemiology. The other speakers were Dr.Surinder Pandav from PGI Chandigarh, Dr.B.Shantha from Sankara Nethralaya and Dr.Manish Panday from Gwalior. Faculty from Nagpur included Dr.Rekha Khandelwal, Dr.Ashish Thool and Dr.Krishna Bhojwani. 

Dr.Vinay Nangia was chairman of the program and also eminent faculty. Suraj Eye Institute participated with its doctors presenting 9posters. Both the prizes in posters and in the photography category went to Suraj Eye Institute, with First and second prize in posters being won by Dr.Chandini Begum. Dr.Sarang Lambat won the first prize in photography and Dr.Hemangi Rathi the second prize. The Glaucoma Central Shield was also won by Suraj Eye Institute for the best science presented at the conference.

August 15th, 2017 : The Fifteenth Anniversary Celebrations.
This year is our fifteenth anniversary. There are any number of ways of celebrating such an occasion. We decided that we would continue to improve the quality of care that we give to our patients on a day to day basis. In addition that we would improve our internal efficiencies as much as possible. These are ongoing efforts that never stop in an organisation. However the most special celebration was that of honouring our donors and well wishers.

As a non profit foundation, we do about 40% surgeries for those who need them most from the rural and urban areas. About 50% of our out patient work is also for the needy. This work is impossible without the constant support of our well wishers. We are fortunate to have wonderful donors, who have supported our work for many years, without expecting anything in return. They know what we do year in and year out. This year we thought we would celebrate them. Four rooms were names after our donors.

1. Smt. Veena Kamalkishore Kela
2. Shri Vithaldasji Rathi
3. M.K. Sheth Charity Trust
4. Motibagh Shri Skanda Samaj, Sri Balaji-Kartikeya Temple Complex

We thank all our donors and well wishers and we know that they are a very important part of our journey. They are an integral part of our journey. When they touch us, we touch many lives. Enjoy these moments from this wonderful occasion.

July 9th, 2017 – The Nagpur Grand Rounds – 2

The Suraj Eye Institute, in association with the Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology  had conducted “The Nagpur Grand Rounds – 2 ”. Grand rounds are an important teaching tool and ritual of medical education and inpatient care, consisting of presenting the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient to an audience. Grand rounds help doctors and other healthcare professionals keep up to date in important evolving areas which may be outside of their core practice.The event was monitored by experienced judges Dr. Sulabha Deshpande, Dr. Rishikesh Mayee and Dr. Milind Changole and was chaired by sub specialists of Nagpur for every case. We had participants from 8 Institutes of Vidarbha and it was attended by 50 post graduates and general Ophthalmologists.

Glimpses of the event

September 11th, 2016 – Nagpur Grand Rounds – 1

The Suraj Eye Institute, in association with the Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology  had conducted “The Nagpur Grand Rounds” the next one from the ‘Little Spark Series’. Grand rounds are an important teaching tool and ritual of medical education and inpatient care, consisting of presenting the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient to an audience. Grand rounds help doctors and other healthcare professionals keep up to date in important evolving areas which may be outside of their core practice.

Glimpses of the Event

The event was monitored by experienced judges Dr. Vinay Nangia, Dr. Rishikesh Mayee and Dr. Rekha Khandelwal and was chaired by sub specialists of Nagpur for every case. We had participants from 8 Institutes of Vidarbha and it was well attended by the post graduates. The best case prize was won by Dr. Neha Khanna from Suraj Eye Institute and she won the grand rolling trophy.

October 18th and 19th, 2014 : Vidharbha Ophthalmic Society Meeting
Team of Doctors all set to Travel to Akola to Attend the Vidharbha Ophthalmic Society Meeting. Dr.Vinay Nangia, Dr.Sarang Lambat, Dr.Ritesh Shukla, Dr.Tina Agarwal, Dr.Arun Dudani and Dr.Neha Khanna will attend the  annual meet. All of them will be presenting  papers, posters and videos.  Watch this space for further details.

September 2014 : Institute starts Fast-Trac and Safe Surgery Training for DNB Residents. 
The Institute has augmented its training activities to provide for the best training  possible  in the 3 years that the  residents spend at the Institute. This is with the aim of creating  safe and experienced ophthalmic surgeons. In essence they are being provided the skills to be good professionals.

The Institute has augmented its training activities to provide for the best training  possible  in the 3 years that the  residents spend at the Institute. This is with the aim of creating  safe and experienced ophthalmic surgeons. In essence they are being provided the skills to be good professionals.

September 2014 : Asia Pacific Glaucoma Society.
Dr.Vinay Nangia was an invited speaker  the conference held recently at Hongkong.  His Topic was “Clinical and Public Health Translational  Elements of Glaucoma in India. The Central India Eye and Medical Study.  In addition he presented three papers on the importance of Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure that he coauthored with Professor Jost Jonas.  He was also invited to Chair  three free paper sessions along with Professor Paul Palmberg.

Achievement : Dr. Vinay Nangia becomes the new president of the Glaucoma Society of India at the 2014  GSI conference held at Bhubaneshwar recently.
He will remain at the helm for the next two  years.  He intends to  withold the high traditions of the society and  make efforts to enhance its reputation even further  through creating awareness and increasing scientific efforts.

September 2014 : Dr. Vinay Nangia invited as Faculty at the Glaucoma Society of India Meet.   
He was a keynote speaker and spoke on  Clinical and Imaging Patterns  of the optic disc in myopia and its association with glaucoma.  The conference was held at Bhubaneshwar  in September 2014.

April 11-13th, 2014 : Faculty at the Delhi Ophthalmic Society.
Dr. Vinay Nangia was invited as faculty at the Delhi Ophthalmic Society, April 11-13th, 2014. New Delhi. 

The Myopic Optic Disc in Glaucoma
Dr. Nangia will give talks on ‘The Myopic Optic Disc in Glaucoma’ , ‘Reading the Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer in the Human Eye’,  ‘Clinical Assessment of the Optic Disc’,  ‘Trabeculectomy Surgery Video’, and participate in a ‘Seniors Panel Discussion on Glaucoma’

April 8th, 2014 : ‘Constellation’ the advanced vitrectomy system form Alcon arrives.
The Constellation is known for its stellar performance in the field of vitrectomy.  It offers several benefits that  make the surgery safer and less time consuming.  This instruments is  specially useful for patients with Vitreous haemorrhage, diabetic retinopathy, Retinal Detachment, and Eye Trauma. 

April 8th, 2014 : Institute acquires ‘Centurion’, the advanced Phacoemulsification system for cataract Surgery from Alcon.
The Centurion is considered to be arguably one of the finest systems for cataract surgery.  With this instrument, the time for surgery will go down significantly. It enhances safety by keeping the intraocular pressure constant and the anterior chamber deep all throughout the procedure. Patients will now have an opportunity to  opt for Centurion Propack  for  their state of the art cataract surgery. 

March 2014 : Suraj Eye institute to celebrate World Glaucoma Week.
The Institute  began its celebrations by making more than 10,000 patients aware of the World Glaucoma Week.  It will in addition to create awareness by a series of steps including a ‘Vehicle March’ with banners throughout the city. An Awareness and interactive  lecture will also be held   during this time.  We continue to use the slogan coined by us. ‘Catch Glaucoma Before it Catches You’In addition we are asking our patients and friends to believe that ‘Glaucoma Equals Good Sight’  This is specially true  when we are aware and receive  early diagnosis and proper treatment.

March 2014 : Institute to Set up  a Cataract Lane.
A special cataract lane is being created to serve  patients with cataract, who require further treatment.  The Institute continues to provide high quality eye care and  believes this step will be most favourable for its patients and for  their convenience.

March 2014 : National Strategic Meet on Diabetic Retinopathy
Dr. Vinay Nangia attends National Strategic Meet on Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness at RP Center in New Delhi. March 2014.  This was  a meet conducted by AIIMS, Vision 2020 and the All India Ophthalmic Society. Three important decisions made were to celebrate World Diabetes Week from November, 14th onwards, to Involve all the State Societies in the  process and to create a web site on diabetic retinopathy to be managed by the AIOS. 

March 2014 : Dr. Francis Hiddema visits Suraj Eye Institute.
Dr Hiddema  has extensive expertise in mangement of eye care centers. He was the CEO of the Rotterdam Eye Hospital. He is also one of the founder members of the World Association of Eye Hospitals.  All of us at Nagpur enjoyed his visit very much and participated with him  in significant  discussions regarding management and development at the Suraj Eye Institute. 

March 2014 : Paediatric Ophthalmology Upswing
Paediatric Ophthalmology sees significant rise at Suraj Eye Institute. March 2014.  The Central India KidSight Program (CIKS)  is evolving rapidly.  There is now a list of 250 children awaiting eye surgery. The Institute is working  towards  completing the surgeries at the earliest. It is further possible that this list may reach  the magic figure of 500.  The Institute is likely to consider starting a fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology in the near future. 

February 2014 : Keratoplasty  ecosystem evolves signficantly at Suraj Eye Institute.
The Institute recently renewed its eye bank   status approval.   Since then there has  been a significant upswing in the number of patients undergoing keratoplasty at the Institute.  The Institute is now working in close cooperatiion with at least 4 eye banks and together this clinical network  enables better and timely care to the corneal blind. It is also a significant step forward in cooperation in eye banking in this region. 

February 2014 : Institute Plans innovative  training program for DNB  residents. 
The Institute will encourage residents to take up academic pursuits  and research and clinical training from a futuristic perspective. Residents will be encouraged to  develop skills related to public health, research and a greater degree of clinical skills through optional International  exposure following completion of their DNB tenure.

February 2014 : National Board of Examiners grants 4 DNB seats annually to Suraj Eye Institute. 
With this the Suraj Eye Institute moves ahead with its continuous emphasis on  education, training and research.  In essence the Institute can now take 4 residents in Ophthalmology every year. Two will join for the three year course and two residents will be post diploma  candidates  for a two year duration. 

February 2014 : Upgradation of its Phacoemulsification and Vitrectomy Instrumentation.
The Institute has embarked on a massive exercise to upgrade and modernise even further the instrumentation required for Phacoemulsification and Vitrectomy.  With this we shoot up to the top of the pyramid in cataract and retinal care.  

February 2014 : Rajeev Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana.
The Institute  is now empanelled for providing specialised eye care services for a majority of population in Central India under this scheme.   The Institute hopes to reach out to the unreached through this scheme and provide quality eye care in the field of paediatric ophthamology, retina, vitreous, cornea, oculoplasty and retinopathy of Prematurity.  The RGJAY fits in well with the philosophy of the Suraj Eye Institute and we hope it will lead us to touch the hearts of the community, that needs us most.

February 2014 : Dr. Sarang Lambat Awarded Best Paper Prize  at AIOS 2014 in February at Agra.  
Dr. Sarang won the prestigious All India Ophthalmic Society Prize for Best Paper in Ophthalmic Epidemiology for  Macular Hole and its correlations in Central India. 

February 2014 : All India Ophthalmic Conference
FAICO (Fellowship of the All India Collegium of Ophthalmologists) to be conferred at the forthcoming All India Ophthalmic Conference on Dr. Vinay Nangia for his contribution to Glaucoma at AGRA in February 2014.

December 2013:
Fellowship of the Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, was conferred to Dr.Vinay Nangia in December 2013, at a gathering held at Pune.

January 1st, 2014 : Newer Instrumention.
The Institute has acquired  a double frequency YAG laser for use in the outreach activities.   In addition we acquired a Fundus camera also to boost our Subspeciality Eye Reach (SER).  The Institute continues to upgrade its instrumentation through  a continuous process of  acquisition. World Class Equipment are a  necessity in ophthalmology and in providing quality eye care.

January 1st, 2014 : The Central India KidSight Project (CIKS) gets a boost.
The Institute will now take care of the paediatric sugeries for the rural poor children, from the districts of Bhandara and Gondia.  This is a huge effort,  not only because of the logistics and skills involved, but also because it is largely unsupported  by the government.  

January 1st, 2014 : Light to Lives Project
A big boost to the Light to Lives Project has come from a Public Sector Company in Nagpur.  MOIL has been at the forefront of Corporate Social Responsiblity and other similiar companies  may  have  much to emulate.   The Institute recevied a new vehicle and  it will now intensify its efforts in controlling cataract related blindness on a more sustainable basis. 

January 1st, 2014 : CIFOD Project takes on a New Avatar
The Central India Focus on Diabetes and Eye  has upped the ante in providing subspeciality eye care to the rural communities in a unique partnership with the Maharashtra Government.   The Institute will  now visit the district hospitals in Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Wardha and Amravati.  In addition it will provide services to Gadchiroli hospital.  An initiative that makes us happy for the possible 100% increase in output we expect.  A significant number of rural poor will benefit from this outreach.

December 30th, 2013 : Dr. Tanuj Dada, Professor Of Ophthamology and Glaucoma
Specialist from R.P. Center for Ophthalmology, New Delhi visited the Suraj Eye Institute on December 30th. We enjoyed having him with us. He appreciate the clinical work, the science and the community outreach models in practice at the Suraj Eye Institute

November 23rd and 24th, 2013 : Vision 2020  National Strategic Planning for Glaucoma Management in India. Held at PGI, Chandigarh.
Dr. Vinay Nangia was an invited faculty for the deliberations.  

December 2013 : Vitreoretinal Society of India Meet.  
The Institute will be presenting  three papers on  foveal thickness in Central India,  Venous Occlusions in Central India and comparative findings on AMD between Singapore Indians  and Indians liviing in rural India.

November 17-20th, 2013 : Distinguished Visitor to Nagpur.
We were all pleased to receive Professor Carel Hoyng from Radboud Uiversity in The Netherlands.  Professor Hoyng gave talks on genetics, in special relation to hereditary macular diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa  and Stargardts disease.  In addition  Age Related Macular Degeneration was discussed. 

October  2013 : Asia ARVO.
The Asia ARVO was held in New Delhi in 2013. The Institute presented three posters at the conference.  The posters were presented by Dr. Shubhra Agrawal, Dr. Karishma Bhate and Dr. Vinay Nangia.   The posters were on the topics of glaucoma prevalence, Diabetic Retinopathy and Pseudoexfoliation. 

October  2013 : Maharastra Ophthalmic Society Conference.
The Maharashtra Ophthalmic Society conference in conjunction with the Vidharbha Ophthalmic Society was  held in Nagpur. The Suraj Eye Institute participated in  full flow with more than 20 presentations.  These included free papers for which the Institute bagged four prizes, first and second prize in the residents section, second prize in Vidharbha Ophthamic Society and First Prize in the Maharashtra Ophthalmic Society Section.  In addition participation in the courses and guest lectures were important contributions, made at the conferences.  Dr.Ritesh Shukla, Dr.Priyanka Pardhi, Dr.Karishma Bhate. Dr.Ajit, Sinha, Dr.Sarang Lambat and Dr.Vinay Nangia participated in the science at the conference.

August 2013 : Founders Day Celebrations.
August 25th  Sunday afternoon saw  some wonderful Well-Wishers getting together  to Celebrate Sight and to Celebrate the 11th Anniversary Year of Suraj Eye Institute.Our Well Wishers  have kept the flag flying of our work in Nagpur and in the rural and urban areas in the adjacent districts.  They are an integral part of our work, our spirit and ethos. Thank you all very much for your generosity and continued support.

August 9th, 2013 : Rural Cataract Services Study (RuCatSS) begins.
This is a study that will assess  various outputs and parameters associated with our rural community eye health project, specially targeted towards cataract surgery, refraction and quality of vision.  It will serve to provide an insight about the inherent nature of our EyeReach program.

July 2013 : Dr. Vinay Nangia visits Casey Eye Institute, Rotterdam Eye Hospital and Nijmegen University, Department of Ophthalmology. 
It was a good trip to  visit  colleagues in various hospitals  across  USA and Europe. In addition Dr. Nangia also visited the ‘Friends of Suraj Eye Institute’ and ‘Rotarians’ in The Netherlands for discussions regarding  further  developments in eye care services in Central India. 

July 28th, 2013 : Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Rohit Gupta, Dr. Varsha Rahatekar, and Dr. Ritesh Shukla presented interesting academic clinical cases at a gathering of the Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology on July 28th, 2013.  Dr. Ritesh’s case presentation won the first prize.  The case presentations by Dr. Gupta and Dr. Rahatekar were also appreciated. 

‘Scientific Snippets’ :
Suraj Eye Institute website, will begin a new section titled as ‘Science-Snippets’. There will be comments on science and its application to the practice of medicine based on new research. This will provide a  ‘brief viewpoint’ of  research and is clinical applicability to eye care.

June 16th, 2013 : Suraj Eye Institute to offer ‘Clinical Scientist Fellowships in Glaucoma and Medical Retina’.
As part of our  training program, we  will be focussing on developing ‘Clinician Scientists’ through our fellowship program in medical retina and glaucoma.  There are several ongoing projects in both subspecialities and newer ones being added. These are long term  ‘Characterisation and Incidence’ based projects that will create  data that will enable better understanding of  clinical conditions for which there exists less data in India.

This is an offshoot of our Residency program, which  has already evolved into a clinical and research oriented program with all residents being involved in research as a routine part of their curriculum. Residents are greatly encouraged to  create and present science and the  track record  is now beginning to show.

Lasik Results Completely up to Expectations :  
With the excimer laser  unit (Lasik Eye)  up and running, the results of patients undergoing  the procedure are very satisfactory and patients have been happy with the results. The algorithms are working as expected allowing us to proceed with  lasik treatment with confidence.

June 2013 : Institute Submits several  abstracts to All India Ophthalmic Society and to Asia ARVO.
It is an annual ritual for all of us at Nagpur.  Come  the New Year we begin to fine tune our research, our datafiles and begin our thinking and discussion to prepare for science abstract submissions for the All India Ophthalmic Society. With the Institute have had its papers  bestowed with the ‘Best Paper’ selection several times, in Glaucoma and now in Ophthalmic Epidemiology we hope to continue to push ahead with ‘Science As Usual’

June 16th, 2013 : Microbiology Lab begins at Suraj Eye Institute
The Institute will now have access to quick and accurate microbiological diagnosis  for  ocular infections.  This will help in saving time to culture and sensitivity and enhance our medical  and surgical management for anterior segment and posterior segment disorders.

June 1st, 2013 : Biochemistry lab begins At Institute 
To offer services to our patients, the institute will now offer biochemistry facilties to our patients.  This will include  besides routine biochemistry, tests for tuberculosis, AIDS and glycosylated haemoglobin. 

May 2013 : Suraj Eye Institute team of DNB students Wins Vidharbha Ophthalmic Quiz
Residents win coveted first price in Ophthalmic quiz held for postgraduates   from 8 medical colleges in Vidharbha.  The team comprised Dr. Ritesh Shukla a third year resident  and Dr. Priyanka  Pardhi a second year resident.  We wish them all the best in their academic endeavours. 

July  17th -20th,  2013 : World Glaucoma Congress, Vancouver, Canada.  Dr. Vinay Nangia will be attending the  Glaucoma meet and giving a talk on  Glaucoma  with regard to  who is likely to develop the disease.  He will also visit other organisations in USA to further the interests of Suraj Eye Institute in the field of control of blindness and community eye care.

April 6th and 7th, 2013 : Vision 2020 Annual Conference at Bhopal.
Vision 2020 is a body  that  works towards control of blindness in India and the world.  Dr. Vinay Nangia has been invited to give  4 talks at the conference in Bhopal.  These range on various topics  related to productive administration, subspeciality community eye care,  paediatric eye programs and endophthalmitis.

March 15th, 2013 : Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department Begins.
The  Institute now begins to formally offer management for patients with cornea and refractive surgery  needs.  The department  will also provide ocular surface management using medications and surgical techniques. It will enable the Institute to serve the community in Central India even better.  Lasik Treatment is now available on a regular basis and patients  may contact  Dr. Shruti at 09372153003, Mr. Swapnil  at 09372153004 and Ms.  Sonali at 09372153007.

March 15th, 2013 : Central India Focus on Diabetes – Expands
The program that was started mainly in association with the district hospitals of Vidharbha, has grown to incorporate  detection of diabetes in the Nagpur Million Project as well as in the INDeee Program.  In this way the number of diabetics being detected has increased and the awareness being created in the community first hand by doing blood sugar for the patients has gradually increased.

March 10th to 16th : Global Glaucoma Week.
The Glaucoma week was celebrated with a number of activities.  We designed a special poster which was distributed on behalf of Glaucoma Society of India all through Nagpur at strategic locations, large corporations and doctors clinics and hospitals. We created  a slogan ‘Catch Glaucoma Before it Catches You’. This slogan was used as a headline  by the Times of India  Newspaper on March 10th which carried a special  half page on Glaucoma. The Times published data on Glaucoma prevalence and associated factors from the Central India Eye and Medical Study. In addition it published  dos and donts for patients to avoid the effects of glaucoma.  A dynamic interactive public lecture was held on Sunday 10th of march at the Suraj Eye Institute. The hall was full and rapt with attention. Patients had lots of questions to ask and the apetite  for questions and getting a better understanding was unbelievable.

Industrial ESIC Employees Eye Care.  (INDeee)
Reaching out to Industrial workers  was a long time goal, With the Institute being recognised to serve the ESIC employees,  we began in association with the ESIC office a process to reach out to the employees, that otherwise may not have had access to routine eye care. The first industry to  partner in this project was Indo Rama and the Institute  under a doctor led team examined  several patients. This was followed by examination of patients at Western Coal Fields Head quarters, with the team winning  wonderful reviews for the manner in which the eye examination was conducted.  The highlight of the event at WCL was the examination of several Diabetic patients.

UVEA.  March 1st, 2013.    The institute has now  formally geared itself for providing eye care in  the subspeciality of uveitis.  Uveitis is an important cause of visual impairment and blindness.  It is often hard to treat and requires time, knowledge and perseverance along with the relevant skill sets.  

March 1st, 2013 : Eye Trauma Care System  (EYETRACS).
Suraj Eye Institute Sets up the ‘Eye Trauma Care System’. This has been in the planning for quite some time.   With the growing team and skill sets, this was an opportune time to formalise the timely provision of quality care to patients with  eye trauma. The core team now comprises,  Dr. Ajit Sinha, Dr. Sarang Lambat, Dr. Phaniraj Kathuri and Dr.Vinay Nangia.  This team will be supported by  Fellows and residents and the OT team.  It is our intention to create  a system that will  enable  sight restoration in difficult blunt and perforating injuries and provide subspeciality skills to deal with trauma in adults and in children  for oculoplastics, corneal injuries, traumatic glaucoma and  vitreoretinal injuries.

February 2013 : Central India KidSight (CIKS).
The CIKS will  begin its first major initiative in Bhandara.  The Institute will provide eye care, including surgical eye care to  more than 50 children in the rural areas of Bhandara District.    This is a major responsibility that we aim to fulfill  by providing exceptional eye care to the children. 

February 2013 : Suraj Eye Institute to be a partner of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). 
The RSBY is a flagship scheme of the Indian Government.   The Institute will soon be able to participate in the treatment of patients covered under the RSBY. This will  enable the institute to become accessable to even greater number of people.  Low cost cataract surgery  is provide at no cost to the card holders with the government reimbursing a minimal amount to the  hospitals. 

February 2013 : Central India Focus on Diabetes.
The project started with great  anxiety and trepidation about the ability to implement a large  ambitious project has become important in its significance to the rural community.  This has brought about the possibility of adding more districts  to cover.  The project has gained the interest and attention of the National program for Non Communicable Diseases in Maharashtra.  It is poised to grow steadily bringing with it greater opportunites and challenges.

February 2013 : Ready to Clip  Frames
Uncorrected Refractive Error is the single largest cause of visual impairment in the country.  A novel concept is now being introduced in our  outreach programs to provide  quality polycarbonate glasses in spectacle frames at the drop of a hat   i.e. almost immediately using precut glasses for appropriate frames.   This is a significant incremental step forwards.

February 2013 : The Nagpur Million Project sees greater traction.
A project that all of us are very passionate about  and is unique since it aims to serve 1.2 million inhabitants in Nagpur City took off with the introduction of easy access to Cataract and lens implant surgery to the community.  While this is the beginning, the results have been greatly appreciated by the community and brought a lot of cheer to the team that has been involved in this since  almost a year now.

January 16th to 20th, 2013 (Hyderabad) : Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology 
The year began with  several papers being accepted at the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.  Papers were presented by  Dr. Karishma Bhate on  The Retinal Nerve Fiber layer – normative data from our population based normals.   On   the Prevalence of Macular Holes in Central India by Dr. Sarang Lambat,  on  Anterior Chamber Depth in Central India by Dr. Maithili kulkarni and on Venous Occlusions in Central India by Dr. Vinay Nangia.  Dr. Nangia also spoke on  laser peripheral Iridotomy,  the use of Heidelberg Retina Tomography and was an invited lecturer in the session on Epidemiology of Glaucoma, Where he spoke on the Prevalence and Associations of Glaucoma in Central India. Dr. Sarang Lambat won the best paper in Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the conference.

November 6th, 2012 : Suraj Eye Institute to launch the Central India Focus on Glaucoma. (CIFOG)
A unique project that will   explore  methods of diagnosis of glaucoma in the community.  This is considered a difficult task and is as yet  not a standard global practice.  Using fully equipped high technology vehicles the Institute will explore new clinical algorithms to  diagnose glaucoma and avoid blindness in the community. 

November 6th, 2012 : Central India KidSight’ (CIKS)
Our paediatric outreach program is named ‘Central India KidSight’.  (CIKS) The Institute will reach out to the  kids in the rural area, in need of  sight saving surgery for  cataract, glaucoma and coloboma of  choroid. In addition it will reach out to those with squint and eyelid disorders such as ptosis.

November 1st 2012 : Institute to  gear up for next generation community outreach.
To install Green Laser in mobile unit. Will soon have three vehicles  equipped  with Fundus cameras moving in the community and providing quality comprehensive diagnostic and eye care services. 

November 1st, 2012 :
6 papers accepted for presentation at AIOS APAO 2013 to be held at Hyderabad.   Dr. Vinay Nangia to participate in an invited talk and in two courses on glaucoma management.  Read Full Report

November 1st, 2012.  Co-Axial Microphacoemulsification to become routine at the Suraj Eye Institute. Incision size in phacoemulsification comes down to 2.2 mm.  

November 1st, 2012 :
New Phacoemulsification and Vitrectomy Machine installed at the Suraj Eye Institute.

October  30th, 2012 :
Suraj Eye Institute to begin to offer  Phakic Lens Implantation for  persons with high myopia, in whom lasik may not be indicated.

October 29th, 2012 : Milestone
Lasik Laser from Carl Zeiss 
to become operative in 4th week of November. A major milestone for Nagpur and Suraj Eye Institute. 


September 28th to 30th, 2012 – “The Spark ” – The AIOS Post Graduate Refresher Course :
This was a national post graduate refresher course organised with the All India Ophthalmological Society in association with the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society. It was a 3 day course attended by almost 160 post graduate students from Central India. We had almost 30 faculties who deliberated their scientific talks to all the participants. Dr. Rashmin Gandhi, Dr. Mohan Rajan, Dr. Sujata Rajan, Dr. Ramesh Kekunniya were amongst the prominent ones. The faculty and scientific program was well appreciated and the feedback was in one word ‘Great’. The Live webcast was watched by 1600 ophthalmologists, mainly from India but also from countries of UK and Middle East.

September 25th, 2012 : Talk at Glaucoma Society of India
Dr.Vinay Nangia was invited to give a talk at Glaucoma Society of India on Landmark Studies and their clinical impact. The Central India Eye and Medical Study.

September 20th, 2012 : International Agency for Prevention of Blindness  conference.
Dr. Vinay Nangia attends International Agency for Prevention of Blindness  conference at Hyderabad. Suraj Eye Institute presents  4 papers and posters.

September 15th, 2012 :
Institute to acquire  advanced Phacoemulsification Technnology and Vitrectomy Machine.

August 28th, 2012 :
Institute to Acquire State of Art Lasik machine to treat myopia and  remove glasses.

August 26th, 2012 :  
Institute conducts CME for Opticians on Optometry and community Eye Health and Suraj Eye  Institute. 

August 25th 2012 : 
Institute to conduct AIOS Post Graduate Education Program in Nagpur on September 28-30th.

August 20th, 2012 :  
Suraj Eye Institute to take up Research on Age Related Macular Degeneration.

August 12th, 2012 :
Suraj Eye Institute  organises a get together for  children who have undergone sight saving surgery to celebrate its Tenth Anniversary.

March 2012 :
Dr. Vinay Nangia visits Dr. Anand Swaroop, Senior Scientist and meets Senior Faculty at National Eye Institute in Washington.

March 1st, 2012 :
The ambitious  and comprehensive ‘Nagpur Million Project’ begins.

February  8th, 2012 :
Dr. Anand Swaroop, Senior Scientist from National Eye Institute visits Suraj Eye Institute

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