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Team of Doctors all set to Travel to Akola to Attend the Vidharbha Ophthalmic Society Meeting on October 18th and 19th, 2014. 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.

Institute starts Fast-Trac and Safe Surgery Training for DNB Residents. September 2014.  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.

Asia Pacific Glaucoma Society, September 2014.  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.

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.

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.

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

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’

‘Constellation’ the advanced vitrectomy system form Alcon arrives. April 8th, 2014.   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. 

Institute acquires ‘Centurion’, the advanced Phacoemulsification system  for cataract Surgery from Alcon.  April 8th, 2014.  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. 

Suraj Eye institute to celebrate World Glaucoma Week. March 2014.   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.

Institute to Set up  a Cataract Lane. March 2014.  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.

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 Ophthamic 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. 

Dr. Francis Hiddema  visits  Suraj Eye Institute. March 2014.   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. 

Paediatric Ophthalmology sees significant upswing 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. 

Keratoplasty  ecosystem evolves signficantly at Suraj Eye Institute. February 2014.   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. 

Institute Plans  innovative  training program for DNB  residents. February 2014. 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.

National Board of Examiners  grants 4 DNB seats annually to Suraj Eye Institute.  February 2014.  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. 

Upgradation of its   Phacoemulsification and Vitrectomy Instrumentation, February 2014.  The Institute has embarked on a massive excercise 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.  

Rajeev Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana, February 2014.  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.

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. 

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.

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

Newer Instrumention. January 1st, 2014.  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.

The Central India KidSight Project (CIKS) gets a boost. Jan. 1st, 2014.    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.  

Light to LIves Project January 1st, 2014. .  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. 

CIFOD Project takes on a New Avatar, January 1st, 2014:   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.

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

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

Vitreoretinal Society of India Meet December 2013.  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.

Distinguished Visitor to Nagpur. November 17-20th, 2013.    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. 

Asia ARVO. October  2013. 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. 

Maharastra Ophthalmic Society Conference.  October  2013.   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.

Founders Day Celebrations August 2013.  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.

Rural Cataract Services Study (RuCatSS) begins. August 9th, 2013.  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.

Dr. Vinay Nangia visits Casey Eye Institute, Rotterdam Eye Hospital and Nijmegen University, Department of Ophthalmology.  July 2013.    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. 

Nagpur Academy of Ophthalmology July 28th, 2013.  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.

Suraj Eye Institute to offer ‘Clinical Scientist Fellowships in Glaucoma and Medical Retina’ June 16th, 2013.  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.

Institute Submits several  abstracts to All India Ophthalmic Society and to Asia ARVO June 2013.   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’

Microbiology Lab begins at Suraj Eye Institute: June 16th, 2013.    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.

Biochemistry lab begins  At Institute: June 1st, 2013.  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. 

Suraj Eye Institute team of DNB students Wins Vidharbha Ophthalmic Quiz: May 2013.  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. 

World Glaucoma Congress:  July  17th -20th,  2013.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.

Vision 2020 Annual Conference at Bhopal, April 6th and 7th, 2013.   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.

Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department Begins. March 15th, 2013.   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.

Central India Focus on Diabetes -Expands. March 15th, 2013.    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.

Global Glaucoma Week. March 10th to 16th.   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.  

Eye Trauma Care System  (EYETRACS) March 1st, 2013.  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.

Central India KidSight. (CIKS) February 2013.  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. 

Suraj Eye Institute to be a partner of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) Feb. 2013. 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. 

Central India Focus on Diabetes – February 2013.  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.

Ready to Clip  Frames – February 2013.  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.

The Nagpur Million Project sees greater traction – February 2013.   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).  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.

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

September 30th, 2012.  The program is a resounding success with a total of 

190 in the audience.  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. Read a full report 

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September 25th, 2012.Dr. Vinay Nangia 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. 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.