LVPEI completes 100 transplants in rural India

June 10, 2019 0 By FM

LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) performed its 100th corneal transplant in a rural eye care centre at Mudhole secondary eye centre.

Started in March 2016 with a corneal transplant at the Institute’s Dhulipalla secondary eye centre in Guntur District, experts from LVPEI have collectively performed a hundred corneal transplants in a span of just three years across the secondary centre networks in Mudhole (Nirmal District), Dhulipalla (Guntur District), Venkatachalam (Nellore District) and Paloncha (Bhadradri Kothagudem District).

“This achievement is an example of a road never travelled,” stated Dr Gullapalli N Rao, founder and chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute in a statement.

India is home to half of the world’s blind population. Out of the 15 million blind people in the country, 6.8 million are victims of corneal blindness. This number is expected to rise to 10.6 million by 2020.