The Countess of Wessex, vice-patron of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust (QEDJT), recently visited the L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) to see the impact of the ongoing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) programme supported by the trust.
ROP, which afflicts the eyes of preterm babies, is a potentially blinding disease.
Over the last 20 years, the LVPEI team has examined more than 20,900 babies and treated more than 16,100 eyes with state-of-the-art laser techniques and surgeries. The smallest baby treated was 550 grams and the tiniest baby to undergo a major surgery weighed 1100 grams, according to a press statement.
Dr Subhadra Jalali, who is currently the Director of the Newborn Eye Health Alliance (NEHA) at LVPEI, played key in establishing advanced ROP services at the Institute’s Kallam Anji Reddy Campus at Hyderabad, in 1998.
QEDJT has been supporting the ROP programme for the States of Telangana and Odisha, in close collaboration with the Governments of Telangana and Odisha, for the past five years.
LVPEI has set up city-wide ROP programmes in the neonatal care units across the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Dr Tapas R Padhi is replicating a similar programme at LVPEI’s campus at Odisha.