Notice Board

World Sight Day 2013

World Sight Day 2013 (WSD13) this year falls on 10 October 2013 (the second Thursday of October).

Key messages

  • 4 out of 5 blind people are needlessly impaired; let’s work together for the elimination of avoidable blindness. ie - 80% of blindness is avoidable (i.e. preventable and/or treatable)
  • About 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Preventable causes are as high as 80% of the total global visual impairment burden.
  • 90% of the world's visually impaired people live in developing countries.

The theme for World Sight Day 2013 is:

Universal Eye Health

The Action Plan identifies its purpose as to ‘increasing access to comprehensive eye care services that are integrated into health systems’. The theme for World Sight Day 2013 comes from this focus. ‘Universal Eye Health’ embodies many critical aspects of successful eye health uptake, and so IAPB believes that we should use a rolling theme – ‘Universal Eye Health’ will remain the theme for the next couple of years.

Each year, we will focus on one aspect of the theme to develop a “Call to Action”.

For 2013, the call to action is:

Get your Eyes Tested

The call to action recognises a vital aspect of a successful and sustainable eye health network – an informed and regular end-user base which accesses eye care services at different points, based on need, age and other such factors.

Keeping with the theme - we would want to propagate this information to all the staff and their family members to "GET THEIR EYES TESTED" .....

Added on 09, October 2013

DARSHAN 2014 – 62nd Annual Conference of Tamil Nadu Ophthalmologists Association at Coimbatore (8th to 10 Aug 2014)

The following Prizes were won by our department residents. Congratulations….

  • OSCE QUIZ – First Place – Dr. Vignesh A P (Senior Resident)
  • ET Selvam Quiz – First Runner up – Dr Rashmi Deshmukh and Dr. Praveen Kumar Seth (Final Year Residents)

Dr. Partha Chakraborty – is an alumnus of JIPMER. Both MBBS and MS (Ophthalmology) from JIPMER.

After 10-yr Lull, FRCS Exam Stages a Comeback in India

By Express News Service

Published: 27th June 2014 07:46 AM

Dr Robert Murray, FRCS chief examiner, Dr Simon Madge and Dr Chakraborty, FRCS examiners, and T S Surendran, vice-chairman Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai on Thursday | A s Ganesh

CHENNAI: After a decade, Britain’s prestigious FRCS examination made a comeback in India, when candidates from across six Asian countries appeared for the second segment of the three-part Ophthalmology tests conducted at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai.

Briefing the media here on Thursday, an examiners’ team, led by Dr Robert Murray, from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg (RCSEd) that conducts the examination, said a total of 39 candidates from India, Pakistan, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia and Sri Lanka took the FRCS (Part B) examination in Ophthalmology at the leading eye care hospital in the city. The examination was an exhaustive evaluation of the clinical expertise of the candidates, who had qualified Part A (theoretical). The final part included four years of training, the examiners said.

Stating that the Asian system of education seemed to be on the right path, Dr P Chakraborty, a JIPMER graduate and FRCSEd examiner, said the objective was to promote educational research and training exchanges between the institutions in the UK and India.

“We are here because of the demand,” Dr Murray said, adding that the last two parts of the FRCS examination revolved around good medical practices, including ethics. Candidates must answer questions related to interactions with patients, colleagues and drug companies. “Ethics is covered in both parts, but in greater detail in Part C,” he said.

On the quality of the Part B candidates, another examiner, Dr Simon Madge, said, while some were outstanding, others needed more training.

Dr T S Surendran, vice-chairman, Medical Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya, said the FRCS examination was seeing a revival at the hospital after a break of 10 years.

JIPMER alumnus gets prestigious award : Dr. Suven Bhattacharjee received the Best Paper award at the 2014 ASCRS (American society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery) meeting at Boston, USA.

JIPMERite Dr. Suven Bhattacharjee (joined 1983 MBBS batch, completed MS Ophthal 1992) received the Best Paper of Session award at the 2014 ASCRS (American society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery) meeting at Boston, USA. The paper was on his invention – Bhattacharjee Pupil expansion Ring. The device is a groundbreaking invention for Phacoemulsification in cataract surgery in eyes with small pupils that do not dilate with medications.

The Bhattacharjee Pupil Expansion Ring is far superior & versatile compared to the presently available Malyugin ring. It is perceived that the Bhattacharjee Pupil Expansion Ring will replace the Malyugin Ring globally – sooner than later. The Bhattacharjee Ring is not only safer, easier & faster to use in every situation where the Malyugin Ring or Iris hook is used, it is also going to be indispensable in Femtosecond LASER assisted Small Pupil Phacoemulsification, Bimanual Micro incisional coaxial surgery (MICS), Coaxial MICS & Shallow anterior chambers where the Malyugin ring & other existing devices are either unsuitable or a very poor compromise. A Malyugin Ring requires at least a 2.2 mm (often much larger 2.7 mm) incision and two 1.2 mm side ports. The Bhattacharjee Pupil Expansion Ring can expand the pupil with just a single 20G (0.9 mm) incision and a Kuglen hook. In Femto LASER assisted Small Pupil Phaco since the LASER procedure is done in a non sterile zone after the insertion of a pupil expansion device – Smaller and lesser incisions would translate into reduced risk of infection and inflammation. The device also reduces the severity and complications of IFIS (Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome) by virtue of its anterior flanges dampening the billowing of the iris.

Dr. Suven Bhattacharjee explains the advantages of the device in this Eyeworld interview after being awarded the ‘Best Paper’ at the 2014 ASCRS at Boston. The interview contains a 1 min video clip of the usage of the device. Please click on this link below to watch the interview:

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