January 18, 2017: Reiterating
its commitment towards eyecare, Microsoft has collaborated with Sankara Eye Hospital,
Bangalore to launch “Maitri”, a customized rehabilitation
bus that visits remote villages in Karnataka to identify citizens suffering
from vision problems and provides comprehensive rehabilitation services. With
less than 30% of the blind receiving rehabilitation services, Maitri was
conceptualized to provide rehabilitation to visually impaired patients at their
doorstep, helping them become independent and improve their quality of life. Microsoft
has contributed funding to build and launch the bus under its commitment to
corporate social responsibility and meeting the provisions of Schedsule VII of
the Companies 2013 Act.
In a pilot undertaken at Hoskote
Village, the Maitri team has screened over 130 citizens for vision issues in
the past few months. More than 30 trainings for visually challenged individuals
have been undertaken in the Mobile Rehabilitation facility. The beneficiaries
vary from small children to adults. So far, 32 visits have been successfully
concluded across parts of Hoskote with the Maitri bus and 54 patients having
been taught skills ranging from the use of Assistive devices, Computer literacy
and even home skills of how to use a stove and function in a kitchen.
3-year-old Tanmay was brought to the
Maitri bus by his parents as he had trouble paying attention to objects and was
unable to recognize facial expressions. The specialists at Maitri diagnosed him
with delayed visual maturation and thereafter, he was given a therapy for
visual simulation. His parents were also counselled about the problem and its
treatment. A month following the final visual prognosis and sessions of vision
stimulation, Tanmay can now recognize illuminated objects and has started
observing facial expressions. The journey of rehabilitation and integration has
begun for him.
Pushparaj, Joint Director, Department (Ophthalmology), Department of Health &
Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka said, “It is a matter of pride that the first Mobile
Vision Rehabilitation bus in the country – “Maitri”, has been made possible by
Microsoft’s CSR grant to Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru. This initiative will
significantly benefit the people of Karnataka. We look forward to partnering
with Sankara Eye Hospital in this wonderful initiative with other departments,
to ensure that the facilities are utilized to the maximum. We hope this will
inspire more corporates to collaborate with healthcare institutions for a
Speaking during the launch of the
service, Chitra Sood, Director – Director,
Business Management and Strategy, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd said “Giving
is something that’s central to our culture at Microsoft. Our CSR activities aim
to empower people and help them realize their potential. In our view eye health
and vision rehabilitation are one of the means to ensure that people can pursue
their dreams. The Maitri Mobile Vision Rehabilitation bus is a big step in
ensuring that healthcare reaches the door step of anyone in need.”
Speaking during the launch Dr. R.V. Ramani, Founder & Managing
Trustee, Sankara Eye Foundation said, “Our vision rehabilitation team has
helped thousands over the years at Bangalore. Distance has been a barrier
for the blind or visually impaired
to access our rehabilitation clinic from other parts of the state. We are now
taking this very service with no compromise on the quality of infrastructure or
personnel to their doorstep. Collaboration is important for us to help
integrate the blind. Maitri is a model of how a caring corporate, a dedicated organization
and the government can work together to help over 500 visually impaired
individuals from rural communities gain independence annually.”
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”) Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the
mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and
every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft set up its India
operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 7,000
employees engaged in sales and marketing, research and development, and
customer services and support across ten cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore,
Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
About Sankara Eye Hospital,
Eye Hospital, Bengaluru an NABH accredited tertiary hospital is a unit of
Sankara Eye Foundation. The hospital was established in 2008 with a vision to
provide highest quality and value for money in eye care services.
It is a centre of excellence in ophthalmology.
TheDepartment of Vision Rehabilitation at the Hospital provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation services
- early intervention, training in
activities in daily living, educational guidance, environmental modifications,
training in use of low vision devices, training in use of assistive software,
vocation guidance, guiding in getting supportive benefits from govt. & runs
a library for the visually impaired with braille, large print & audio
books. Sankara Eye
Foundation has its presence across 8 states and total bed strength of 1800.
Till date more than 1.5 million free vision restoration surgeries have been
performed across Sankara.
Bangalore, November 21, 2016: Commemorating the World Day for
Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and World Children’s Day, Sankara Eye
Hospital, Bengaluru in association with Essilor Vision Foundation organized
Child Sexual Abuse sensitization workshop for the children of Government Higher
Primary School, Aralumallige, Doddaballapur at the school premises. The
ideology behind the workshop was to educate and create awareness among the
children on Child Sexual Abuse – prevention and precautions.
Block Education Officer (BEO), Mr. Dharma Prasad- Programme Manager, Essilor
Vision Foundation and Mr. Vikram Chaudhuri- Unit Head, Sankara Eye Hospital,
Bengaluru led the workshop which was attended by around 250 students.
‘Nana Kannu’, a Children’s program by Sankara Eye Hospital screened around 260
children out of which 20 of them were found with vision defect. They were
referred to visit the hospital for further check-up and few were prescribed to
wear glasses. Moreover, the treatment for those children who will visit the
hospital will be performed free of cost.
purpose for sensitization workshop was the main focus and we at the hospital
felt the need not only to screen or test the eyes of the children but also step
up the ladder and to support them on other aspects that are most essential in
their daily lives.” said Mr. Vikram Chaudhuri- Unit Head, Sankara Eye
per national statistics report, around 53% children in India are abused and are
mostly from the rural region... The program was planned primarily for the
children who are vulnerable in every section of the society especially the
Sept 19th 2016: Sankara Eye
Hospital organized a two day Inter College T10 Cricket Tournament on 17th
& 18th of September 2016. Shri Manpreet Singh Ayali – MLA Dakha,
inaugurated the event and shared his experiences of being an athlete himself
during his younger days. Upcoming Punjabi Folk and Pop Singer too were part to
entertain and sang many foot tapping numbers.
Ludhiana, GTB Dakha, GGN Khalsa College Ludhiana, PCTE Ludhiana, Gulzar Group
of Colleges, Guru Nanak College Doraha, Sankara College of Optometry, and Sri
Aurobindo College of Commerce competed against each other. The tournament saw,
very close encounter including a super over during the knock out stages.
took the opportunity to share the message of Eye Donation and encouraged the
special invitees to sign a Plaque Card as token of willingness in support of the
generous act of Eye Donation.
Advanced Hair Studio, Coca Cola and Vipul World were also part to make this
event a success.
Bengaluru, 3rd September, 2016:
Bangalore city witnesses around 750 deaths every year due to accidents alone. These
untimely deaths can be translated to incidents that transform lives if
unhindered support is offered in the process. In an attempt to realize this Sankara
Eye Hospital, Bangalore requested the Bangalore
City Traffic Police to extend its support to connect to the families of the
donors who fall victim to road accidents with an Eye Bank in Bangalore.
honorary guest at the press meet was Mr.
Girish.S, Deputy Commissioner of police, Traffic West Division, Bangalore, who
was conferred with the title of “Eyesight Ambassador”, after he offered support
to ensure that the organ donation process is seamless in the city.
the country facing a serious dearth of donors who are willing to donate,
creating awareness on the need for organ donation is the need of the time. Even
if as many as 50% of the families are
aware and offer their support in the cause of donation, more than one life can
be saved and many more will receive a new lease of life. More importantly, when
these organs are harvested in a timely fashion, it enables the recipient to
receive a new lease of life.
often, especially during incidents of road accidents, it is seen that the
possible donors are not identified on time or the right kind of support is not
delivered in the scenario for a viable process of organ donation. In order to
alleviate this issue, it is important to ensure that sound support is available
by the authorities on the field for an effective flow of the process.
Mr. Girish.S, Deputy Commissioner of
police, Traffic West Division, Bangalore stated, “It is the moral
responsibility of every individual to ensure that they subscribe to organ
donation and take the necessary steps to ensure that at least one life is saved.
With better organization in identifying donors and a little support, it is
possible help people waiting for miracles receive a new hope in life. Bangalore
city traffic police are proud to offer the necessary support required to ensure
that the people willing to donate are identified and their organs reach the
Cannot Cure the Blind. As citizens we need to step up and motivate families of
the bereaved to donate organs.We are happy that various organisations like
Young Indians & Dr Rajkumar Trust are partnering us in this campaign
#Sign4Sight where we hope to sensitise a million Indians on eye donation."
Says Dr Kaushik Murali, President
Medical Administration, Quality & Education, Sankara Eye Foundation India
an expert point of view Dr B Suresh
Kumar Shetty, Professor and Head,
Forensic Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru, Manipal University ,
Consultant to Govt of Karnataka( Dakshina Kannada , Udupi and Coorg, said "In any accident or medico-legal death,
the law allows the organ to be donated, if the legal heir/guardian agree. The
surgeon enucleating would need to write a report to the surgeon performing the
post mortem on the status of the eye , and be willing to appear as an expert
witness when needed. In the post mortem notes, the fact that the organ was
donated as per the wishes of the donor and/or his family needs to be noted.
Eye Hospital, an NABH accredited tertiary hospital is a unit of Sankara Eye
Foundation. The hospital performs over 40000 eye surgeries annually. A premier
research and training centre for corneal diseases and corneal transplants in
the country, the Hospital treats patients from across the world.
Sankara Eye Foundation has
its presence across 8 states and total bed strength of 1800. Till date more
than 1.4 million free vision restoration surgeries have been performed. (www.sankaraeye.com)
Sankara Eye Bank partners
many hospitals, NGO’s and organisations in furthering the cause of eye
donation. Eyes can be pledged through a dedicated page www.sankaraeye.com/sign4sight.aspx. Sign4Sight is an
ambitious initiative that looks at 1 million fellow Indians pledging their eyes
in a year.
Bengaluru, 1st September, 2016:
The Varthur Main Road from Marathahalli Bridge is notorious for the procession
of cars and techies walking to reach their offices. Today evening the traffic
paused for a unique set of people on the road; family members of Organ Donors,
their grateful recipients, organisations that raise awareness and the Doctors
who performed the transplant, organizedby Sankara Eye Hospital.
event that was organized in association with Young Indians (CII), Youth for Seva,
and Sakshana NGO, was an attempt to motivate citizens of Bangalore to
pledge their eyes and become “Eye Ambassadors”, motivating families of the
bereaved to donate their eyes. The Walkathon was flagged off by Mr. Vasan,
Member of Dr. Rajkumar Trust and Mr.
Rajesh Kumar, Chair Young Indians CII Bangalore.
raise awareness on this important cause, many blindfolded themselves and walked;
innovative messages explaining the importance of eye donation studded the road.
People willing to pledge eyes were able to do so at two dedicated stalls that
were set up at the start and the end of the Walkathon for easy access, further
providing impetus to the purpose of the event.
Kaushik Murali, President Sankara Eye Foundation India, pointed out that,
“Lack of awareness is one of the main reasons for the delay in corneal
transplants. Most are comfortable pledging their eyes, but when it comes to
actually donating organs, they find excuses about age, religion or time.It is
important for all of us to Gift an Organ.”
Vasan, Member of Dr.Rajkumar Trust,who
flagged off the Walkathon said, “We have always been proactively working
towards taking the message of eye donation to each and every person in keeping
with Dr. Rajkumar’s vision. We have been partnering Sankara Eye Hospital over
the years & taking an active approach in promoting #Sign4Sight and getting
1 million to pledge, is a matter of pride for the trust.”
“It was a decision that changed ours and the
child’s life and we are proud that we found the strength and support to do it. We
knew that our son will not return, but the thought of him, continuing to see
this world through this young boy's eyes for years made the decision worth it. I
wish more people realized the value of pledging eyes”, stated the relative of a
donor whose eyes are lighting up the life of a young child in the prime of his
Sankara Eye Bank partners
many hospitals, NGO’s and organisations in furthering the cause of eye donation.
Eyes can be pledged through a dedicated page www.sankaraeye.com/sign4sight.aspx. Sign4Sight is an
ambitious initiative that looks at 1 million fellow Indians pledging their eyes
in a year.
16th June, 2016: Sankara
College of Optometry, Bangalore held “Reflektionz”, a two day
intercollegiate festival for students of optometry. Over 300 students from 12
colleges of optometry across Karnataka, Andra Pradesh and Kerala and
participated in a host of 20 competitions.
guests of the event were director of Sankara Academy of Vision and Mr. Aditya
Goyal, Principal of Sankara College of Optometry along with Mr Vivek Mendonsa,
President of ASCO and director of Lawrence and mayo and Famous Kannada actor,
Mr.Pratap Narayan who were a part of the event.
the event was face painting and a host of events ranging from literary,
performing arts to creative competitions, photography, JAM, quiz, classical/
contemporary dance, singing and ethnic parade were performed and the event was a
Professor Ravi Kumar, director of Sankara Academy of Vision was the
chief guests at the valedictory function held and he said to the students to
“Look beyond the condition at the person who is coming to them for treatment.
As allied health personnel it is essential for you to remove the fear of the
person and improve his vision.”
The festival provided young students a
fantastic platform to showcase their talent as well as compete with peers from
various colleges across South India. This festival also provides a real life learning platform to the
students as they are involved in it right from planning to execution.
2016: Eye care
has seen immense strides in the past few decades. Sankara Eye Foundation, India
is among the largest eye care providers in India. Recently for the purpose of
enhancement in the arena of patient care, the foundation has collaborated with
the University of Bonn, Germany.
Dr Kaushik Murali, President Sankara Eye Foundation India
and Prof Holz, Head of Department of Ophthalmology, University of Bonn signed
an understanding to collaborate in research, technology transfer and
transmission of knowledge.
Speaking at the meeting Prof Holz said, “We are excited at
the new partnership which would benefit us mutually. The collaboration would
include, training of the respective faculty in subspecialty in ophthalmology,
promote joint research and organize joint academic programmes.”
“It was interesting to see the level of research in rare eye
diseases at the University of Bonn. This collaboration would also help Sankara
Eye Hospital at Bangalore in establishing a similar centre for rare eye
diseases”, shared Dr Kaushik.
Dr P Janakiraman, Mentor, Sankara Eye Foundation Indian and
Dr Mahesh P Shanmugam, Head Vitreoretina & Ocular Oncology, Sankara Eye
Foundation India were part of the delegation.
About Sankara Eye Hospital:
Sankara Eye Hospital,
Bangalore an NABH accredited tertiary hospital is a unit of Sankara Eye
Foundation. Under the aegis of a nonprofit NGO, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical
Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision to provide quality eye care,
the hospital performs over 25000 eye surgeries annually.
Eye Foundation has its presence across 8 states and total bed strength of 1800.
Till date more than 1.4 million free vision restoration surgeries have been
Bengaluru, May 30th, 2016: Timken
India has donated Rs. 49 Lakhs to Sankara Eye Hospital for an Optical Coherence
Tomography (OCT), which will facilitate better diagnosis of the hospital’s
community patients. Mr. Sanjay Koul,
Managing Director, Timken India and Ms. Sunitha Pai, Head of Communications,
handed over the cheque to Mr.Vikram Chaudhuri, Unit Head, Sankara Eye Hospital,
Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive instrument used widely in
diagnosis and evaluation of response to treatment of retinal diseases. It helps
in the diagnosis of a range of retinal diseases including glaucoma. The
instrument offers efficient, speedy and more accessible diagnosis.
facilitates one to see the “cut-section” of the retina optically by
non-invasive means. OCT image allows one to look for accumulation of fluid
within the retina and also to look for growth of abnormal membranes. It is also used as an aid to diagnose
glaucoma and in the follow-up to look for subtle changes that indicate
progression of glaucoma.
Eye Hospital’s initiative of “Gift of Vision” has been helping people from
economically restrained backgrounds gain access to quality eye care and
treatment. Gift of Vision reaches out to the poor patients with various
vitreo-retinal diseases and offers them screening and treatment, all free of
cost. The hospital is currently equipped with advanced retinal screening
equipments such as hand held non mydriatic fundus camera. 80% of the patients
screened with retinal diseases will usually need services of the OCT Angio
after comprehensive eye examination. This contribution by Timken has equipped
Sankara to further stretch the reach of its “Gift of Vision” initiative.
“We are proud to associate with an
institution that is working towards the betterment of the society. This
donation was our contribution to a cause and we are immensely happy to be a
part of this project,” said Mr. Sanjay
Koul, Managing Director, Timken India.
the past year, 480 patients with retinal diseases have been treated free of
cost at the hospital. We hope to reach out to more people who are suffering
from retinal conditions and provide them a lease to a brighter future”, said Mr.Vikram Chaudhuri, Unit Head,
Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru.
Timken has been in a long term
association with Sankara Eye Hospital and has been rendering their support to its
community activities. They have also donated a fully fledged bus to the hospital
for the transportation of the community patients to & from the hospital, during
About Sankara Eye
Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru is an NABH accredited
tertiary eye hospital under the aegis of the Sankara Eye Foundation, India (Sri
Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust) was established in 2008 with a vision to provide
It is committed to providing quality eye care and is a centre
for Cornea, Retinal diseases, Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cataracts,
Oculoplasty and Lasik.
The Department of Vitreo-Retina at Sankara Eye Hospital,
Bengaluru has been at the forefront of latest technology and treatment
modalities for retinal diseases. Rated as one of the top referral and training
centre for Retina, the Centre treats patients from across India and other
Thursday, 12th May, 2016: A visit
to a museum is part of many children's routine in Bangalore. For 20 children
who visited today, it was special.
Vijay, a 5 year old, is a sharp, witty kid and is quick
to learn & respond. He has been treated for multiple eye conditions in a
short span of time. He is one among the many kids who contracted a serious eye
condition at an early age. I never thought he would see his 5th birthday,
shared Jaya, Vijay’s mother. I’m happy to see him and other children who have
fought cancer and today able to do what his friends do.
Numerous infants and toddlers like him are victims of
retinoblastoma, a cancer that affects the eye. If not attended to the condition
could be fatal.
In order to create awareness of this serious condition,
Retinoblastoma Week is recognized at Sankara Eye Hospital every year. This year
the hospital had invited children who defeated retinal cancer to commemorate
the event. The children were part of over 300 children that have been treated
under Sankara’s community program, completely free of cost.
The children, who were accompanied by their parents,
interacted with the doctors and a fun-filled day. They also got to tour the HAL
museum, after the interaction and luncheon. The kids and the parents interacted
with each other at the event and urged that it is important for every parent to
be aware of the condition and the need to seek timely treatment.
While interacting with the parents Dr. Rajesh R, Senior Consultant,
Ocular Oncology Department, Sankara Eye Hospital, said, “There is a stigma attached to
cancer which prevents parents from openly seeking help for their children. It
is important to educate them that if diagnosed early, the vision of the child
can be saved. At Sankara, we have tried to ensure that every child has a chance
at life. Sankara Eye Hospital is the 3rd largest medical institution providing
treatment for retinoblastoma. We treat around 70 kids every year from various
The hospital is keen on extending its services to
children who cannot afford to be treated due to their economic status. The
Sankara Ocular Oncology Centre is the first of its kind in Karnataka state with
state-of-art facilities and has treated over 300 children off eye cancers since
Retinoblastoma is a cancer in the eye that affects 1 in
20000 live births and it is the third most common cancerous tumor. It is known
to affect infants and children between 0-5 years of age.
The Retinoblastoma Week at Sankara was supported by,
“Surya” – A volunteer initiative that raises support for the eye care
activities of Sankara. Mrs. Poornima Kaushik, Founder, Surya For Life said,“It
is a pleasure to raise support for Sankara, as you can see the money being used
to serve the community. I am thrilled of the impact my small contribution has
made to the lives of these children.”
About Sankara Eye Foundation
Sankara Eye Foundation is a Non Profit NGO and a part of
the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a
vision to provide quality eye care. With the goal of replicating one Sankara
Eye Hospital in every state in India, the group is working towards freedom from
preventable and curable blindness – “Vision 20/20 by the year 2020” – wherein
no one would be needlessly blind.
The Sankara ocular centre is a state-of-the-art,
comprehensive cancer treatment centre. The department provides holistic
diagnostic, medical and surgical services. The centre is led by Dr. Mahesh
Shanmugam, a specialist in ocular oncology and is assisted by a specialist in
orbital diseases and surgery. They are supported by a team who works diligently
to ensure personalized care for patients and their families during the
examination and subsequent treatment plans.
Monday, 25th April, 2016: As part of the Well-Being week observed from
the 19th to 25th of April, HUL R&D Centre,
in association with Sankara Eye Hospital organized a Blindness Awareness
Program for their employees. The employees got to experience first hand the
drawbacks faced by visually challenged individuals in their day-to-day lives.
The employees engaged in various activities like, scouting for
objects when blind-folded, using vision stimulated glasses for practical
exposure on vision implication and learning Braille under the guidance of a
special educator. The purpose of the event was to familiarize people on the
basic challenges that accompany a visually challenged person.
The participants also pledged to donate their eyes and offered
donation to support poor children and adults in need of vision restoration and
The event was accentuated with a presentation on “Miracles Cannot
Cure The Blind”, delivered by Dr. Kaushik Murali, President Medical
Administration, Quality & Education, Sankara Eye Foundation India. Dr.
Murali highlighted the need to for every individual to take a proactive
approach towards eye donation and urged the gathering to pledge their eyes for
a noble cause.
April 1st, 2016: Sankara
Eye Hospital, Shivamogga the largest eye care provider in the Malnad region,
achieved a milestone as they
performed one lakh totally free eye surgeries at their centre since inception
was the persistence of well-wishers from the region that the hospital was built.
The land was purchased and gifted to us. I am happy that over the past 8 years we
have transformed eye care delivery in the region,” shared Dr S V
Balasubramaniam, Chairman Sankara Eye Foundation, India.
of Vision is the largest structured eye care programme in the world. What we
started in Coimbatore in 1990 has been taken forward by our team at Shimoga,
who have screened over 3.5 lakh rural Indians and ensured 100000 have had their
vision restoration surgery done.” Dr Ramani, Founder & Managing Trustee
Sankara Eye Foundation, India shared on the occasion. Almost 900 of these
surgeries have been performed on children.
Mahesha , Chief Medical Officer ,shared , “Considering that our youngest
patient has been a 4 month child and the oldest a 97 year gentleman, and the
fact that we provide preventive curative and rehabilitative care for patients with conditions ranging from a
simple refractive error to a retinal condition makes us a unique eye care
provider for the region.”
Yallamma as a 40 year woman from Hagaribomanahalli, blind from 10 years
following an injury, routine daily activities like using a wash room were
difficult. Being dependent on her 5 year son made her despondent enough to
contemplate suicide. A corneal transplant brought in a new light. Today she is
independent and able to live life with dignity and able to support the
education of her child. It is but befitting that she is the 100000 beneficiary
at Sankara Eye Hospital , Shivamogga.
celebration would be graced by Mr Shibulal, Co-Founder Infosys & Axilor
ventures as Chief Guest, who commented, “I am glad your institution has focused
on rural India where 70% of our brethren reside. It is also wonderful that
Sankara Eye Hospitals through their Gift
of Vision have overcome accessibility, affordability and availability of
quality health care.”
landmark has been possible because of the faith of our patients, support from
our patrons and cosponsors and the Government. We look forward to their
continued support and guidance in carrying forward our mission of eliminating
avoidable blindness from India. I am happy to formally announce the formation of,
Friends of Sankara” announced Dr Ramani.
About Sankara Eye Hospital
Sankara Eye Hospital,
Shivamogga is a tertiary eye hospital under the aegis of the Sankara Eye
Foundation, India (Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust) was established in 2008 with
a vision to provide quality eyecare to the people from the Malnad Region. The
largest speciality eye hospital in the region it is committed to providing
quality eye care and is a centre of excellence
for Cornea, Retinal diseases, Glaucoma, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cataracts,
Oculoplasty and Lasik. Additionally it is one of the few hospitals with
services towards Assistive and Low Vision Treatment and an Eye Bank.
Eye Hospital, Shivamogga, as a part of SEF, India has been awarded the Global
Performance Excellence Award (GPEA) by the Asia Pacific Quality Council at
Shangai in 2015, making it the only Indian hospital network to be the recipient
of this prestigious award.
Ludhiana, March 9,
2016: Sankara Eye Hospital-Ludhiana celebrated International Women’s Day 2016
by organizing an eye screening for the students of Ramgharia Girls College and
Govt. Middle School, Giaspura, Ludhiana in association with Round Table Ladies
The Ramgarhia college eye camp was inaugurated by DCP Narinder Bhargav,
S.Ranjodh Singh president of Ramgarhia Education Council and Mr.Binny Abraham
unit head of Sankara Eye Hospital.
Around 1500 students of Ramgarhia Girls College and 260 students of Govt.
Middle School, Giaspura, Ludhiana were screened. Dr.Ruchi Singh, who is an eye
specialist at Sankara Eye Hospital, examined these students. Dr.Ruchi said that
40% students were identified with vision defects and have been advised further
Bengaluru, January 20,
2016: Ms. Rajni Mishra, Chief
General Manager, Local Head Office, State Bank of India, Bangalore and Rotarian
Nilesh, President Rotary Club of Bangalore IT Corridor; inaugurated a state of
art ultrasound machine to be used to screen children for retinal conditions at
Sankara Eye Hospital on 17th January,2016.
To be used in the operation theatre in infants and young children being
evaluated for retinal diseases. This type of diagnostic tool is most helpful
when there is difficulty examining the eye normally. One can gather a vast
amount of information not possible with clinical examination alone.
‘The ultrasound B-scan donated by SBI is a much appreciated addition that
will help in countering the time and space constraints. The Portable ultrasound
equipment will increase the efficiency of diagnosis, and will bring more
convenience to the effective treatment of children with retinal conditions
including retinoblastoma (a retinal tumour)”, said Dr. P. Mahesh Shanmugam,
Head of Department, Vitreoretinal & Ocular Oncology Services, Sankara Eye
The Ocular Oncology department at Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore is the
first integrated ocular oncology centre in the state of Karnataka and treats
over 50 children annually for various ocular tumours.
Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore an NABH accredited tertiary
hospital is a unit of Sankara Eye Foundation. Under the aegis of a nonprofit
NGO, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a
vision to provide quality eye care, the hospital performs over 25000 eye
Sankara Eye Foundation has its presence across 8 states and
total bed strength of 1800. Till date more than 1.3 million free vision
restoration surgeries have been performed. (www.sankaraeye.com)
Bengaluru, 18th January 2016: Realizing that Road Safety
needs drivers to get their eyes tested Sankara Eye Foundation partnered with
RTO and Young Indians – CII,Bangalore Chapter to launch the campaign ‘Eyes on
Road and Horn Not OK’. As part of the campaign, students from the Sankara College
of Optometry used the medium of theatre through street plays and mimes to promote
‘Road safety’ on 16th Jan, 2016 at the Marathahalli Bridge, Marathahalli Bus
stop and Kundalahalli Gate Junction among others. Apart from enhancing safety
by avoiding drunken driving and use of mobiles on the road, they also advocated
for drivers getting their eyes tested and reducing the use of horns on the
According to a
World Health Organization (WHO) report, sleep disturbance and annoyance is
ranked as major components of health burden caused due to noise. Other impacts
are heart diseases and cognitive impairment in children have also been noted.
Apart from these health effects, loud vehicle horns result in impaired emotions
and also affect road safety behavior.
roads are a mélange of vehicles, natural and man-made obstacles and
pedestrians, impatient and incessantly honking. “While interviewing drivers on
the need to horn, they often indicated that it was a mix of frustration of
being late and also a defensive practice to avoid accidents. This made us
wonder if there was a problem with their vision. Of the 6500+ drivers we
screened over the past year we realized that almost 1 in 5 drivers are unable
to see clearly.” shares Dr Kaushik Murali, President Sankara Eye Foundation,
Sankara Eye foundation organizes free eye screening camps for drivers as part
of road safety week. This year too, Sankara has performed more than 2000 eye
screenings. “Our screening in coordination with the Road Transport Organization
and other corporates showed that the problem ranged from 30% in auto drivers to
15-25% in commercial and heavy vehicle drivers. Further 10% of those with
glasses were wearing the wrong prescription”, said Dr Y Umesh, Chief Medical
Officer, Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore.
“The traffic police were
really cooperative and supported the campaign and said it is one of the best
methods to raise awareness among general public.” George Alexander Muthoot,
Chair Young Indians – CII, Bangalore chapter added that, “Awareness is being raised
through eye screenings across the city, by getting prominent personalities
including poets, entrepreneurs and theatre artists like Ms. Padmavathi Rao and
social activist and founder of Positive Strokes, Mrs.
Anusha to carry this message through social media campaigns.
The Sankara College of Optometry is affiliated to the Rajiv
Gandhi University of Health Sciences and admits students for a 4 year Bachelors
Programme in Optometry.
Sankara Eye Foundation has its presence across 8 states and
total bed strength of 1800. It has treated and performed more than 1.3 million
Free Eye Care surgeries.(www.sankaraeye.com).
Bengaluru, November 2015: Sankara Eye Foundation, India under the
aegis of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust has been recognized with the
Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA) for the year 2015 in the healthcare
sector. Sankara Eye Foundation is the only Indian hospital to have ever won the
Global Performance Excellence Award in the highest category, which is recognized
as a world class award.
Eye Hospitals have been synonymous with Quality Eye Care and we are proud to be
the only healthcare organisation to receive the award from India” said Dr R V
Ramani, Founder & Managing Trustee- Sankara Eye Foundation - India.
Performance Excellence Award is the only formal international recognition of
performance/business excellence. Since 2000, 171 organizations have
received the various categories of this award. The idea was to have
organizations who have already won their national quality award program compete
internationally. The APQO was founded and organized by National Quality
Organizations in Asian and Pacific Rim countries including the American Society
for Quality in 1985.The award uses the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence
award was received by Dr. Kaushik Murali, President Medical Administration,
Quality and Education in the presence of Madame Tang Xiaofen, President,
Shanghai Association for Quality and Charles A. Aubrey II, PhD, Asia Pacific
Quality Organisation / Global Performance Excellence Awards Chairman, USA at theShanghai
International Convention Centre.
Recipients included individuals and organisations
from USA, Mexico, Philippines, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Srilanka
and India. Winners were evaluated on Leadership Focus on Quality, Strategic Planning,
Customer Focus, Measurement Analysis and Knowledge Management, Workforce and
operation focus on quality, and the qualitative outcomes of the organisation.
About Sankara :
Eye Foundation is a Non Profit NGO and part of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical
Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision to provide quality eye care.
With the goal of replicating one Sankara Eye Hospital in every State in India,
the group is working towards freedom from preventable and curable blindness -
" Vision 20/20 by the year 2020 " - wherein no one would be
has a chain of 13 eye hospitals comprising a team of 200 doctors, 600
paramedical professionals, 275 support staff and total bed strength of 1800. It
has treated and performed more than 1.3 million Free Eye Care surgeries and every
day about 500 eye care surgeries are performed in Sankara Hospitals.
Bengaluru, October 1st, 2015: Sankara Eye Hospital, one of the premier eye
hospitals in the country dedicated towards eliminating needless blindness
installed the world’s fastest German built Vitrectomy machine, Geuder ‘megaTRON S4 HPS ’along with Electroretinogram
(ERG) and Pascal Laser making it a comprehensive Centre of Excellence for Vitreoretinal
& Ocular Oncology. The Centre of Excellence Vitreoretinal & Ocular
Oncology was inaugurated today by Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. U. T. Khader at the hospital premises in the presence of Dr.
R. V Ramani, Founder and Managing Trustee, Sankara Eye Foundation, India
and other dignitaries from various walk’
Centre of Excellence to the people of Karnataka, Hon. Minister for Health
and Family Welfare, Mr U. T Khader said, “I am delighted that the
state-of-the-art excellence begins from our state and I am sure that Sankara
Eye Foundation would plan for enabling such technologies at its other centres
too thereby offering best of its services”.
The first of its
kind in Asia, ‘megaTRON S4 HPS’will ensure safer and faster Vitreoretinal
surgeries with its double cutter and integrated laser translating into better
outcomes. This allows 12000 cuts a minute. PASCAL Laser with yellow 577 nm is
the unique and only one LASER inthe county that allows effective treatment of
diabetics with minimal collateral damage.This allows simultaneously 16 laser
shot, enhancing patient’s safety and comfort. Veris Clinicis the advanced
electro-diagnostic equipment, which enhance the ability to diagnose of diseases
affecting retina and the optic.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. R. V Ramani, Founder& Managing
Trustee, Sankara Eye Foundation, India said, “We are extremely happy that we are the first in Asia to install ‘megaTRON S4 HPS ’ at
our hospital. This is the world’s fastest German built Vitrectomy machine which
will benefit patients through precision. We keep encouraging the use of such
technologically advanced machines in our hospital so that we could provide the
best services to our patients and ensure speedy recovery. The German equipment
will operate with precision leading to very few post-op complications”.
Dr. P. Mahesh
Shanmugam, Head, Vitreoretinal & Ocular Oncology Services,
Sankara Eye Hospitals, India said, “megaTRON S4 HPS helps to easily recognize the steps for
programming and calibrating the equipment and to decide the type of surgery to
be made. Different users can be programmed with the pre established parameters,
offering more agility in the proceedings in case the machine is used by
The Department of Vitreo-Retina & Ocular
Oncology at Sankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru has been at the forefront of latest
technology and treatment modalities for retinal diseases. Rated as one of the
top referral and training centre for Retina, the Centre treats patients from
across India and other countries.
Sankara Eye Foundation is a Non Profit NGO
and part of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore
with a vision to provide quality eye care. With the goal of replicating one
Sankara Eye Hospital in every State in India, the group is working towards
freedom from preventable and curable blindness - Vision 20/20 by the year
2020 - wherein no one would be needlessly blind
Sankara has a chain of 13 eye hospitals
comprising a team of 200 doctors, 600 paramedical professionals, 275 support
staff and total bed strength of 1800. It has treated and performed more than
1.2 million Free Eye Care surgeries and every day about 500 eye care surgeries
are performed in Sankara Hospitals.
August 26th, 2015: Sankara
Eye Foundation, one of the premier organization in the country is dedicated
towards eliminating needless blindness. The foundation has launched ‘Sign4Sight-
Year of Million Miracles’, a campaign that will run across all 13 units of
Sankara Eye Hospital for a year, pursuing and motivating people to pledge their
eyes. The campaign has commenced on August 25th, 2015 coinciding with
Eye Donation fortnight. The Foundation aims to collect a Million Pledges so as
to have an increased awareness. Sankara Eye Foundation would be actively
promoting the program through in-hospital activities, corporate partners and
other community organizations.
A world without vision is a grim prospect. Corneal
diseases are the major cause of visual impairment and blindness in a developing
country. There are about 2.5 million Indians who need vision. The only way to
reduce blindness is by doing corneal transplant. In a country like India, with
the high prevalence of blindness, there is a huge burden for corneal
requirement. The number of corneal transplants done is much less than the
actual requirement due to the insufficient number of corneas collected. By
donating your eyes, you can enlighten the life of two blind persons
Malhotra, Unit Head, Vision Sankara, Bangalore said, “We can make a difference by being a sight ambassador - creating
awareness & motivating the families of the bereaved to donate. Sankara has
launched a new website (www.sankaraeye.com/Sign4sight.aspx) dedicated to the program, where eye
pledging can be done online with the complete information about eye donation. Sankara
urges people to spread the message of eye donation and gift them the right to
The campaign is supported by, “Young Indians”
– An integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), a
non-government, not-for-profit, industry led and industry managed organization
playing a proactive role in India's development process, and Rotary Club of
Bangalore – an active partner & supporter of Sankara Eye Hospitals from
Sankara Eye Foundation is a Non Profit NGO
and part of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore
with a vision to provide quality eye care. With the goal of replicating one
Sankara Eye Hospital in every State in India, the group is working towards
freedom from preventable and curable blindness - Vision 20/20 by the year 2020
- wherein no one would be needlessly blind
Coimbatore, July 27, 2015: A popular axiom says ‘A stitch in time saves nine’. Sankara Eye Foundation India’s recent innovation, Sankara Electronic Remote Vision Information System, seeks to save not just nine but millions with real time community level data on blindness and vision impairment.
SERVIS, a unique android based application designed to capture live village level data for planning necessary interventions aimed at control of blindness, was launched this Thursday by Founder and Managing Trustee, Dr. R.V. Ramani along with Mr. Jomy Lawrence, Manager - Vodafone Business Services, Chennai at Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore.
‘A one of its kind program, the role based SERVIS will make the process of outreach paperless as Sankara’s team of field workers, optometrists, ophthalmologists and paramedics will use tablets to record patient specific data during household surveys and eye camps, providing instant advisories and promoting preventive eye care awareness.’ said, Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed, DGM, Community Outreach.
‘Being the first eye care provider to have been able to automate hospital level data through online EMR country wide, Sankara decided to harness technology to integrate community level information as well. What’s more is that the information is geo tagged (GIS and GPS enabled), which means that the gathered data will provide real time information on blinding disease patterns and eye care utilization, thus enabling prompt intervention and planning of programs so that no one needlessly goes blind. 2 years of extensive efforts have perfected it to meet the highest expectation of a responsive surveillance and information system.’ said Mr. Bharath Balasubramaniam, President – Sankara Eye Hospital.
SERVIS received a big shot in the arm last year with the Mobile for Good awards 2014 - Utilizing technological innovations for driving social change – main health category. Mobile for Good Awards, a flagship initiative of Vodafone India which supports emerging mobile solutions with transformational impact on the society, has reinforced Sankara’s resolve to implement and scale up the activities throughout the entire network across India.
SERVIS will not only be a unique experiment for eye care but a pioneering one in the space of development sector in India like health, education and micro finance when such a technology is used to capture live village level data across the country.
ving social change – main health category. Mobile for Good Awards, a flagship initiative of Vodafone India which supports emerging mobile solutions with transformational impact on the society, has reinforced Sankara’s resolve to implement and scale up the activities throughout the entire network across India.
The blessing of sight and the boon
of vision was celebrated with great gusto at the vision screening
program organized by Vision Sankara at BMC
office in Grant Road, Mumbai. More than 400 employees were
screened by the team of experts of Vision Sankara. The vision screening program
was jointly held by BMC to commemorate Helen Keller Day. Helen
Keller was an American author; politician and activist who managed to achieve
great feats despite being handicapped by blindness.
Mr. Devidas Kshrisagar, Assistant Commissioner of the BMC D Ward inaugurated
the event as the esteemed Chief Guest.
On this occasion he commented, “It was a challenge in India
for aam adami to receive affordable eye care services. But today thanks to the
efforts of organizations like Sankara Eye Foundation of which Vision Sankara is
a part, world class eye-care services are available to the people. We are
truly grateful to Vision Sankara for organizing this screening program and
would be happily ready to provide you our services whenever needed.”
The event brought out the stark
reality of a poor reach of eye care services in urban India. Nearly 30%
refractive errors and other eye problem cases were detected during the camp.
These patients were directed to the Vision Sankara Hospital at Malad in Mumbai to
receive further eye treatment. The
‘Mission for Vision’ initiative
partnered with Vision Sankara, committed to distributing spectacles to all the employees present.
Dr. Ashish Bhacchav, Vision Sankara Says, “the major gap between the
rich and poor was an issue that the Sankara group considered seriously in their
effort to make eye care services accessible to the urban India."
Sankara Eye Foundation is a Non Profit NGO and is
part of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore
with a vision to provide quality eye-care. With the goal of replicating one Sankara Eye Hospital
in every State in India, the group is working towards freedom from preventable and curable blindness - " Vision 20/20 by the year 2020 " - wherein no one would be needlessly blind.
foundation comprises of 13 eye hospitals consisting a team of 200
doctors, 600 paramedical professionals, 275 support staff and total bed
strength of 1800.Sankara works on a 80:20 model where 80% of the beneficiaries
are the rural poor who receive totally free eye-care while the balance 20% are
the affordable sections of the
society, who pay for their treatment thereby cross subsidizing the free
eye-care services. It has performed over 1.3 million free eye-care surgeries
and 500+ eye-care surgeries are performed in Sankara Hospitals across daily.
June 18, 2015 - Sankara Eye Foundation, India, the largest community eye care network
in India, along with Fullerton India, one of the leading Non-Banking Financial
Companies today opened a vision care centre at Dharapuram in Tirupur district
of Tamil Nadu.
The Kovai Sankara vision centre proposes to
provide the entire circle of eye care, secondary and tertiary, at the doorstep
of rural India through a unique link up with Sankara Eye
Foundation India’s base
hospital at Coimbatore.
The vision care centre will be
one-of-its-kind, leveraging tele-ophthalmology technology to link with base
hospital. Thus every patient that requires advanced consultation will be assessed
and offered treatment advice via web media by an ophthalmologist who is at the
base hospital. Additionally, MIS technology will enable every patient visiting
the vision centre to be a part of the overall hospital care system.
Commenting on the association, Dr R V
Ramani, Founder & Managing Trustee, Sankara Eye Foundation, India said “It
is a pity that in a developed country like India with 85% of the blinding
conditions preventable and curable with cost effective measures; the rural poor
still go blind. With a vision centre located near the rural area, Sankara hopes
to bridge the last mile challenge of provision of eye care by being a part of Fullerton India’s
initiative. This partnership will help us add a route to our growing set of
vision care services for the rural India”.
As Sankara aims to offer better eye care to the
under-privileged sections of the society, this project aims at providing
comprehensive primary eye care services to the rural patients in Tirupur
with focus on early detection, referral and appropriate treatment. With this Kovai
Sankara Vision Centre will allay the socio economic and psychological distress
that befalls the blind and the visually impaired. People identified to be in
need of advanced eye care will be referred to the tertiary hospital in
Coimbatore. In addition, the vision centre will implement a preventive
screening programme for underprivileged children.
450 bedded super specialty Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore, has a 30
year long legacy of providing high quality, cost effective and readily
available eye care for all sections of society - the poor, middle income and
the rich. To all its patients, Sankara offers full range of
eye care services like all of its hospitals including treatment for cataract,
refractive errors, glaucoma, corneal blindness, laser vision correction,
diabetic retinopathy, pediatric ophthalmology, and eye banking, among others.
About Sankara Eye Foundation India:
Eye Foundation India is an institution of repute with credible
track record in its aid to the poor in tackling blindness with emphasis on providing quality eye care to all those in need for the
last 38 years without profit motive. Registered as a Public Charitable Trust
under the aegis of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust, Sankara is a
group of 9 integrated community and 4 city eye hospitals in 11 cities across 8
states. As of April 2015 Sankara has made quality eye care accessible to over
8.5 million spread across 92 districts
in 10 states of India. Sankara Eye Foundation India functions on an
80:20 model wherein 80% of the beneficiaries are the poor patients from the
villages who receive world class eye care at no cost through its Gift of Vision
and Rainbow Comprehensive Paediatric Eye Care Outreach Programmes.
Sankara College of
Optometry has been celebrating an intercollege cultural festival for several year. This year a two-days cultural fest “Reflectionz 2015" was celebrated on
14th and 15th 2015, more than 200 students from optometry colleges ?all over the India had participated.
cultural festival "Reflectionz 2015" has once again offered all the
entertainment and activities that fest-goers had come to expect. The festival involved cultural programs like Rangoli, Mehndi,
Dance, Dj night and also theme based programmes like Fashion Show, Pick &
Speak, Vegetable decoration , Face painting and many more. Students
presented fashion show on the themes like Hollywood, Patriotic and state of India.
two-day festival “Reflectionz 2015" was concluded with prize distribution.
Bangalore May 15, 2015: 4 year old Master Ganesh had a fun filled day playing and performing
activities with a Clown. Balloons, pastries and face painting rounded off the
fun filled afternoon. Though this seems like a regular day in the summer
vacation of a school child, what made this event with 20 children at Sankara
Eye Hospital was these children have been treated for Retinoblastoma, a cancer
of the eye.
Retinoblastoma is thought to affect 1 in 20000 live births
and it is the third most common cancerous tumour overall affecting children and
infants. Dr. P. Mahesh Shanmugam, Head Vitreoretinal Services and
Ocular Oncology, Sankara Eye Foundation, India explained “ Retinoblastoma is a cancer
that often presents as a white reflex in the pupil of the eye (cat’s eye like
appearance) or as a squint. Early diagnosis & improved treatment modalities
helps in saving lives and preserving visual function.”
Morbai Budhrani Trust Sankara Ocular Oncology Centre is first of its kind in
Karnataka state and has over the past 6 years treated around 210 children for
eye cancers. Commemorating World Retinoblastoma Week, Sankara Eye Hospital,
Bangalore brought together some of the children treated at its ocular oncology
event was supported by, “Surya” – A volunteer initiative that raises support
for the eye care activities of Sankara. “It is a pleasure to raise support for
Sankara, as you can see the money being used to serve the community. I am
thrilled of the impact my small contribution has made to the lives of these
is the second year we are celebrating life with these cancer survivors. It is
wonderful to bring a smile into the lives of these children and their parents
who have fought various odds and to see the joy of the doctors at Sankara”,
shared Harish Bhuvan, Founder Compassionate Clowns
P. Mahesh Shanmugam, added “Initially Retinoblastoma is confined to the eye.
But if left untreated, it may spread to other parts of the body. The disease
may result in loss of vision, eye or even the life of the affected child. Once the
Retinoblastoma is diagnosed, the onus lies on saving the child’s life, eye and
then the vision.
Surya, founded in 2013 is a volunteer initiative initiated to
support eye care activities of underprivileged children through Sankara Eye
Hospital, Bangalore. Till date approximately Rs 7, 00,000 has been raised by
the initiative in support of Sankara. For more information login to www.facebook.com/suryaforlife write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Compassionate Clowns
Compassionate Clowns work with a mission of spreading love
and laughter with compassion. Clowns uses a techniques such as magic, music,
storytelling and other clowning skills to empower children with doses of fun
that help them deal with the range of emotions they may experience while in
hospital: fear, anxiety, loneliness, boredom. (www.compassionateclowns.org)
Sankara Eye Foundation is a Non Profit NGO and a part of the
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision
to provide quality eye care. With the goal of replicating one Sankara Eye
Hospital in every state in India, the group is working towards freedom from
preventable and curable blindness – “Vision 20/20 by the year 2020” – wherein
no one would be needlessly blind.
Conference of Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus conference
conducted at Ludhiana by Sankara Eye Hospital and Ludhiana
unique congregation of ophthalmologists with special interest in
Paediatric Ophthalmology (Childhood Blindness) and Strabismus (Squint)
was successfully conducted by Sankara Eye Hospital Ludhiana in
collaboration with Ludhiana Ophthalmic Society on April 5th, 2015 at Hotel Keys in Ludhiana.
has the world’s largest burden of blindness. Research shows that every
fifth blind child across the world is Indian. The economic cost of
blindness is billions of dollars, and almost one third of it is due to
Midterm Conference of the Paediatric Ophthalmology &
Strabismological Society of India saw over 100 delegates participating.
Nationally eminent speakers included DrYogesh Shukla, Jaipur; Dr Mahesh P
Shanmugam, Bangalore; Prof Jagat Ram, Chandigarh ;DrShubhangi and Dr
Ramesh Murthy from Maharashtra and other eminent faculty from
institutions across India shared insights on recent advances and best
practices in restoring vision to this vulnerable group.
& Pediatric Ophthalmological Society of India (SPOSI) President,Dr. S
P Singh, highlighted the values and commitment of the society to
cultivate and promote the practice of Strabismology and Paediatric
Dr. Madhu Karna, Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Sankara Eye Hospital, Ludhiana and Organizing Secretary of the Conferencereiterated,
“those treating children’s eyes needs special training and expertise
and in the current evolving era of modern technology, one has to keep
track of the latest developments, watch and learn from the experts.”
expressed, " We at Sankara are proud of the opportunity of holding a
National Conference with the Ludhiana Ophthalmological Society giving
Ophthalmologists in Punjab a chance to learnabout amblyopia (Lazy eye)
to strabismus (Squint) and retinal tumors, at their very doorstep.”
About Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmological Society of India (SPOSI): Strabismus
&Pediatric Ophthalmological Society of India (SPOSI) is a society
established to cultivate and promote the study, research and practice of
Strabismology and Paediatric Ophthalmology. By promoting professional
fellowship and social contacts amongst the members of the society. It
supports continuing education by organizing conference, symposia,
seminars, workshop and refresher courses etc.
About Sankara Eye Hospital: Sankara
Eye Hospital, Ludhiana is a part of the Sankara Eye Foundation, India
(www.sankaraeye.com), founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision to
provide quality eyecare. The hospital is the largest speciality eye
hospital in the state , committed to providing quality eye care and is a
centre of excellence
for Cornea, Retina, Ocular Cancers (Retinoblastomas), Glaucoma,
Paediatric Ophthalmology, Cataracts, Oculoplasty and Lasik. Additionally
it is one of the few hospitals with services towards Assistive and Low
Vision Treatment, Computer Based Vision Therapy and has an Eye Bank.
Sankara has a chain of 13 eye hospitals has treated and performed more than 1.2 million Eye Care Operations. The Sankara Academy of Vision trains
over 350 personnel from across the world in various aspects of eye care
from a vision technician to an optometrist and ophthalmologist. IN
addition short term training in other aspects of administration,
operation theatre techniques and biomedical engineering are also
his comments, Dr. Ramani said,”Sankara’s
recognition for best practices and quality systems in healthcare is even more
gratifying and noteworthy given the presence of the best of corporate hospitals
in the country vying for this national recognition. Winning the RBNQA was the
culmination of the tremendous effort, the team at Sankara Eye Care put in while
implementing the world-class practices across it’s hospitals. This famed
Sankara Quality eyecare is available pan India including Mumbai where it has a state-of-the
art hospital at Malad West.” “Winning
this award reinforces our resolve in aligning with the mission and vision to
continue being world-class and providing quality eye-care for all,” he further
About Sankara Eye
Foundation: Sankara Eye Care
Institutions is a Non Profit NGOand is part of the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical
Trust founded in 1977 at Coimbatore with a vision to provide quality eyecare. With
the goal of replicating one Sankara Eye Hospital in every State in India, the
group is working towards freedom from
preventable and curable blindness - " Vision 20/20by the year 2020 " -
wherein no one would be needlessly blind.It’s a chain of 13 eye
hospitals comprising a team of 200 doctors, 600 paramedical professionals, 275
support staff and total bed strength of 1800.Sankara works on a 80:20 model
where 80% of the beneficiaries are the rural poor who receive totally free
eyecare while the balance 20% are the
affordable sections of the society, who pay for their treatmentthereby
cross subsidizing the free eye-care services. It has performed over 1.2 million
Free Eyecare surgeries and 500+ eyecare surgeries are performed in Sankara
Hospitals across daily.
~ The musical event saw India’s finest artists unite
to eradicate blindness in India~
Bengaluru, February 22, 2015: Sankara Eye Hospital,
one of the premier eye hospitals in the country dedicated towards eliminating
needlessly blind in India, organized Sur ‘N’ Symphony- a fund-raising
mega-musical event to free everyone from darkness. The event which took place
on February 21st 2015 at Counter Culture, Bengaluru witnessed an
electrifying ensemble of India’s loved artists like Shankar Mahadevan, Selva Ganesh, Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, Niladri
Kumar and Taufiq Qureshi.
These versatile and dynamic artists tuned in tandem to create soulful,
mesmerizing and astounding music for a noble cause. The event appealed to a
vast variety of audience as each artist has gone beyond their forte to create
music that’s extraordinary in nature.
Dr. R.V.Ramani, Founder & Managing Trustee of Sankara Eye Care Institution said, “Miracles cannot cure the blind, but we can. The amount collected
through the show will give people the gift of sight. We are extremely obliged
and grateful to each and every artist who has taken time off from their busy
schedule for a noble cause as this.
from Preventable and Curable Blindness…
Inspired & Blessed by the Sankaracharyas of Kanchi, Sankara Eye
Foundation - India, headquartered at Coimbatore has a track record of 38 years
of Service to the needy.
Sankara Eye Hospitals with a Pan India presence have “Community Eye
Care” as the thrust area of activity. The group has so far performed over 1.3
Million totally free eye surgeries and presently over 500 free eye surgeries
are being performed every day.
With the goal of replicating one Sankara Eye Hospital in every State in
India, the group is working towards
freedom from preventable and curable blindness - " Vision 20/20 by the year 2020 " -
wherein no one would be needlessly blind.
About Sankara Eye Hospital: Sankara Eye Hospitals is
a Non Profit NGO part of the Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust founded in 1977 at
Coimbatore with a vision to provide quality eye care to its discerning
Sankara has a chain of
13 eye hospitals comprising a team of 200 doctors, 600 paramedical
professionals, 275 support staff and total bed strength of 1800. It has treated
and performed more than 1.2 million Free Eye Care Operations and every day
about 500 eye care Operations are performed in Sankara Hospitals.
Sankara's Vision in Mumbai
HH Jayendra Saraswathi , Sankaracharya of Kanchi to Inaugurate Bhojraj Chanrai Sankara Eye Hospital
gathering of high-profile dignitaries will be among more than 400
people on hand to take part in the inauguration ofBhojraj Chanrai
Sankara Eye Hospital, by His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi,
Sankaracharya of Kanchi on Sunday 22ndof Dec at 10 am. This is Sankara Eye Care Institutions, India's (www.sankaraeye.com) new Rs.20 Crore, state-of-the-art facility. in the suburb of Malad in Mumbai.
the destination of choice for eye care, the institution would offer
complete subspecialty eye care. Equipped with LASERs and other advanced
diagnostic equipment, full time specialist consultants would offer care
to a range of eye ailments. The specialists at Sankara would work
closely to understand and address each patient's needs. From a routine
eye exam to complex surgeries at Sankara, patients would be able to
experience, "Eye Care beyond Compare".
character is based on ethical practice, pricing transparency, services
provided with passion, inspiration and an extremely high standard of
excellence. Sankara's goal is to integrate best practices across a
continuum of services from preventive to tertiary hospital based
care." Mr Sandesh Rane, CEO, Bhojraj Chanrai Sankara Eye Hospital.
with the philosophy of the Sankara Eye Care Institutions, the facility
would cater to all segments of society." When you use Sankara's eye care
services, proceeds are used to provide subsidized care to the
disadvantage sections of the society. The patients not only gets best
quality and best price services for his eye but becomes a part of the
solution." shared Dr RV Ramani, Founder & Managing Trustee. The
hospital would also integrate the best practices across a continuum of
services from preventive to tertiary hospital based care. This would
make quality eye care accessible to more Mumbaikars.
is a transformative milestone in the history of Sankara Eye Care
Institutions,” says shared Dr RV Ramani. “Generous support from our
Patron Mr. M. B. Chanrai and Mission for Vision Trust along with the
active involvement and hard work of many individuals have made it
possible for us to deliver the highest levels of care that Sankara is
known for, in this beautiful new facility at Malad. It would also allow
more people to be a part of the Sankara movement.”
day also allows us to thank our partners from Mumbai who have helped us
complete a million free vision restoring surgeries to the
disadvantaged", shared Dr Ramani. "We thank our long term partners the
Chanrai Family, Budhrani Family, Bhojraj Family, Chandru Kewal Ramani,
Mission for Vision Trust and Sightsavers who have over the years helped
us to give back to transform and bring light into millions through our
preventive, curative and rehabilitative programmes."
12000 sq feet specialty eye hospital would be equipped with the first
Allegreto Wavelight Refractive Surgery Suite , the world's fastest
refractive platform enabling (Femto) blade free Laser procedures.
Eye Hospitals are focused on providing the highest quality & value
for money eye care services and have emerged as the most preferred
recognized eye care facility. Founded by Dr RV Ramani and Dr Radha
Ramani, with the blessings and guidance from the Sankaracharyas of
Kanchi, this community oriented Medical Trust works on eliminating
avoidable blindness by providing eye care to all socioeconomic sections.
Sankara Eye Care has been recognized for quality eye care with various Awards over the last decade. The
hospital blends expertise, ambience and state of the art equipment to
attract patients to utilize its services. The social enterprise uses the
revenue from its functioning to support its community eye care
activities across India.
date, over 25 million have benefited from preventive and curative eye
care care and over 11,00,000 vision-restoring surgical procedures have
been performed. Sankara Eye Care Institutions - India hopes to grow into
20 institutions across the country and address the goal of Vision 2020,
besides transforming the lives of many individuals and contributing to
positive economic returns and strengthening the overall health system.