This week, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a non-profit, internationally renowned ophthalmology research and training organization and eye care provider here, is hosting “Evidence 2012,” a meeting of the world's leading ophthalmology experts. More than 500 physicians (700 delegates) are expected at the scientific meeting from May 31- June 3. The meeting will explore how evidence-based ophthalmology, which integrates the best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values, is transforming eye care. Some of the world's most innovative eye care professionals are on the meeting's faculty, including San Francisco-based Dr. Bruce Spivey, president, International Council of Ophthalmology, and Dr. Steven Feldon, director, University of Rochester Eye Institute.
The meeting incorporates the Institute's Silver Jubilee celebration. Founded in 1987 by ophthalmologist Dr. Gullapalli Nag Rao, the institute has the mission of “creating excellent and equitable eye care systems that reach all in need.”
“Bringing together the world's top professionals to look at what's on the horizon in eye care is the most fitting way to honor our 25 years,” said Dr. Rao.
The Institute's innovative approach to community eye health has created eye care facilities in the most remote Indian villages, staffed and managed by locally-trained technicians, linked to higher care levels. Among its accomplishments, LVPEI has:
• served 15 million people--more than half at no cost
• brought eye care to 1,000+ Indian villages
• trained 13,000 eye care professionals
• rehabilitated more than one million blind or partially-sighted people
The Institute's highly effective community healthcare model is now being adopted by the Government of India, the World Health Organization, and the Australian government for overseas development programs.