Hyderabad, April 11, 2017 : The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) has created history once again in the field of Corneal Transplantation with its Hyderabad campus becoming the first ever in the world to perform 2043 corneal transplants in a single year (April 2016 - March 2017). This is a record for the highest ever corneal transplant surgeries from a single centre, anywhere in the world.
Since its inception, the institute's Hyderabad campus has notched up over 23,901 corneal transplant surgeries thus far. The Ramayamma International Eye Bank at the campus harvested a whopping 7166 corneas this financial year, and distributed 3810 corneas to corneal surgeons across the country.
Corneal disease is a major cause of blindness in India. Of the 10 million blind in India, 1.1 million are blind in both eyes due to corneal disease, injury or infection. An estimated 80 per cent of blindness globally could either be prevented or treated. The dedicated Ophthalmic Cornea Institute at LVPEI –the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute - has enabled the team to invest in research of new materials and application techniques to eliminate corneal blindness. Corneal transplantation is the only known cure for corneal blindness, which is made possible by the donation of healthy corneas by individuals upon their death. Over the past 27 years, LVPEI has worked greatly towards increasing the collection of transplantable donor corneas and elevating eye banking performance standards in India, as well as, other parts of Asia and the developing world.
The institute’s expert cornea surgeons have been able to achieve exceptional outcomes of transplantation surgeries, thanks in large measure to the high standards of eye banking, besides their own world class training and expertise. Going forward, new research and cutting edge techniques at the institute are expected to augment transplant surgeries in using synthetic corneas, and reduce the conventional dependency on donor corneas.LVPEI has also been very active with stem cell based treatment of corneal diseases, besides research in biosynthetic cornea as well as liquid cornea. The Institute’s world-class Cornea specialists treat corneal infections using sophisticated laboratory techniques and medicines to prevent corneal scarring, and thus the need for future corneal transplantation.
Congratulating his team on this major feat, Dr. Gullapalli N Rao - Founder and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute said, “Organ donation is a major challenge in India, and to achieve this world record, while we are still creating awareness about eye donation, is even more commendable. This achievement should help raise the confidence that organ donation and transplantation in India can potentially touch record volumes, given a dedicated team approach and strategy.” The cornea team at LVPEI has contributed to the evolution of modern eye banking and specialized cornea care in India. “This is an ongoing process in our efforts to create more milestones in the coming years towards our mission of alleviating avoidable blindness in India and the world,” Dr Rao further added.