Our founder, Tej Kohli, has made it his mission to channel his high net worth into eliminating preventable blindness. Nearly 80% of corneal disease is entirely avoidable – and yet there remain 285 million people with visual impairment in the world. This tragic situation demands a robust response, and the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute has risen to that challenge, carrying out hundreds of procedures each month for some of the poorest sufferers of corneal blindness in India.
Tej Kohli has set out to halve the number of cases of blindness by 2030 to 2035, and is directing his considerable wealth and experience into making that vision a reality. Not only has he put a great deal of energy into treating preventable blindness now, he’s funded research into synthesizing corneas from yeast and peptides, so that in the future we will have a readily-available supply of corneas for transplants. Tej Kohli wants to change the world, helping to develop cutting-edge technology in robotics, AI and renewable energy – and he’s brought his relentless drive to solving the problem of blindness, through the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute.
And our enormous efforts have now brought us to an important milestone. The LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), has now completed 2000 corneal transplants in the past year at its Centre of Excellence at Hyderabad. Not only is that an impressive figure in itself, it means that the Centre of Excellence clinic has now broken the world record for corneal transplants in a year. There’s no corneal clinic on the planet which has carried out as many corneal transplants as often as the Centre of Excellence, a tremendous achievement for the LVPEI and the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute as a whole.
The 2000th corneal transplant was carried out by Dr Bhupesh Bagga, one of the specialist ophthalmologists and eye surgeons in residence at the Hyderabad Centre of Excellence. Dr Bagga’s landmark transplant was his 10th of the day – and we should show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication showed by all our surgeons across the LVPEI, who put in long hours every day to make preventable blindness a thing of the past.
Hitting 2000 corneal transplants in a year is something to be proud of, and shows just how much work the LVPEI has done. The LVPEI has carried out over one million surgical eye procedures since it was founded in 1987. It now operates 139 vision centres across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Karnataka, 16 Secondary Eye Centres and Tertiary Centres in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Bhubaneswar, all in addition to its central hub, the Hyderabad Centre of Excellence. The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute was also invited to establish corneal transplant services in Muscat, Oman.
The LVPEI has trained 18,967 eye care professionals, both Indians and international trainees, helping to build up the vital healthcare infrastructure necessary to tackle corneal blindness. We recently launched our ECHO clinics – virtual clinics which provide distant ophthalmologists with the clinical expertise they need, in our continuing efforts to provide education and training.
The Tej Kohli Cornea Institute has put great efforts into improving our knowledge of corneal blindness, and we now have teams of researchers working towards new treatments for the disease. Since being founded, the LVPEI has seen 1762 research papers published in this field.
The Hyderabad Centre of Excellence and the LVPEI have put in an enormous amount of work towards eliminating avoidable blindness. They have now completed more corneal transplants in a year than any other clinic in the world – and we look forward to the exciting work still to be done by the Tej Kohli Cornea Institute and the LVPEI in the global battle against preventable blindness. With the generous contribution of our founder Tej Kohli, we will continue to lead the way in beating avoidable blindness.