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LVPEI opens centre for eye health innovation

Hyderabad: L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) on Monday said it has started Srujana Centre for Innovation, a centre for eye health innovation, at its Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, where clinicians and researchers can interact with innovators.

The centre is the result of a collaborative programme between the L V Prasad Eye Institute and the Emerging Worlds special interest group (SIG) at the MIT Media Lab in the US. The purpose of the centre is to address the most pressing challenges in ophthalmology and vision science, according to a statement.

The centre is a platform for engineers, medical professionals, designers, technology aficionados, innovators and big dreamers to build the next generation of eye care technologies with potential to help billions of people in India and worldwide.

“L V Prasad Eye Institute has been the home of many innovations in the areas of eye care delivery, biology of the eye, surgical techniques, eye banking and children’s eye health among many others over the years. All the innovations at LVPEI are now brought under the umbrella of Srujana,” said Dr Gullapalli N Rao, founder and chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute.

According to LVPEI, core to the centre is the LVP MITra platform, which embodies the collaboration between LVPEI and the MIT Media Lab. This collaboration began in 2013 with the intent to bring together the world’s best clinicians and engineers to create award-winning cost-effective solutions, which could impact five billion people worldwide.

LVP MITra innovators generate some of the most disruptive ideas for screening refractive errors, visual fields in children, pupillary responses in cases of neurological diseases, and diabetic retinopathy.

Innovators in the LVP MITra programme are selected from a large pool of qualified applicants. They design solutions in context, working side-by-side with patients and physicians.

“Our innovation hub has provided infrastructural support to students who sincerely want to pursue their ideas, especially in ophthalmology and related fields. Following a rigorous screening, we invite students to come and work on their individual pursuits with full infrastructural support in terms of equipment, consumables, technical guidance and domain knowledge,” said Dr Virender Sangwan, director, Srujana Centre for Innovation.

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