Glaucoma – The Silent Killer


22 Jan 2021


03:30 pm to 04:30 pm (Indian Standard Time)


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Glaucoma – The Silent Killer

Indian Vision Institute invites you for a panel discussion on ‘Glaucoma – The Silent Killer’, coinciding with Glaucoma Awareness Month in January.

The panel discussion assumes importance as Glaucoma is the fourth largest cause of vision loss. Almost 8 million people worldwide have lost vision due to glaucoma. In India, 12 million people suffer from glaucoma of which 1.5 million people experience vision loss. The event will be moderated by IVI’s CEO, Vinod Daniel.

Through this discussion, we are looking at covering the following grounds:

1. Why is glaucoma a silent threat?
2. How is India dealing with this looming cause of blindness?
3. Role of optometrists in managing glaucoma.
4. Role of continuing education programs in adapting best practices for early detection of the disease, creating awareness and advocacy process.
5. Role of rehabilitation and counseling services in ensuring the well-being of patients.


Who can attend

Retail and other eyecare professionals, optometry students and others interested


Dr Ramesh S Ve
Associate professor and Head
Department of Optometry
Manipal College of Health Professions
Manipal Academy of Higher Education

Dr Ramesh.S.Ve began his career as an optometrist & clinical researcher in 2001 and has academic, clinical and research experience in the field of optometry, vision science and eye care. He completed his Doctorate (PhD) in 2014 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. He was part of the 10 year long epidemiological study “Chennai Glaucoma Study & Chennai Eye Disease Incidence Study” at Sankara Nethralaya (Eye Hospital- Centre of Excellence in eye care in India). His research focus as part of the doctoral work was estimating 5 year progression of glaucoma, both structural and functional changes evaluated using ophthalmic imaging and perimetry tests as part the Chennai Glaucoma Study. He has received the Indo-US Public Health Research Post-doctoral Research fellowship-2014 at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA- he worked in the area of Preventive Ophthalmology “home based glaucoma care and falls preventions in patients with glaucoma”.
At MAHE he leads interdisciplinary research projects and has received over INR 5.2 crores ($725,826) research grants from national, international and industry funding agency. He has 63 research articles in peer reviewed indexed journals with H Index of 20 and has filed 4 patent. He is member of Optometric Glaucoma Society, USA

Dr Vijaya K Gothwal
Scientist – Brien Holden Eye Research Centre;
Faculty – Meera and L B Deshpande Centre for Sight Enhancement, Institute for Vision Rehabilitation, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad

Vijaya Gothwal has been associated with the L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, for over 3 decades. She graduated from the Elite School of Optometry, Chennai and holds a Masters and PhD from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, and a post-doctoral fellowship from Adelaide, South Australia. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was awarded the Diplomate in Low Vision (Research) by the American Academy of Optometry for her enormous contribution in research in low vision. She is the first Asian (and Indian) to be awarded the Diplomate status. She is the recipient of the prestigious Constance W Atwell award for Excellence in Low Vision Research (2002) by the Low Vision Research Group Committee, ARVO.
Dr. Gothwal established the low vision centre – Meera and L B Deshapande Centre for Sight Enhancement, at LVPEI more than 2 decades ago. She has trained over 200 short term fellows in low vision and was responsible for spearheading the Low Vision Awareness program at LVPEI. She has to her credit over 100 publications in peer-reviewed national and international journals, USA. She conducts collaborative research with researchers in the UK and in Australia.

Dr. Bhaskaran M
Senior Consultant – Glaucoma Services
Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai

Dr Baskaran M completed his medical graduate degree from Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai in 1995; Diploma in Ophthalmology from Dr MGR Medical University Chennai in 1998; Diploma of National Board of Examinations (DNB) in 1999. PhD Ophthalmology (graduate Program) studies, from National University of Singapore in 2013. He is currently a senior consultant in the glaucoma department at Medical Research Foundation. He was formerly a Clinician Scientist and Director (research clinic) in Singapore Eye Research Institute and Singapore National Eye Centre, assistant professor in Duke-NUS medical Centre, Singapore and Lecturer and guide Scientist in Elite School of optometry and C U Shah PG institute of Ophthalmology. He has supervised several MPhil and PhD students.
He has published more than 200 papers (as author or co-author) in peer reviewed indexed National and International Journals (H-Index – 49, 2020). He was a clinical investigator for Epidemiology of glaucoma and genetics (Chennai Glaucoma Study) and Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases Studies. He has more than 6 patents for devices and applications in glaucoma. He was also the associate board member with World Glaucoma Association between 2014- 2016 and Organizing Committee member in the Scientific Committee for South East Asian Glaucoma Congress in 2006.


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