Retinopathy of Prematurity : An IVI – VisionPlus Panel Discussion


17 Nov 2021


5 pm to 6 pm (Indian Standard Time)




Retinopathy of Prematurity – A Concern of Vision Impairment & Blindness in Preterm Infants : An IVI – VisionPlus Panel Discussion

On World Prematurity Day, November 17, IVI in association with VisionPlus will conduct a panel discussion on ‘Retinopathy of Prematurity – A Concern of Vision Impairment & Blindness in Preterm Infants’.

About the panel discussion

1. Prevalence and Severity of ROP in the country – An awareness message
2. What an eye care practitioner needs to know about early diagnosis and intervention
3. Progression of Myopia in ROP infants and Treatment Modalities
4. The Rehabilitation Specialists’ way of handling this condition and the child.
5. Integration of ROP screening services to the Public Health Systems

Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Time: 5.00 – 6.00 pm IST


Who can attend

Optometry students, practitioners, educators, and others interested.


Vinod Daniel, CEO, India Vision Institute



Dr Vasumathy Vedantham
Medical Director, Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Paediatric Retina Specialist
Radhatri Nethralaya

Dr. Vasumathy Vedantham is the consultant vitreoretinal surgeon and one of the medical directors of Radhatri Nethralaya. She has the distinction of being the alumnus of premier institutions such as Madras Medical College (MMC) & RIO-GOH (Regional Institute of Ophthalmology), Chennai where she completed her M.B.B.S & M.S Ophthalmology, L.V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), Hyderabad, where she did her vitreoretinal fellowship and Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai where she worked as a retina consultant for five years and Moorfields Eye Hospital, London where she did her fellowship in pediatric retina, ROP and Electrophysiology of the Eye.

She is the National Task force member in the Indian ROP Research Group for the prevention of Childhood blindness due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in preterm babies. She is a National task force member of Rashtriya Bala Swastiya Karyakram (RBSK) of the Govt of India for prevention of blindness due to Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) in special children with cerebral palsy.

By means of private-public partnership between Radhatri Nethralaya and the Govt. of Tamilnadu, she has been carrying out free screening and treatment of over 400000 (Four lakhs) preterm infants for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP, a blinding disorder) over the past 13 years in several Government hospitals in Chennai:

Dr Shruti Nishanth
Strabismologist, Paediatric Ophthalmologist and Neuro-ophthalmologist,
M.N. Eye hospital

Dr.Shruti Nishanth is a Paediatric Ophthalmologist practising at M.N. Eye Hospitals in Chennai. She has completed her FICO, MRCS (Edinburgh) and is trained in squint surgery, paediatric cataract surgery, low vision evaluation and vision evaluation in children with visual disability. She is passionate about myopia and is currently pursuing her PhD in the subject. She has a dedicated Myopia control clinic with a wonderful team by her side. When she is not spending time with the kids in her clinic, she loves to spend time with her 2 kids at home and penning some uncanny poems.


Sailaja Manda
Research Fellow, Schepens Eye Research Institute

Sailaja Manda completed a Master of Philosophy in Optometry, specializing in Low Vision and also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology.
She has extensive experience in the field of low vision management through her clinical experience at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. She has also served as faculty for both Masters and Bachelor’s students in the areas of low vision, geometric optics and geriatric optometry at the Elite school of optometry. Additionally, she co-authored a book on the evaluation and management of patients with low vision. Currently she works with Dr. Eli Peli, at Schepens Eye Research Institute – an affiliate of Harvard University, as a Research Fellow. She is a part of a research team whose focus is on understanding management of visual field loss related conditions such as tunnel vision or hemianopia using prisms.


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