1. Dear All,
In continuation with the newsletter for the last quarter, we are happy to bring our Quarter 2
edition of “Journey to Light” for 2016.
In the endeavor of our VISION to eradicate the avoidable blindness and deafness from the
districts of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh the Foundation is leaving no stone unturned to take
forward the noble cause. The DNB and the fellowship programmes and Short term surgical trainings
for the ophthalmologists are continued.
As on 30 June 2016, we have screened the eyes of 15,04,700 people in North Coastal Andhra
Pradesh and performed 2,49,772 surgeries in all sub-specialties of Ophthalmology.
Our sincere acknowledgement to the supporters who are with us in this endeavor for the past 17
years, during this quarter we have received contributions from and individuals. We are very much
thankful for Christoffel Blinden Mission for approving our new multi-year project for
“Strengthening the community eye care services in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh and priority
districts of Odisha”. As a part of this project, we have conducted a free eye screening camp at
Nabarangpur, Odisha in the month of May’16. Where in 50 patients with cataracts were identified
for surgery and brought to the hospital in Visakhapatnam. Of them 43 were operated and follow-up
was done the foundation at Nabarangpur. We are happy to inform that all the beneficiaries
expressed their happiness for improvement in vision and thereby in their lifestyle.
During this period, we have conducted a camp at Naidupalem in collaboration with NTPC as a CSR
initiative. 208 persons were screened of which 125 were provided glasses ad 46 surgeries have been
2. Paediatric Eye care
Refractive Errors inChildren
These are common problems in children and can be detected
easily withsimple visionscreening andcorrectedwithglasses.
If this problemis not identified early it can lead to permanent
decrease in vision.
This is decreased vision for distance or short sightedness
Squeezing eyes, not able to see board they copy from other's
notes and decreased academic performance and watch TV
This is decreasedvisionfor near or long sightedness frequent
complaint of tiredness of eyes, headache, watering and
photophobia (not able to see light).
Slowly blurring of vision on doing work which is relieved
by rubbing or closing eyes. Tiredness, headache, fatigue
tilting, head squeezing of eyes, keeping book closely,
complaint of burning or itching of eyes and rubbing eyes.
Refractiveerrors are most common eye problem in children which can be treated
early with glasses. So, regular vision testing in children is very important.
New bornchildrenwillbeabletoidentify theirmothers at 3 months of age and their
eyeslook straightandsteadyby 6 months of age, so children (infants) having sight related
problem are advised to get checked as early as possible. These children may have early
treatableconditionslikeglasses.So early identifying will help treat conditions like squint.
Pre-schoolandschool children arelikelytobecomplainingheadacheswhile reading or
watching television closely. The children with similar complaints are advised to take
immediate medical attention of Pediatric ophthalmologists.
Sankar Foundation in Outreach modes of identifying Refractive Errors in Children:
We are abletoidentifyprobleminnew borninfantsandchildren below 3 years of age
onaregularbasisthroughscreeningof Anganwadi centers. Also we are conducting school
screening camps and paediatric specialty camps in rural areas in order to eradicate the
avoidable blindness in the poor and needy children.
Various methods of Paediatric Vision testing
This is usedto check vision by both eyes in a grading manner.
Paediatric Refractive errors are occurred mainly due to Low
Socio Economical conditions which lead in improper Nutrition
Some of thechildren canlook normally but the problem is
identified only when they close one eye. Most of the
children with this condition can be treated with glass
correction and vision exercises to the problem eye. This
problem can be rectified only before 12 years of age.
Afterexcluding refractiveerror byusing this instrument,
we canidentify thecauseof theeyestrainwhile reading.
This is used to check vision and asses squint in children
5. Usedto identify movement problemineye and their recovery.
An EYE Screening camp was
conducted at Paravada with the
support of NTPC. Sri P.K.
Bondariya GGM of NTPC
inaugurated the camp.
Sri M.M.Nayak IAS, Collector and District Magistrate
attended the Sravanam Free Screening Camp
conducted in Vizianagaram. He addressed the
gathering and delivered an inspirational speech
mentioning the services provided by the Sankar
DONATIONS FOR SANKAR FOUNDATION
SRI SAI TRUST General Donation
R.V.R PRASAD 80G
OPEN LOGIX SOFTWARE
SOLUTIONS PVT LTD
CHINTA MANMOHAN General Donation
P. RAMPRASAD 80G
6. Total 3,20,000
Apr-15 Apr-16 May-15 May-16 Jun-15 Jun-16 Cumulativ
Particular Paid Free Tot Pai
9 3136 6525
Cataract 334 980 1314 311 815
350 543 893 416 858
Glaucoma 21 7 28 24 2 26 20 8 28 18 7 25 22 7 29 19 9 28 5300
Retina 45 52 97 28 25 53 57 43 100 59 29 88 56 40 96 98 40 138 6161
Squint 1 2 3 1 4 5 0 7 7 3 4 7 1 4 5 1 6 7 387
Cornea 14 42 56 5 78 83 4 52 56 9 68 77 10 79 89 13 79 92 4008
Paediatric 0 5 5 1 5 6 0 8 8 3 5 8 1 7 8 0 8 8 1695
Orbit 24 3 27 28 7 35 43 0 43 52 0 52 46 0 46 53 3 56 1730
Others 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4331
Total 439 1091 1530 398 936
Apr May Jun
Paid 311 416 436
Free 815 858 978
Total 1126 1274 1414
APR MAY JUN
Paid 3123 3903 4182
Free 2528 3265 3468
Total 5651 7168 7650
Glaucoma Retina Cornea Paediatric Orbit
Apr 26 53 83 6 35
May 25 88 77 8 52
Jun 28 158 92 8 56
7. Paediatric cataract surgery @ Sankar foundation
It was Visakhapatnam, couple with a boy of 4 months old were
looking for an address for change in life. Finally they reached the
address. In front of them was a huge hospital. They took the boy (Nithin
Sai) to reception and registered for OP. Both the parents CH.Sattibabu
and Lakshmi were waiting for their turn to see the doctor. The father
was swirling in thoughts. He remembered well the first time he took the
boy in his hands. Within 3 months, all the joy vaporized when he came
to know that the boy was born with cataracts in both his eyes. Both the parents were shrunk in their hearts.
Sattibabu was an agricultural labour and was only source of income to
the family. Beyond their financial status, they tried many hospitals regarding the treatment. Being residing at
Srikakulam they don’t have a wide choice in hospitals. So, on the
advice of Dr. K.L.Naidu an ophthalmologist, they came to
Visakhapatnam. But there are no many eye hospitals with fully
functional paediatric dept and with affiliation to the Govt. schemes.
Through friends he came to
know about Sankar
Foundation Eye Hospital.
They have been through a
very tough time as their elder
son of 16 years have passed
away in an accident.
With hope of resurgent
8. life, they came to Sankar Foundation. They were eagerly waiting for their turn to see the doctor and what
would the doctor say. The pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. G. Suparna examined the baby and informed the
parents that Nitin Sai need surgery in both eyes for cataracts. The mother got terrified hearing this. The doctor
and counselor have comforted and consoled her. The counselor showed Nitin Sai parents successful patient
records and how those children life changed after the surgery. She explained the parents the importance of the
surgery for their son’s bright future. She also informed them that the surgery would be done for free under Dr.
NTR Vaidya Seva scheme. The information from counselor made Satti Babu and Lakshmi a little relieved. All
the necessary arrangements were done and they have been admitted in the hospital under Dr. NTR Vaidhya
Seva scheme. Nitin Sai successfully got operated on right eye and left eye surgery was fixed after 1 month.
The parents are now in CLOUD NINE that their son’s future can be as good as any other child. They
expressed their gratefulness towards Sankar Foundation and all its staff. They specially thanked the doctor,
counselor and NTR Vaidhya Seva staff for extending exemplary care.