LV Prasad Eye Institute prevents blindness in one lakh newborns across Odisha

ROP is a blinding eye disease and an emerging epidemic of the 21st century.

Published: 13th March 2023 07:35 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2023 07:35 AM   |  A+A-

LV Prasad Eye Institute

LV Prasad Eye Institute

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) has crossed a major milestone in preventing avoidable blindness in newborn babies by managing over one lakh preterm babies for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) across its network centres in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

ROP is a blinding eye disease and an emerging epidemic of the 21st century. Babies born early (premature) or with low birth weight (less than two kg at birth) are at the risk of developing the disease.
A faculty at LVPI, Bhubaneswar Dr Tapas Ranjan Padhi said as many as 1,00,687 babies from across the country and neighbouring countries have been managed for ROP by providing preventative, curative and rehabilitative care.

Of these, 64,000 babies have been managed at LVPEI’s Kallam Anji Reddy campus in Hyderabad, 17,000 at Bhubaneswar campus, 9,000 at Vijayawada campus, 8,000 at the Visakhapatnam campus and 9,500 through the LVPEI rural secondary centres.

The institute had launched a unique, one-of-its-kind LVPEI atlas of ROP and other neonatal retinal diseases’ - a useful guide for clinicians, researchers, healthcare personnels and policy makers, Dr Padhi said.

Among those identified with ROP, 6,685 babies were safely operated on, 4,559 babies received lasers and 1,510 babies received injections to manage difficult stages of the disease. Network director of newborn eye health alliance (NEHA) of LVPI Dr Subhadra Jalali said each treated baby can take anywhere from one to four hours of focused care by the team followed by years of follow-up care to achieve the best possible vision by the time they enter school life.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp