Education  India Project #19979

Eye Screening for Premature Babies

by Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology
Eye Screening for Premature Babies
Route map of mobile unit services
Route map of mobile unit services

Project Progress till date

2362 babies screened across 23 NICUS in 11 Districts of Karnataka.

8972 screening sessions

151 babies treated with vision saving laser and surgical treatments

 The Sotry of Asha's Baby

Background: This lovely girl child was born on the 29th of January 2015 at 28 weeks of gestation. Nearly 12 weeks before the normal delivery date. She weighed a tiny 1500 grams at birth. The parents stay at a village about 40 kms from the City of Mysore and are poor. The baby’s father works as a road repair machine operator and earns on a daily wage basis, a total of about Rs.3000( USD 50 per month) besides some minor earnings from odd jobs. The mother is a home maker. The baby born at the Cheluvamba Government Maternity Hospital at Mysore was admitted to the neo natal intensive care unit for management of complications .


The baby was included in the vision screening programme and was seen to have retinopathy of prematurity with the need for photo coagulation.The baby has undergone both eyes laser treatment on 04.04.2015. The baby was reviewed on 13.05.2015. Both eyes ROP was regressing but ridge was noted temporally posterior to laser scars.   The baby was advised for augmentation laser intervention in both eyes. The baby underwent both eyes laser treatment again on 22.05.2015

The baby on final treatment day
The baby on final treatment day


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Smallest twins to survive in a non metro hospital
Smallest twins to survive in a non metro hospital

This week we have reached the landmark figure of 3000 distinct babies screened over 8000 screening sessions. These babies are drawm from over 23 different neo natal intensive care units(NICUs) spread across 11 districts of Karnataka. 14 of these are governement hospitals which serve the poorest patients. 

We are also proud to have been a part of a team that helped "healthily" save the smallest pair of twins to survive from a Tier II city. This was at the Bapuji Institute of Medical Sciences in Davangere, Karnataka and the babies were less than 700gms at birth.An article in the Times of India


Preemie twins beat odds to survive


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Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka - India
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Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology
Krishna Murthy
Project Leader:
Krishna Murthy
Medical Director
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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