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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

September 26, 2015


"PhacoRet 2015 - Phacoemulsification & its Retinal complications"- Conference, Day 1

Prasanthigram-26 09 2015 : The Department of Ophthalmology, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram, is organizing a two-day conference on “Phacoemulsification and its Retinal Complications”, on 26 09 2015 and 27 09 2015.


Phacoemulsification refers to modern cataract surgery in which the eye's cataract afflicted internal lens is broken into small pieces with an ultrasonic hand piece and taken out of the eye and a new artificial lens is put in its place. With this method the cut required to remove the lens and put the new lens is much smaller than ordinary cataract surgery and therefore the recovery is must faster.


The conference focuses on the process of Phacoemulsification and complications arising due to the surgery for the Retina of the eye.


The conference covers the entire spectrum in Phacoemulsification Surgery from the basic, “Step by Step of Phacoemulsification Surgery” to more advanced topics like “Advances in Phacoemulsification” and “Retinal Complications arising out of Phacoemulsification”.


The conference includes live surgery demonstration by the surgeons of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram.


Among the faculty members,  who are attending the conference are,  Dr Arulmozhi Varman, Chairmen of Uma Eye Clinic, Chennai, Dr N S Muralidhar, Senior Consultant, Retina Institute of Karnataka, Bangalore, Dr Vineet Ratra, Senior consultant, Sankar Nethralaya and Dr Praveen Murthy, Consultant, Prabha Eye Clinic, Bangalore. Around 100 delegates from across India are attending the conference.


Speaking at the inauguration of the conference,  Trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri K Chakravarthy, quoting Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba,  said that Bhagawan Baba would always talk about the unity among the 3Hs, the Hands, Head and the Heart and there could be no better profession than medicine, where the three could be better cohered.  The most important thing that you would find at the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Sri Chakravarthy said, were the feelings, which were uniquely human. “The main difference between persons, who are working at SSSIHMS and outside, will be the deep involvement with the patient’s progress”, he said. Extending an open invitation to the delegates and faculty alike, Sri Chakravarthy said that they were welcome to spend time in the hospital to understand this attitude of service.


Director of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, Dr Choudary Voleti spoke about the three dimensional aspect of healthcare. “During the initial days of my contact with Bhagawan Baba, Swami taught me a great lesson”, Dr Voleti said. “Swami taught me that apart from the physical body of the patient, doctors should also focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the patients also, which are equally important. Swami’s hospital is a unique example of this three dimensional healthcare”, Dr Voleti said. “Here advanced treatment is provided completely free, which keeps the patient completely free of worry about the cost of treatment and the care is provided with love and compassion”,  he said.


Trustee of SSSCT, Sri R J Rathnakar, during his talk spoke about the deep knowledge of medicine possessed by the ancient Indian physicians, “The first cataract surgery was performed by Sushruta in the 6th Century B C. So Indians were pioneers in the field of medicine”, he said. Referring to the interaction he had with Bhagawan Baba, he mentioned that eyes were one of the most important organs of the body for the simple reason that without them one cannot enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.


At the end of the first day,  all the delegates and faculty members would visit the Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram to participate in Bhajan and Darshan.







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