Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Gullapalli N. Rao, Distinguished Chair of Eye Health at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, Recently Was Presented with the 2007 Pisart Vision Award, Which Is Given Annually by Lighthouse International to an Outstanding Leader Who Has Made an Extraordinary Contribution to the Prevention, Cure, and Treatment of Severe Vision Impairment or Blindness

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Gullapalli N. Rao, Distinguished Chair of Eye Health at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, Recently Was Presented with the 2007 Pisart Vision Award, Which Is Given Annually by Lighthouse International to an Outstanding Leader Who Has Made an Extraordinary Contribution to the Prevention, Cure, and Treatment of Severe Vision Impairment or Blindness

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Gullapalli N. Rao, distinguished chair of eye health at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, recently was presented with the 2007 Pisart Vision Award, which is given annually by Lighthouse International to an outstanding leader who has made an extraordinary contribution to the prevention, cure, and treatment of severe vision impairment or blindness. Dr. Rao was honored for his humanitarian efforts in which he delivered high-quality, low-cost, sustainable eye care in India, a country in which more than 12 million people are blind, half of such incidences are a result of untreated cataracts. Determined to ameliorate this trend, Dr. Rao resigned his position at the University of Rochester, New York, 17 years ago to found the L V Prasad Eye Institute in India. Under his direction, the institute has developed into a state-of-the-art eye hospital and research center, supporting programs for training ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other paramedical personnel. Each year, 100,000 patients are treated, and more than 15,000 patients undergo cataract surgery. …

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