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LV Prasad institute completes 20,000 corneal transplants

Amit Mitra Hyderabad | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on January 14, 2015

L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad has achieved a new milestone by completing 20,000 corneal transplants across its network.

The State Governor, ESL Narasimhan, today felicitated the institute's team of specialists.

Gullapalli N Rao, Founder and Chair of the institute, said this could be achieved in a country where organ donation and transplantation have long been considered as insurmountable challenges.

Out of the estimated 10 million blind population in India, about 1.1 million are blind in both eyes due to corneal disease, injury or infection. Corneal transplantation is the only known cure for corneal blindness.

The institute had set up an eye bank in 1989 with technical support from the International Federation of Eye Banks of Baltimore, USA.

Published on January 14, 2015
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