Retina India organizes national convention ‘RetinAware’ on Sep 24, 25
09/22/2011

Retina India, a not for profit medical and social organization dedicated to people affected by retina related conditions, is holding its first national convention –RetinAware 2011-- at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on September 24 and 25, 2011.

Online PR News – 22-September-2011 – – Retina India, a not for profit medical and social organization dedicated to people affected by retina related conditions, is holding its first national convention –RetinAware 2011-- at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on September 24 and 25, 2011.

To be inaugurated by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in the presence of other dignitaries, the convention would provide a unique opportunity for patients, their families, care givers
including ophthalmologists and general medical practitioners, as well as volunteers, a chance to closely interact with leading national and international doctors and scientists. These experts are involved
globally in pioneering research such as stem cell therapy, gene therapy, bionic eye, etc., which will impact retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa,
retinopathy of prematurity, etc. The doctors and scientists will explain about the latest in treatments and research, in easy-to-understand language for the community, which will help the stake-holders gain knowledge about the latest in treatments on some of the incurable diseases until now.

We are also inviting leading experts from around the country to address the delegates about genetic counseling, education, training, jobs & career, independent living, mobility, assistive technological
aids for the visually challenged etc., which will help inform and inspire the affected to make a difference to their lives. These experts as well as the doctors and researchers will address patients in the breakout’ sessions, where enough time has been allotted for interaction between the experts and the attendees to address their questions and queries.

The convention will also allow the attending delegates a chance for medical consultation with some of the leading retina specialists, who will offer their time and expertise to patients who seek expert advice
regarding their conditions.

“This is the first of its kind initiative in India, where experts will address the direct beneficiaries directly. To benefit as many people, we’re throwing this open to everyone for free, with help from our
sponsors. Given the greater level of interest amongst patients in learning about the latest cures, we are sure that the convention would evince interest in the country,” said Dr. Rajat N. Agrawal, Founder
and Managing Trustee, Retina India, who is one of the co-inventors and co-patentee of the second generation bionic eye in Los Angeles, USA.

Mr. Arvind Bhartiya, one of the Trustees of Retina India, added, “Retina India is the first non-profit organization focused exclusively on retinal diseases. With support from all the leading retinal experts
within the country and those from abroad, we hope the convention –which has also won widespread support from the Government of India to the health sector at large—will also go in some way in creating
awareness amongst the society on the importance of addressing retinal related conditions, which affect millions of people in this country.

It will also highlight the fact that retinal diseases are not curable at this time, and the person spends a lifetime with the disease, which brings unique challenges for the affected person, as well as the
family.“ “Even though India has one of the largest number of people affected with cataract and corneal problems, we possibly also have the largest number of people affected with retinal diseases. Cataract and corneal problems are, in most cases, considered curable or treatable. Retinal diseases, because of the nature of the disease, are not completely curable, and leave patients with a sudden or progressive loss of vision that becomes part of the life of the patient, as well as the family. With the requirements of such patients different from those of the other categories of persons with vision impairment, we want to bring additional awareness in all sectors of society. We believe that the discussions during the convention would go in some way towards bringing these objectives to the fore”, said Mrs. Sudamani Venkatesan, Chief Operating Officer, Retina India.

“When someone unexpectedly suffers from retinal damage, either in accidents or from a disease, their life undergoes a total change. As retina specialists treating these patients, we are sometimes not able
to handle the situation well. These people need to be told about the options for education/career and vocation, through expert counseling as well as motivation by other patients who have experienced similar situations in their lives. Through our partnership with NGOs serving the visually challenged community, as well as our “Connect” program headed by an informed patient or a family member, we are able to connect these patients to the right kind of training, rehabilitation and guidance, so that their disability does not come in the way of their personal and professional goals,” added Dr Agrawal.

For further information on RetinAware, or to register, please send an email to event@retinaindia.org, or contact our helpline at +9198200 97755 or +9189766 58402