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L V Prasad Eye Institute gets ISO for making prosthetic devices to treat complex corneal diseases

L V Prasad Eye Institute, the leading research and teaching eye hospital based in Hyderabad, has received an ISO certification for the manufacture of BostonSight SCLERAL and PROSE lenses.

The cornea is the clear, protective outer layer of the eye and acts as a barrier against dirt, germs, and other things that can cause damage. The cornea also plays a key role in vision and helps determine how well your eye can focus on objects close-up and far away.If the cornea suffers damage due to disease, infection or an injury, your vision may be affected. There are many problems of the cornea that cannot be treated which makes this news music to the ears.

Hyderabad-based L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a leading research and eye hospital, has received an ISO certification for the manufacture of BostonSight SCLERAL and Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem(PROSE) lenses. The certification is by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and ensures that the institute's quality management system meets current global regulatory standards.

These special type of contact lenses offer the promise of relief for people afflicted with many problems of the cornea not treatable otherwise. We are delighted that we could make this service available in India. - Dr Gullapalli N Rao, Founder-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute

Launched in 1987, LVPEI, a not-for-profit, non-government, public-spirited, comprehensive eye care facility, is a World Health Organization collaborating centre for the prevention of blindness. It has 10 active areas of operation - clinical services, education, research, vision rehabilitation, rural and community eye health, eye banking, advocacy and policy planning, capacity building, innovation and product development.

The LVPEI reaches out to patients through tertiary centres in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada and centres that cover remote rural areas in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka.

Central to this dedication of providing high quality care to those most in need is a steadfast commitment to quality, something the ISO certification is proof of.

The BostonSight SCLERAL and PROSE lens manufacturing facility was established at LVPEI in 2017 in partnership with the Boston Foundation for Sight, the aim being to increase access to these specialised lenses to people living in hard to access areas.

PROSE is a computer-assisted custom-designed lens made using a computerised lathe machine. The PROSE device is the specific design that is customised to each individual eye and are reported to be effective and safe in managing a variety of conditions. These lenses restore visual function, support healing, reduce symptoms, avoid corneal transplantation in some cases and improve quality of life for patients suffering from ocular surface disease, corneal disease, injury or damage.

The facility has reached out to over 1,500 patients across India and will soon start catering to patients in South-East and Middle-East Asia."BSI is honoured to be the partner of choice and in helping LVPEI deliver global quality using systems. The humanitarian purpose of the organisation makes our service becomes even more important as we contribute in a small way to a much larger cause", said Venkataram Arabolu, Managing Director, BSI Group India said.

Scleral lenses are commonly known for their use in patients with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, keratoconus, corneal grafts, chemical and thermal burn injuries, and ocular pemphigoid, among other uses. However, the increased spotlight on scleral lenses have led to their use in more number diseases, chronic graft-versus-host disease, post-LASIK dry eye, and irregular astigmatism.

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