Dr Prashant Garg, Executive-Chair, LVPEI, elected to the prestigious Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis

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Dr Prashant Garg, LVPEI
Dr Prashant Garg, Executive-Chair, LVPEI

He becomes the fifth from India to ever receive this honour A matter of great pride

Hyderabad, October 2022: Dr Prashant Garg, Executive-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute, has been elected as a ‘Member’ of the prestigious Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis (AOI). AOI is a university-centred international organization committed to excellence in education, research and culturally appropriate medical services to preserve and restore the vision of people of the world. Its membership is limited to 100 active members, and they represent the most eminent academicians in ophthalmology in the world, each holding a chair of this prestigious body. Dr Garg becomes the fifth from India to ever receive this honour.

An ophthalmologist who has been engaged in the study, research or practice of ophthalmology for at least 15 years and who has published not less than 100 scientific papers, reports, or books is eligible to be nominated for membership of AOI. The members are formally nominated and elected by the existing members of AOI based on merit.

“I feel both privileged and excited to be elected to Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis and look forward to actively contributing to the strategic plan that AOI is working on to preserve and restore the vision of people and prevent avoidable blindness globally,” said Dr Prashant Garg, Executive Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute

Dr Prashant Garg is an internationally renowned leader in corneal infections, anti-microbial resistance and eye banking. Dr Garg has received numerous prestigious awards and competitive research grants and is on the boards of several international organizations, societies and scientific journals. With over 190 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr Garg has a strong publication record and has authored several book chapters. He has been invited to faculty for prestigious international meetings and has delivered several named lectures.

Dr Prashant Garg’s tenure as a Member of Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis will formally commence next year during AOI’s next General Assembly meeting. 

About LVPEI: Established in 1987, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, is a comprehensive eye health facility. The Institute has ten functional arms to its areas of operations: 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 Eye Care Network has 260+ Centres spread across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka in India. The institute’s mission is to provide equitable and quality eye care to all sections of society. The LVPEI’s five-tier ‘Eye Health Pyramid’ model covering all sections of society right from the villages to the city, provides high quality and comprehensive – prevention, curative and rehabilitation – eye care to all. It has served over 34.14 million (3 crore 41 lakh people), with more than 50% of them entirely free of cost, irrespective of the complexity of care needed.

About AOI: The Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) traces its origin to the Act of Foundation signed March 7, 1975. Its Statutes and Regulations were adopted by a vote of the 45 Charter Members at the organization’s first meeting in Ghent, Belgium on April 10, 1976. Active membership is limited to 100 Chairs, each assigned a roman numeral from I to C. AOI Members are formally nominated and elected by the membership to fill a specific Chair once it becomes vacant. An ophthalmologist who has been engaged in the study, research, or practice of ophthalmology for at least 15 years and who has published not less than 100 scientific papers, reports, or books is eligible to be nominated for membership. Currently, their Active and Emeritus membership represents 33 countries around the world. Know more: www.a-o-int.org

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