eHealth BureauNeoretina Eye Care Institute (NEI), an exclusive tertiary hospital for Retinal Diseases Treatment and Comprehensive eye care was recently inaugurated by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri K Rosaiah in Hyderabad. The 8500 sq ft, 20 beds Hospital will provide comprehensive tertiary eye care facility to deal with retina, pediatric, cornea and glaucoma related eye problems. NEI is equipped with state of the art operation theatre complex including highly advanced operating microscopes, microsurgical equipment and anesthesia workstation to perform complex retinal surgeries. The facility will also offer all ocular trauma and emergencies services round the clock. According to Dr Raja Ram Reddy, Founder Director of Neoretina eye care institute (NEI) said, while the problem of cataract blindness is being addressed by all eye hospitals aggressively & it has to be recognised that other eye problems especially retinal diseases demand equal attention because of changes in the trends of diseases and aging population known as the epidemiological and demographic transition. NEI goal is to serve Hyderabad city and the neighbouring districts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and help reduce the magnitude of blindness from its estimated 1.84% of the service area population to less than 1%, by providing super specialty eye care services to people in the region.Current global estimates indicate that blindness affects close to 37 million people, with nine out of ten blind people living in developing countries. Two-thirds or more of all blindness is avoidable, in that the causes are preventable or treatable. It is estimated that 9 – 12 million people are blind in India. The epidemiological study in Andhra Pradesh states that the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to be quite high with a prence of blindness of 1.84% in the population. 80% of this is either preventable or treatable. The diagnostics department (Provision) provides the state of the art ophthalmic diagnostics. This facility offers digital fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomograms (OCT both posterior as well as anterior), visual field analysis, ophthalmic ultrasound, visual evoked potential (VEP), electrtoretinogram (ERG) electrooculogram (EOG) to enable NEI to arrive at accurate diagnosis even in rare degenerative retinal diseases.NEI will also be the first of its kind hospital in city that will offer exclusive round the clock emergency services for ocular trauma including complex corneal and lid lacerations, informs NEI.