Usha R. Kim
Dr. Usha Kim received her MBBS from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, in 1991, Diploma in Ophthalmology and MNAMS (Oph), from Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, in the year 1994 and 1995, respectively. She completed her specialty training under the guidance of Dr. William B. Stewart at University of California, San Francisco, and at Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States of America. She has established and is currently heading the Orbit, Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology department at Aravind Eye Hospital since 1998. Under her efficient leadership, the clinic has seen several innovations such as the addition of Ocular Oncology Services and an Ocular Prosthesis Centre. She has trained nearly 55 national and 16 international candidates as fellows in the field of Orbit, Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology. She has also trained 41 Ocularists both at the national and international level.
She is also The Director of the MLOP program which forms the backbone of the Aravind Eye Care System. She has been a member of Aravind Research Committee since March 1998 and is a Principle investigator for many studies conducted at Aravind Eye Care System. She is actively involved in various research activities and currently focuses on genetics of Retinoblastoma. She has 43 publications to her credit – 23 international and 18 national. She has also written chapters in many books and co-authored a book on “Imaging in Orbit and Neuro-ophthalmology.” She established “The Ring of Hope” in 2004, a program that provides free service to patients, children, and adults who have life-threatening cancers in the eye like retinoblastoma. The Ring of Hope Fund, since its inception, has supported 1600 ocular cancer patients, who would otherwise not have been able to receive treatment.
Dr. Priti Bhoutekar (Urade) is a dedicated medical professional with prior work and education experiences at renowned institutes in Delhi and South India. She works with sustained focus and interest in the field of Orbit and Oculoplasty. She completed her MBBS (2004 – 2010) from Government medical college, Nagpur. In 2013, she received M.D Ophthalmology from prestigious AIIMS, Delhi. She also received DNB Ophthalmology in 2015. During her fellowship in orbit and oculoplasty (2013-2015), she worked and got trained under Dr. Usha Kim at Aravind eye hospital, Madurai. Currently works as consultant Orbit and Ophthalmic Plastic surgeon in central India. She has one international publication to her name. She presented a paper on “A novel approach for optic nerve sheath decompression; our experiences and outcomes” during APSOPRS-OPAI 2014, Delhi. Also, her poster on ‘Large spot laser for treatment of retinopathy of prematurity’ was presented in AAO, Chicago (Oct 2014).
Dr. Swapna has done her MBBS from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Sion Hospital, Mumbai, and postgraduation in Ophthalmology (M.S. Ophthalmology) from Topiwala National Medical Hospital and Nair Hospital, Mumbai, after which she joined Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, for 2 years as Senior Registrar, where she worked and trained under Dr. A. K. Grover and obtained extensive experience in orbit and oculoplasty surgeries. She then joined a long term fellowship program in Orbit, Oculoplasty and Ocular Oncology at Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, where she honed her technical skills under the guidance of Dr. Usha Kim, a stalwart in the field.At present Dr. Swapna is a practicing orbit and oculoplasty consultant specializing in plastic surgery of the eyelids, eye socket reconstruction, lacrimal surgeries, pediatrics oculoplastics, cosmetic eyelid and brow surgery, and nonsurgical facial cosmetic treatments (Botox and fillers). Experience: 10 years
Orbital foreign bodies comprise one of the most common and serious sequelae following trauma. They are often seen in patients with multiple trauma from traffic accidents, assault, fall from height, gunshot and warfare. Many orbital foreign bodies have been reported in the literature, including BB gun pellets, nails, pens, pencils, twigs, stone, glass. The clinical suspicion should be high as signs of trauma may be subtle.
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