Sankara Eye Foundation unveils innovation lab for eye care

The centre will explore AI algorithms for medical imaging analysis

Sankara Eye Foundation has launched the country’s first-of-its-kind Innovation Lab supported by GD Naidu Charities, focused on advancing eye care through cutting-edge research, development, and training at Sathy Road, Sivanandapuram, Coimbatore.

The centre aims to deliver high-quality eye care solutions to underserved populations in India, reaching the most remote rural villages with innovative approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The centre was inaugurated by GD Gopal, Chairman, GD Naidu Charities in the presence of Dr SV Balasubramaniam-Chairman, Sankara Eye Foundation, India, Dr RV Ramani, Founder- Managing Trustee of Sankara Eye Foundation, India, Bhaskar Bhat-Director, Tata Sons and Trustees & Well Wishers of Sankara Eye Foundation. 

Dr Jagadeesh Kumar Reddy, Technical Director & Head of Innovation Lab, Sankara Eye Foundation, India stated, “Our Center for Innovation stands as a testament to our steadfast dedication to enhancing eye care for everyone. Through a focus on research and development, we strive to bridge healthcare gaps and deliver life-changing solutions to rural and underserved communities in India.” 

He added, “The Research and Development Center will focus on four key domains: the design and development of new devices, digital eye care through AI-enhanced electronic medical records, clinical trials, and comprehensive training programs. This initiative aims to revolutionise eye care by developing advanced digital record systems and AI technologies to improve efficiency, accuracy, and accessibility.” 

“The centre will conduct clinical trials approved by CDSCO/DCGI for regulatory compliance, with a dedicated team of clinical research coordinators ensuring adherence to standards. The training programme will feature hands-on sessions, simulation exercises, and virtual reality modules to enhance practical skills for Postgraduate Trainees, Fellows, and Practicing Eye Surgeons,” Dr Reddy quoted. 

The centre will explore AI algorithms for medical imaging analysis, improving the detection and classification of common eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Additionally, AI will be utilised to create personalised treatment plans based on patient data and predictive analytics. 


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