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Top Ranking BITS Pilani Optometry Alumnus Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan Contact Lens Specialist Rests in Peace

07-24-2020 12:31 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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Top Ranking BITS Pilani Optometry Alumnus Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan Contact Lens Specialist Rests in Peace

Top Ranking BITS Pilani Optometry Alumnus Dr Rajeswari Mahadevan Contact Lens Specialist Rests in Peace

Many people in India today who think that the institution of eminence Birla Institute of Technology and Science is a T School, S school, P School, B school and what not need to be reminded that it had been an Opto O school too for two decades. Rajeswari Mahadevan fondly called as Raji born 09 Sep 1976 holds not one or two but three degrees BS (opto), MPhil (Opto) and Phd from BITS Pilani in addition FIACLE, FSLS, FBCLA and BAMS.

Proud to be BITSian Raji graduated from the prestigious Elite school of Optometry (ESO) in 1998 and went ahead to pursue her M.Phil and PhD in contact lenses while continuing to serve at world renowned eye-care institution Sankara Nethralaya. She held a number of first of its kind accolades including a PhD in the field of specialty contact lenses, PROSE clinical fellowship from the Boston Foundation for Sight, USA to becoming the Asia Pacific Regional president of the executive board of the “International association of contact lens educators (IACLE)”.

She became a Fellow of the International association of contact lens educators (FIACLE) in 2000, obtained FSLS a fellowship from the scleral lens education society in 2014, awarded the First initiated, Educator of the year award in the field of contact lens in Asia pacific region for the year 2014, received the fellowship from the British contact lens association (FBCLA) in the year 2014, fellowship from the American academy of optometry (FAAO) in 2016, and serves as the Asia pacific – President for IACLE. There was never a moment when she did not think of “What next”.

For nearly two decades, she headed the contact lens clinic at Sankara Nethralaya. Dr. Raji's leadership, courage, resilience, dedication, perfection, and innovation took the Sankara Nethralaya Contact Lens Clinic to the stratosphere. She brought in all the best practices and advancements in the field of contact lenses and specialty contact lenses to Sankara Nethralaya that raised the status of the contact lens clinic at SN to the Numero uno position.

The proudest moment in her life was authoring her first book on “Trouble shooting and problem solving in contact lens practice” which was released during the ESO’s international vision science and optometry conference in 2015 by her revered Guru Mahatria Ra. She has also authored a chapter on “Role of contact lens in different environment” in a book published on occupational optometry. She has authored a chapter on Cornea and contact lens in the book Peyman’s Ophthalmology.

On 15 July 2020, the world of optometry lost Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan to the hard battle with cancer. Raji will be missed deeply and her loss is indeed an irreparable one to the Sankara Nethralaya family. She will remain an inspiration to many in the personal and professional front. Condolence messages have been pouring all over the world to her husband Mr. Ganesh, daughter Ms. Ashwini Ganesh, and bereaved family but the loss is truly irreplaceable. May she rest in ever lasting peace.

For more details see

Ms Uma Paramesh
Administrative Officer
Elite School of Optometry
No.8, G.S.T. Road, St.Thomas Mount,
Chennai -600 016, Tamil Nadu, India
Telephone : +91 044 2234 9269

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