Dr. Rajeswari Mahadevan with two decades of experience in the field of contact lens with international acclaim, had been a trend setter in various innovations in CL practice and specialty practice in India. Medical Research foundation, which she was associated with since 1998, has seen a tremendous growth in the department of contact lens, its practice, research and education because of her contributions.

In her fond memory, Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation has initiated a scientific session last year specifically in the field of Contact Lens. The session will be conducted every year on Dr. Rajeswari’s birthday (September 9th) to mark her achievements and her zeal towards contact lens.



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About Dr.Raji


Guest Speakers


Dr. Maria K. Walker

Assistant Professor,
University of Houston, College of optometry

Dr. Maria K. Walker is an Assistant Professor at the University Of Houston College Of Optometry and recently completed her Ph.D. studying the effects of scleral lenses on the ocular surface. Dr. Walker is involved in several research projects at the Ocular Surface Institute at the University of Houston, primarily studying scleral lenses and tear film. Her other research interests include specialty contact lens optics and inflammation with contact lenses. She has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts and is an active reviewer for Contact Lens & Anterior Eye and Optometry & Vision Science. Dr. Walker lectures domestically and internationally on scleral lenses and has won several awards related to contact lenses and research, including the VSP Vision Care Scholarship for Clinical Excellence, the Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Ezell Fellowship given by the American Optometric Foundation. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, an advisory board member of the Gas Permeable Lens Institute, a member of the Cornea & Contact Lens Section of the AAO, and a board member of the International Forum for Scleral Lens Research.


Dr. Lakshman Subbaraman

Associate Director -Projects,
Global Clinical Development & Medical Affairs - Alcon

Lakshman Subbaraman is an Associate Director for Clinical Projects at Vision Care Global Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Alcon, where he has been since 2018. Previously, he was the Head of BioSciences, Senior Clinical Scientist and Research Associate Professor at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education, School of Optometry & Science, University of Waterloo, Canada.

He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed & professional articles, three book chapters and over 200 published abstracts in the areas of contact lens discomfort, contact lens interaction with the ocular surface & ophthalmic drug delivery. He has presented at numerous conferences and continuing education programs in 15+ different countries.

Lakshman was listed in the “top 10 most impactful authors in the field of silicone hydrogel contact lenses” (Efron N, et al. Journal of Optometry 2021). He was also named in the list of “200 most impactful optometrists in the world” (Efron N, et al. Global optometrist top 200 research ranking. Clinical and Experimental Optometry 2021). Expertscape, a biomedical-focused website that objectively ranks scientists and researchers by their expertise, recently ranked Lakshman in the top 10 global experts in the past decade in the field of contact lenses.

He is a recipient of several awards including American Optometric Foundation’s William Ezell Fellowship and the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation Award. He is on the editorial board of the British Contact Lens Association’s peer-reviewed journal, Contact Lens & Anterior Eye and has served on the editorial board of American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) journal, Optometry & Vision Science. He has previously served as the chair of the scientific program committee of the Canadian Optometry Research Conference, and as a member of AAO’s Research Committee and Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society’s (TFOS) Young Investigator Committee. He was on the committees of the TFOS Contact Lens Discomfort Workshop and the Dry Eye Workshop 2 (TFOS DEWS 2). He serves as a referee for over 35 Ophthalmology, Optometry & Biomedical journals and several international research granting agencies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a member of the International Society for Contact Lens Research (upon invitation only), TFOS & ARVO.


Optom. Prasad K. Sawant

Sawant Optometry clinic - Proprietor
& Clinical Associate PROSE partner

Optom. Prasad K. Sawant has completed his Bachelors & Masters degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth School of Optometry, Pune in year 2001 & 2005 respectively. Later he has completed his Clinical Fellowship from L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad in 2002. He has also completed his Fellowship in Scleral Lenses at Boston Foundation for Sight, MA, USA in 2008. He is accredited Fellow of International Association of Contact lens Educators, Australia since 2011. He is awarded with British as well with American Academy of Fellowships in year 2014 & 2015 respectively.

Since 2003, he is successfully running his own private Optometry practice at Dombivli-Mumbai with the name “Sawant Optometry Clinic”. Along with comprehensive clinical practice, he is also practicing low vision, binocular vision and his specialty is, working with all types of Specialty Contact Lenses including Boston Scleral Lenses in the management of corneal ectatic conditions and ocular surface disorders. He is also head of the contact lens department at The Eye Super-Specialties, Ghatkopar-Mumbai (2009) practicing all types of specialty contact lenses including Scleral Lenses. These both clinics are one of the official PROSE provider partner associates in collaboration with L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad & Boston Foundation for Sight, MA, USA.

He is a guest faculty and external examiner in various Optometry Schools across the nation for Clinical Optometry subject, practice managements & primarily for specialty Contact lenses. He was KOL for ALCON and TVCI faculty for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care India since 2012 - 2020. He has also worked with Bausch & Lomb as a clinician for their FOS studies for their new contact lens products. He has delivered several talks in various national Optometry conferences, CME’s & training programs. He has also presented several posters and/or oral presentations at British Contact Lens Association and American Academy of Optometry conferences as a primary or secondary author. As a co-author his publication in international peer reviewed journal on – Proactive Contact Lens Prescribing: Which approach is more effective? is well appreciated.

Other than Optometry his biggest hobby is, to play Cricket as he plays from couple of Cricket clubs from his district. As a Rotarian, he also represents the IFCR (International Fellowship of Cricket Rotarians) at national and international level of Cricket tournaments.

Abstract Submission


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Oral Papers


Abstract ID Title Presenting author/Institution
201/RMMSS2021 AGREEMENT OF THE KISA INDEX WITH PATHFINDER II PLACIDODISC BASED CORNEAL TOPOGRAPHY IN ‘NORMAL’, ‘KERATOCONUS SUSPECT’, ‘CLINICALLY MANIFEST’ KERATOCONUS EYES. Riddhi Kanani / Hari jyot college of optometry
202/RMMSS2021 VISUAL FUNCTIONS AMONG MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENS WEARERS Rakshaya Rayamajhi / Sankara College of Optometry
203/RMMSS2021 BARRIERS, MOTIVATORS AND ENABLERS FOR DISPENSING MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES AMONG EYE CARE PRACTITIONERS IN KOCHI Rahul R / Giridhar Eye Institute
204/RMMSS2021 FLUID RESERVOIR THICKNESS AND ABERRATION RELATIONSHIP IN KERATOCONIC EYES WITH SCLERAL LENSES Akshaya C Balakrishnan / Sankara nethralaya
205/RMMSS2021 EFFECTS OF BOSTON SIGHT SCLERAL LENS WEAR IN PELLUCID MARGINAL DEGENERATION Ronit Dutta / Sankara Nethralaya
207/RMMSS2021 UNIQUE CASES OF SOFT PROSTHETIC TYPE-B CONTACT LENS – A CASE SERIES Mahesh Kumar / Sankara Nethralay
208/RMMSS2021 A CASE REPORT ON SCLERAL LENS ASSOCIATED CORNEAL INFILTRATIVE EVENT AND MANAGEMENT Neelima Saride / LVPEI

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