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Dr P Siva ReddyAll organs in our body are equally important, but eyes are more important than others because without eyesight everything is dark. Andhra Pradesh is proud to have produced a world-renowned ophthalmologist, Dr P. Siva Reddy, who has given vision and shown the light to lakhs of people. He has performed over 3 lakh cataract operations and about 300 corneal graftings, besides over 40,000 other eye surgeries during the past four and a half decades. He did his MBBS from Madras Medical College in 1946 and later Diploma in Ophthalmology (DO) from the same college. He pursued his Super Speciality in Ophthalmology (MS) from Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam in 1957.

Dr Siva Reddy became the superintendent of Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Hyderabad in 1961. During his stewardship, he developed the hospital by creating facilities for research and special clinics for specific diseases like glaucoma, orthoptics, corneal and retinal.Dr Reddy is the pioneer in the conduct of eye camps in a scientific manner. Till date, Dr. Reddy has conducted more than 500 eye camps in rural and urban areas all over India, of them nearly 300 were during his tenure as the chief of Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital. The credit of setting up the first eye bank in India,with the help of TI Kapadia Charitable Trust in 1964, goes to Dr Reddy. He also played a key role in the establishment of regional eye hospitals at Visakhapatnam, Warangal and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh.

Dr Reddy performing an operation Dr Siva Reddy got world recognition when he found a live worm in the orbit called Gordia worm. He presented the worm at the International Congress of Ophthalmology at Munich in Germany. The meeting honoured him by naming the worm as 'Gordia Reddy'.

Dr Reddy bagged the Dr BC Roy National Award twice, and the Adenwalah Oration Gold Medal at the IOS Conference in 1973 for his work on Cryo Therapy. Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology conferred him with the Jose Rizal Medal. The Government of India honoured him with the prestigious civilian awards Padmasri in 1970 and Padmabhushan in 1977 for his contributions to ophthalmology. The All-India Ophthalmologist Society honoured Dr Siva Reddy with Life Time Achievement Award in admiration of his ceaseless endeavours that have contributed to the advancement of ophthalmology.

Dr P Siva Reddy, who hails from Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh, is very active and continues to perform eye surgeries even today at the age of 80. At present, he is the honorary adviser in ophthalmology to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and also the honorary surgeon to the President of India. He is a member of many professional bodies.

-Mohan G Jagan

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