About me

Who I am is a great misnomer because, in the past, I was, at times, confused with Rabindra Adhikari, the leader of one of political parties of Nepal, who now has become just a history. What else did I not do for my separate identity? I swapped by name and surname to become Adhikari Rabindra. I wrote hundred plus articles on national newspapers under the same swapped modal. But now, I have come to original Rabindra Adhikary; the 'y' in the Adhikary is again remodeled to indicate I am I, not that fellow in the past.
Kidding!!

I started writing since I was a kid. Back then I wrote fiction and poetry in native language. The journey of my English writing, nonetheless, instigated in the year 2006, when as a student group we started a monthly optometry magazine called "Drishti" basically conceptualized to be pasted on different boards, walls and corners of TU teaching hospital premises and library. Since it was a novel concept, it grabbed a great readership.  

Things were pretty tough back then because to access the internet we have to wait hours for our turn in the TUTH library. Nobody did have cellphones, computers or laptops. Simply put, we are from the floppy disc era. So, I used to quickly devour the lunch and flee away to the library's computer room because it was a high time that one could get a chance to find an empty seat. That was then I started blogging. But honestly, I did not know the term blogging. Wordpress and googlepages were the ones I knew and used. In 2007, I wrote the first blog at ravinems.blogspot.com which is being used until now. 

Now all the contents of ravinems.blogspot.com has been redirected to rabindraadhikary.com.np and all the credits go to Kiran Subedi, who helped me a lot to start this endeavor. I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. 

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Rabindra Adhikary
Rabindra Adhikary

 

Correspondence                    Shantinagar, Banepa-10, Kavre

Post Box No.: 45210 (Banepa Post office)

Email:  [email protected]

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Personal                                  Nationality: Nepali

                                                                                        

Objective:   To explore the unexplored through clinical expertise, research, and community works

 

Academics

Degrees

Year (A. D.)

Institution

Division

Remarks

Masters of Optometry

2019

Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology (P.U.)

 

Expected 2021

B. Optom

2009

Institute of Medicine (IOM)

First

 

10+2 (Science)

2003

HSEB

Distinction

District Topper, Kavre

SLC

2001

Kushadevi Ma. Vi.

First

District Topper from government schools of Kavre

 

Work Experience

As a master student at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, took charge of the refraction, contact lens clinic, and low vision clinic; supervised bachelor and diploma level students

Took lectures to the students of Bachelor of Optometry and Vision Science (BOVS) under National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMSS) on Visual science and clinical optics. (20 hours)

Took lectures to the third year students of Ophthalmic Sciences of Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

As a consultant Optometrist at Reiyukai Eiko Masunaga Eye Hospital, Banepa, Kavre from 23rd February 2010-2019.

 

Clinical Expertise

Refraction

General Ocular Examination

Diagnosis, management and/or referral of ocular disease

Contact Lenses (Soft, toric, RGP, Scleral and mini-scleral)

Binocular Single Vision tests & procedures

Low Vision

General Exposure on Eye Banking (tissue assessment and endothelial count) and Ocular prosthesis

Specialized testing: Perimetry, Biometry, Ultrasonography, Visuometry, Pachymetry, Tonometry, ERG, VEP, OCT (ant & post) , Corneal Topography (Pentacam, ATLAS) etc.

 

Community Outreach

Took part in OneSight clinic at Okharpauwa, Kakani municipality, held on 18-22 November from Better Vision Foundation, Nepal, a Nepalese not-for-profit, non-governmental organization--a local partner in the clinic

Volunteered as an optometrist and assistant clinic manager in Chepang Vision Care Mission 2018 held from September 23-26 September 2018 in Indiginous Chepang Community of Raksirang rural Municipality, Makwanpur. This clinic was financially supported by OneSight and Wayne Tennet, himself, came to oversee the clinic activities with his son Benjamin. Two volunteers ODs from the United States also participated

Volunteered as an Optometrist in a 10-days long FREE EYE CAMP jointly organized by Rotary Australia World Community Services Ltd and Community Development and Relief Agency (CDRA)-Nepal from 21st-31st October 2013. Eight optometrists came from Australia to take part in the camp

Participated in every fortnightly eye clinic at Sindhu Sadabahar Hospital, Khadichour, Sindupalchok and Bharosa Hospital and Research Center, Ratamata, Sindhuli as an optometrist from September 2010 and January 2013 respectively

Participated over 170 different community eye camps through Reiyukai EM Eye Hospital since 2010

Participated in One month Community Posting at Daman VDC, Makwanpur (4th July 2009 to 3rd August 2009)

            Attended various eye camps in collaboration with NGOs, INGOs while studying bachelors

            Satellite Clinic Visits: Ram Mandir Eye Center Bhaktapur (Every Monday during 2nd Year)

            Korean Friendship Hospital, Thimi (Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday in 2nd year)

 

Research

The relationship between patients reported symptoms and signs of ocular surface characteristics in contact lens wearers, a prospective cross-sectional hospital based study (undergoing) at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

Psychological improvement and quality of Life of unilateral anophthalmic patients after ocular prosthesis (undergoing)  at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology

Wearing aid as a remedy to headache. Hospital based prospective interventional study conducted over 20 weeks in the patients attending regular OPD of Reiyukai Eiko Masunga Eye hospital, Banepa.

Refractive and binocular status of the children having manifest comitant horizontal strabismus. Project work submitted to BP Koirala Lions Center for Ophthalmic Studies (BPKLCOS) and Maharajgunj Campus, Institute of Medicine in the year 2009. One year cross-sectional hospital based descriptive study conducted under supervision of Assoc. Prof. Ananda K Sharma, Teach. Ass. Gauri Shankar Shrestha and Instr. Prakash Adhikari at BPKLCOS

Agreement between autorefractometry and retinoscopy in different age group. One month (21st April 2009 to 17th May 2009) Hospital based Cross-sectional comparative study conducted under supervision of Dr. Lila R Puri, Ophthalmologist and Mr. Ajit K Thakur, Optometrist at Sagarmatha Choudhary Eye Hospital Lahan

Applied Community Optometry: Descriptive Field Report 2009

 

Scientific Publications

Retrospectivedata on causes of childhood vision impairment in Eritrea. Co-author. BMC Ophthalmology (2017)

Common Misconceptions and Malpractice in Eye care of Nepal. The Voice; annual portal of Fulchowki Nursing College, Banepa. 2012

Traditional Beliefs in the Eye Care of Nepal. Annual Optom J-The Sight. 2012

Strabismus and Stereopsis: Do they co-exist? Annual Bulletin of Golchha Eye Hospital and Foundation 2011           

Wearing aid as a remedy to headache. Annual Optom J-The Sight. 2010. Pp. 11-13

Ocular Malingering: Diagnosis and Management. Annual Optom J-The Sight. 2009

Solar Eclipse and Ocular Health Hazards. Annual Optom J- The Sight. 2008.

Refractive Errors in different eye Conditions. Annual Optom J- The Sight. 2007

 

Grants and Awards

Peter Ackland Scholarship to participate in the International Eye Health short course offered by International London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, July 2020

Travel Grant by Asia Pacific Council of Optometry, regional secretariat of World Council of Optometry to attend 20th Asia Pacific Optometry Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2015.

Newspapers Publication

Are we prepared? Opinion article. My Republica, March 4, 2020

Good Old Times. Opinion.The Himalayan Times, March 24, 2020.

Artificial Eye: Boon for those with No eye ball. Opinion. The Himalayan Times. March 5, 2020.

Digitally Disabled. Opinion. The Himalayan Times. Feb 7, 2020.

Effects of Solar Eclipse on eyes. Opinion. The Himalayan Times. Dec 25, 2019.

Eye Health and Misconceptions: Change is possible but slow (Jan 10, 2017), Opinion on THE HIMALAYAN TIMES (THT)

Eye of the beholder (March 25, 2016), Opinion on The Kathmandu Post (TKP)

A search for Clarity in the Valley, co-authorship with Maria Ontiveros. (Blog, July 3, 2016) on Setopati English, which was later adapted to Mission's website and The Physician Assistant's magazine.

Working abroad: contemporary mindset (August 24, 2016), Opinion on THT

The PM, his eyes and me (February 11, 2016), Topics on THT

A pani-puri crush (May 24, 2016), Topics on THT

Citizen of a fairytale country (April 12, 2016), Topics on THT

Do you do drugs? (May 1, 2017), Topics on THT

Co-management in health practice: Today’s need (11th August, 2016) on Swasthyakhabar

“Don’t your children see?” Kavre Times Weekly. Page 3 dated 16th Dec 2010, Tuesday       

“Red Eye? Don’t Bother” Kavre Times. Page 6 dated 1st June 2010, Tuesday

Darkness: The Perfectness. The Souvenir, Biennual FSU Magazine. 2008

Published over 150 blog articles as columnist in Saptahik, a weekly portal of Kantipur Media Group in Nepali language. Column name: Samaya Sandarbha.

 

Participations

First All Nepal Optometry Conference organized by Nepalese Association of Optometrists on 5-6th October 2018

EYEXCEL Nepal, excellence in eye care training. Lumbini Eye Institute, Bhairahawa. July 25-28, 2018.

Vision Building and Strategic Planning Workshop. LAICO, Madurai. May 26- June 1. 2017

20th Asia Pacific Optometric Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 9-11 October 2015

Hands-on workshop on RGP lenses organized by KU Teaching Hospital, Dhulikhel and convened by Michael Baartsii (Switzerland) on 5th April 2013

Symposium on “cataract and Oculoplasty” at Dhulikhel Hospital KUTH on 23rd April 2011

First International Cornea Congress, Kathmandu held on 9th -10th Dec 2010

ESO International Vision Science and Optometry Conference-EIVOC 2010; Chennai, India held on Aug 12-14, 2010

Workshop and Symposium on “Signature for Better Spectacles” conducted in ESO International Vision Science and optometry Conference-EIVOC 2010. Chennai, India

Workshop on ophthalmic lens design, manufacture and dispensing organized by Essilor India in Okhla, New Delhi, Jan 2010

 

Scientific Presentations

"Therapeutic contact lens in the management of corneal chemical burns in a resource-limited set up," oral paper on All Nepal Optometry Conference organized by Nepalese Association of Optometrists on 5-6th October 2018

"Ocular morbidity and refractive errors in the prisoners of a district penitentiary of Nepal" in 20th Asia Pacific Optometric Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 9-11 October 2015

“Profile of children having horizontal comitant strabismus” in the ESO International Vision Science and optometry Conference-EIVOC 2010, Chennai, India

“Vitamin A deficiency” in the scientific program organized by BP Koirala Lions Center for Ophthalmic Studies on its 13th Anniversary Day Celebration on 9th September 2009.

 

Creative Works

The Editor, 8 consecutive issues of the Newsletter of Reiyukai Eiko Masunaga Eye Hospital 2013- till date

The Editor, an eye health awareness booklet "Dristi" in 2014

The Chief Editor, The Sight. Annual Optom J. 2009

The Assistant Chief Editor, The Souvenir: Biennual Magazine of Free Students Union, Maharajgunj Campus. 2008

The Assistant Chief Editor. The Sight. Annual Optom J. 2008

The Chief Editor. Dristi Magazine, a monthly Optometric Magazine. 2007-2009.

The Editor. The Sight. Annual Optom J. 2007

 

Post/Position/Responsibilities

The founding secretary of Better Vision Foundation, Nepal. 2018 - till date.

The founding member: “Youth for Development” non-profit, social organization October 2010 till date

The member: Community Awareness Forum, Nepal (CAF-Nepal), non-profit non-governmental organization, from July 2012.

The Secretary: Nepal Optometry Students Society, 7th EB. 2007-2008

The coordinator: Event-“Quiz” organized on the occasion of 13th Anniversary of BP Koirala Lions Center for Ophthalmic Studies held in September 2009.

The Organizer: “Eye health education and vision testing training” as a first phase of “Little Optometrists Program in Nepal” in 2007

 

Languages

            Professional English writing and Fluent English Speaking

Expert Nepali and Conversational Hindi

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