The founder and Chairman of the Hyderabad-based, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Rao has been recognised for the eye care delivery model which he created with the Institute and his contributions to prevention of blindness globally.
The award was presented to Rao at the Academy’s annual meeting in New Orleans, US on November 19, a press release from the Institute said.
LVPEI’s model of Eye care, represented by a pyramid, emphasizes the creation of sustainable permanent facilities within communities, staffed and managed by locally trained human resource, and linked effectively with successively higher levels of care.
Rao was also the recipient of "International Prevention of Blindness Award" of the Academy earlier. He established the Institute in 1986-87 as a not-for-profit, non-government one.