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Optometry Giving Sight and IVI's partnership in 2017

Optometry Giving Sight is pleased to support the India Vision Institute in helping to fund their many effective programs in 2017.


Campaign to vision screen 4500 underprivileged children in Mumbai.

Seventy-one children from Navi Mumbai received free spectacles on 8 November following vision screenings organized by IVI in partnership with the Laxmi Charitable Trust, Panvel, Navi Mumbai for 1,185 children from the National Urdu School. The distribution at the National Urdu School, Taloja, Navi Mumbai, was part of the 4,500 screenings being undertaken by IVI in Mumbai and its suburbs, as a part of its ‘Eye See & I Learn’ campaign.
The initiative was supported by CooperVision through its ‘One Bright Vision - Child Eye Health’ program in association with Optometry Giving Sight. The spectacles were distributed in the presence of Arnab Sarkar, Director, CooperVision India. Also present was Isil Ulug, CooperVision Marketing Manager, Africa and Central Eurasia and Vinod Daniel, CEO, India Vision Institute.

The CooperVision-IVI joint initiative, supported by Optometry Giving Sight, launched in September 2017 aims to screen over 22,000 children across India, including Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi and provide free spectacles as needed.


Short Term Fellowship for Optometrists in Diabetic Retinipathy

The third round of ‘Short Term Fellowship for Optometrists in Diabetic Retinopathy’ at the L V Prasad Eye Institute concluded on 11 December. 

Manoj Kumar, Jahir Burhan and Ramesh Bojja completed the program over MayDecember 2017, with the fellowship spanning seven months. The fellows were actively involved in clinical training to plan, manage and evaluate a comprehensive diabetes eye care model. Dr Padmaja Kumari Rani MS, FNB (Retina), VitreoRetina Consultant, LVPEI, Hyderabad and Dr Shrikant R. Bharadwaj, PhD, Director, Brien Holden Institute of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Scientist, Prof Brien Holden Eye Research Centre distributed fellowship completion certificates.

With three segments – observation, clinical training and community screening - the fellowship aims to equip the trainees with required skill sets in screening and management of Diabetic Retinopathy. A total of eight fellows will be trained under the program.


IVI Young Leaders Program: Fifth Batch - Workshop 2

The second workshop for the fifth batch (2017-18) of the Young Leaders Program (YLP) was conducted at Chennai on 16 and 17 December.

A panel of distinguished resource persons spoke at the workshop on a range of subjects, including Self-motivation, Using technology in fulfilling health and eye care demands through telemedicine, Enthusiastic interaction on Leadership, Effective communication skills and expertise in writing, Developments in Indian media, Private practice in Optometry, Planning and Coordinating large projects etc. YLP Alumni Ms Anitha Aravind recounted her YLP journey at the workshop.

Speakers included Vivek Mendonsa, Marketing Director, Lawrence & Mayo; Prem Anand, Vice-President, Program Development, Apollo Tele Health Services; Dr Santhosh Babu, IAS; Ravi Srinivasan, Editor, The Hindu Business Line; Rekhi P S, Proprietor, Spectrum eye care and Shekhar Nambiar, Communications & Public Affairs Consultant, IVI.
The batch constitutes 11 young professionals who will acquire leadership skills through first-hand experience by conceptualizing and leading select projects and numerous interactions with well-known personalities from different walks of life.


Workshop on Diabetic Retinopathy for Optometrists

IVI, in collaboration with the LV Prasad Eye Institute, organized a day’s comprehensive workshop on Diabetic Retinopathy for Optometrists at the School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal on 18 December. 
The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Padmaja Kumari Rani, Vitreo-Retina Consultant, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Jahir Burhan, Consultant Optometrist, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.
The workshop focused on concepts of Diabetic Retinopathy, latest optometric investigations and management options in Diabetic Retinopathy. 

Over 105 Optometry practitioners, educators and students from various Optometry Institutes and eye hospitals of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu attended the workshop.

The program was awarded 5 credit points by the Optometry Council of India.


Eye See & Learn (Nov - Dec 2017)

As a part of the ‘Eye See & I Learn’ initiative, IVI screened the vision of 9,021 underprivileged children from government, government aided and corporation schools and diagnosed 1,610 children with refractive errors; 939 children received free spectacles and another 671 will receive spectacles shortly.

IVI screened 3,152 underprivileged children from corporation schools in Oragadam, Cooks Road, Palavoyal, Agaram, Bunder Garden and Venus market in Perambur, Chennai and distributed 1,034 free spectacles to those diagnosed with refractive errors. 

IVI screened 1,523 underprivileged children from Zilla Praja Parishad School and Mandal Praja Parishad School in Hyderabad and distributed 96 free spectacles.

IVI screened 5,418 children for refractive errors and for other eye conditions in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In all, 289 children diagnosed with refractive errors received free spectacles. IVI partnered with Laxmi Charitable Trust, Panvel in organizing these vision screening programs.

IVI screened the vision of 1,344 underprivileged children from government, government aided and corporation schools in Ayanavaram, Karappakam and Tondiarpet. As many as 152 children diagnosed with refractive errors will receive free spectacles.