India Vision Institute (IVI); an Australia India initiative to address the needs of over 100 million Indian's who are unable to be productive due to un-corrected refractive error, was launched in Hyderabad on the 18th of October 2011 by Honourable Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India Dr Daggubati Purandeswari and the Australian Consul-General for South India Mr. David Holly.
Vinod Daniel, CEO and managing trustee of IVI said "IVI will develop capacity within the optometry sector in India to address the needs of un-corrected refractive error, which would save India billions of dollars of loss productivity.
IVI will be keen to work with all major eye care providers in India in working towards its goal and will be keen to establish strong industry partnerships to support this important public health need of India".
He further added "The India Vision Institute, being co-chaired by two eminent visionaries in the blindness prevention arena; The CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute Prof Brien Holden and the Chairman of L V Prasad Eye Institute Dr G.N. Rao and their deep passion to make a difference, would contribute in a large way to India's stance in the world health platform in the coming years"
"It is fitting that, the launch of India Vision Institute marks the 25 year India-Australia partnership between LV Prasad Eye Institute and Brien Holden Vision Institute" said Australian Consul-General for South India Mr David Holly.
He also added "IVI's focus on the development of a vibrant Indian optometry and ophthalmology industry will ensure that the gift of sight can continue to be given."