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Better Vision for Disadvantaged School Children in Thoothukudi

India Vision Institute (IVI) distributed free spectacles to students from several schools at the venue of St Lucia RC Middle School, Seydunganallur on 20 April 2016. This distribution follows a vision screening program IVI conducted which screened 846 students from multiple schools and orphanages on March 22 and 23, 2016. The schools covered by the screening program included St Lucia RC Middle School, RC Primary School, Hindu Primary School and TNTDA Primary School, Seydunganallur. 

80 % of a child’s learning is visual. Therefore, proper vision is critical when it comes to academic performance. In the last 12 months through its Eye See & I Learn campaign, IVI has screened more than 21,009 children for refractive errors that cause vision impairment and distributed 1,359 spectacles, to enable these children to get a good education and improve their quality of life. Over the course of the coming year, IVI plans to screen the vision of more than 100,000 children.

Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of IVI said, “Clear vision is absolutely necessary for a good education. IVI is glad to play a role in helping ensure a brighter future for these children, and we look forward to helping more children in the future, through our Eye See & I Learn campaign. IVI also carries out vision screening programs for adults through its Eye See & I Work campaign and will soon conduct screenings for the underprivileged communities of beedi-rolling workers and firecracker makers in and around Tirunelveli and Sivakasi, respectively.” 

IVI acknowledges the support of Dr Agarwal's Eye Hospital in conducting the vision screening programs for the school children. IVI also thanks Dr S Samuel Asir Raj, Professor, Department of Sociology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, for his help in facilitating the programs. IVI is grateful to the Australian Consulate General in Chennai for its support of the vision screening programs and spectacle distributions conducted by IVI. 

Eye See & I Learn campaign of IVI is part of the global ‘Our Children’s Vision’ campaign. IVI is leading the Indian offshoot of this campaign. It aims to screen the vision of ten million children in partnership with several eye hospitals over the period 2016-2020. 

India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2011, an initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. It is focused on supporting and promoting eye health awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian optometry to advance capacity in vision correction, and prevention of eye disease and blindness. 

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