India Vision Institute distributed free spectacles to 403 underprivileged children at Santhome Higher Secondary School, Chennai, following a vision screening program which screened 2673 children as part of CooperVision’s One Bright Vision Child Eye Health Program through Optometry Giving Sight (OGS). 24 children who were diagnosed with other ocular ailments were given referral letters for further examinations. Brother A Stanislaus, Principal & Correspondent, Santhome Higher Secondary School; Brother Louis Joseph, Director, MCDS (Montfort Community Development Society); Brother Matthew Alexander, Project Director, MCDS; Father Patrick Joseph, Director, Madras Social Service Society and Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of IVI participated in the event and distributed spectacles.
“A child’s academic performance is dependent on good vision. A good education provides children from disadvantaged communities with a better future. I am glad that IVI could assist Santhome Higher Secondary School which provides subsidized education, especially to children from the local fishing community ”, said Mr Vinod Daniel.
Brother A Stanislaus said, “I am very grateful that 403 Santhome school children were provided with free glasses following the vision screening camp.”
The Eye See & I Learn campaign of IVI is part of the global ‘Our Children’s Vision’ campaign. IVI leads this campaign in India. 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 2012, 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.
Image 1: A spectacle is being handed over to the student