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IVI, 2.5 NVG help build capacity for government ophthalmic officers in Bangalore

A three-day workshop for government vision care providers opened in Bangalore today. It will help enhance their technical knowledge and skills.


A joint collaboration between India Vision Institute (IVI) and 2.5 New Vision Generation (NVG), a division of Essilor India Pvt Ltd., the workshop, which has 60 state government ophthalmic officers participating, will focus on refraction, dispensing, soft skills and entrepreneurship development.


IVI CEO Vinod Daniel said, “training and capacity building programs are an important plank of IVI’s strategy to maximise vision screening outreach and raise standards of Indian Optometry.”


“IVI works in partnership with stakeholders in a range of activities to raise awareness about avoidable blindness, reach out to underprivileged communities, organise and conduct training of optometrists, and provide access to spectacles to the needy,” he noted.


“The Bangalore workshop is the fourteenth in the series of training programs conceptualized and implemented by IVI following an agreement with NVG to hold capacity building workshops for ophthalmic officers with a focus on Tier II and III cities. The most recent workshop was conducted at Dharamshala in June this year,” Mr Daniel added.


Milind Jadhav, Head, 2.5 NVG India, said “these workshops are helping towards Essilor’s shared goal to eradicate poor vision in one generation. We are particularly pleased to be able to work in collaboration with IVI. 4.6 billion People in the world have visual defects, and 2.5 billion still do not have the vision correction they need. In line with Essilor’s core mission of improving lives by improving sight and its firm belief that good vision should be a development priority to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we are willing to partner with all stakeholders. National Ophthalmic Assistants Association is an important partner for us.”


Similar workshops have earlier been held at Rohtak, Trichy, Aurangabad, Patna, Ludhiana, Rajahmundry, Tumkur, Ranchi, Nanded, Raipur, Siliguri, and Jaipur. So far 455 Ophthalmic Officers have been jointly trained by IVI and 2.5 NVG, since 2013.


About India Vision Institute (IVI)

India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2012. 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. ( )


About 2.5 New Vision Generation (2.5 NVG)

Essilor launched its inclusive business arm, “2.5 New Vision Generation” (“2.5 NVG”) in 2013 to pioneer inclusive business models in emerging countries with the aim of developing sustainable vision care platforms in regions where people do not have access to conventional distribution channels. It is currently working in India and many other developing/underdeveloped countries across the globe with a mission of eradicating poor vision in one generation. 


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