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IVI organizes national workshops to develop research in Optometry & Public Eye Health

To train Indian eye care professionals on research in Optometry and Public Eye Health in India, the India Vision Institute (IVI) is conducting two national workshops: EyeTeach Research Methodology and Public Eye Health from 29-31 July, 2013 at Amity University, Manesar. 

The workshops are led by internationally recognized public health leader, Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO, African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) Durban and Dr Jyoti Jaggernath, Research Manager, AVRI along with Dr Praveen Vashist, Head of Community Ophthalmology Department, AIIMS. 

“Workshops such as these are an essential component of IVI's effort in improving the research knowledge of optometry professionals and in the process develop both a strong educational environment as well as a vibrant vision industry for India”, said IVI CEO, Mr Vinod Daniel. He added “India currently has only 1% share of the global vision industry worth 200 billion dollars and the Indian environment is just right for making a tenfold increase.” 

Appreciating IVI’s initiative, Professor Naidoo, said “Research is vital for development of any specialized field and workshops such as these would provide optometry professionals with a fresh perspective towards research and motivate them further.” 

Over 30 optometry educators, practitioners and researchers from 25 optometry organizations across India will gain insight into the role of research in optometry and the solutions to combat causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment, particularly focusing on uncorrected refractive error. 

The Public Eye Health workshop will train participants to assess community needs for vision care services, determine health factors contributing to treatment and prevention of visual system anomalies, develop quality assurance systems, and provide leadership in health-related agencies. The two workshops are supported by international NGO, Optometry Giving Sight. 

Professor Monica Chaudhry, Head of Department of Optometry, Amity Medical School, Amity University said “Amity Medical School is pleased to partner with IVI in developing optometry research in India and we are encouraged by the overwhelming response to the two workshops.” 

India Vision Institute, a joint initiative of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, and the LV Prasad Eye Institute, India, supports research, education and technological development in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention.