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BHVI Academy EyeTeach©: From Clinician to Educator workshops

IVI workshops to upgrade Optometry Educators: 

To upgrade optometry education through training of optometry educators, IVI organized two two-day intensive Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy EyeTeach©: from Clinician to Educator workshops in Coimbatore (25-26 June) and Pune (28-29 June). 

Organised under the aegis of the IVI Academy for Eyecare Educators, adopting the ‘train-the trainer’ model, EyeTeach workshops have trained over 120 optometry educators in India since its inception in 2012. While the sheer magnitude of ‘avoidable’ blindness in India requires engaging thousands of trained optometrists, there remains a huge gap in demand and supply of optometrists. 

“Through the Academy, IVI plays a catalytic role in developing a pool of trained optometry educators to further train optometrists and thereby ensuring efficient eye care delivery in India. I strongly believe that continuing education and training of educators provide a strong base in advancing optometry in India”, Vinod Daniel, IVI CEO, said on the eve of the workshops. 

The workshops are designed to provide comprehensive faculty development, comprising best practice in teaching and learning. Over 30 optometry educators from a number of optometry institutes including Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Vasan Eyecare hospital, Rayhan College of Optometry, Vinayaka Mission, Al Salama College of Optometry, Laxmi College of Optometry, D.Y. Patil Institute of Optometry, AJ Institute of Allied Health Sciences, Shri Bhartimaiya College of Optometry, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Harijyot College of Optometry, Bharati Vidyapeeth and MES College of optometry, participated in the workshop. 

The workshops were facilitated by Ms Helen Dalton, Education Consultant and Ms Stephanie Looi, Global Service Development Manager, both from Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. Helen is an expert in new and advanced teaching skills, while Stephanie has experience in the many facets of optometry including private practice, corporate optometry, practice ownership, teaching and project management. 


Collaboration and Support: 
India Vision Institute, a joint initiative of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, India and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, supports research, education and technological development in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention. IVI acknowledges the support of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and Optometry Giving Sight in funding the program. 

About India Vision Institute: 
It is an exciting time for Optometry in India; India Vision Institute (IVI) is delighted to be part of this eye care revolution. IVI envisions making a socially and economically important contribution to superior vision correction and eye disease management for India. IVI aims to support research, education, awareness and technological development, which will take India to a world platform in healthcare, vision correction and eye disease management and blindness prevention. Over the next decade, IVI will create a strong global foothold for the Indian Vision Industry and assist in the development of the necessary human resources that will enable every Indian to gain access to correct diagnosis and management for uncorrected refractive errors. 

For Media Enquiries please contact: 
Dinesh C Fernandes 
Program Officer | India Vision Institute 
737, Road # 37, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033, AP, India 
Tel. No. +91 - 40 - 23548269