To commemorate World Optometry Day, India Vision Institute (IVI) launched a two-day vision screening program for the inmates of Puzhal Prison in Chennai during 23-24 March, in association with Krupa Foundation. A presentation was also made on the importance of eye care and the most common eye problems.
Observed on 23 March every year, World Optometry Day celebrates the role played by Optometrists as the first line of defense in eye care. It is also an occasion to showcase Optometry as a specialized profession making significant contribution towards eye care.
“On the occasion of the World Optometry Day, IVI reiterates its commitment to advance optometry education and practice in India through its wide-ranging initiatives” IVI CEO, Vinod Daniel said. “Through this Vision screening program, IVI is pleased to meet the eye care needs of the inmates in Puzhal Prison”, he added.
Nearly 10 crore people are blind and visually impaired in India, among which as per WHO estimates with a majority being blind or visually impaired due to refractive error. ‘Avoidable’ blindness over the past few decades has not only been identified as a major public health issue, but also a cause of concern for the loss of social and economic productivity both in the developed and the developing nations. Optometrists along with other eye care professionals have contributed significantly towards addressing this issue.
According to the World Council of Optometry, Optometrists are the primary healthcare practitioners of the eye and visual system who provide comprehensive eye and vision care, which includes refraction and dispensing, detection/diagnosis and management of disease in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.
Established in October 2011, IVI acts as a catalyst to help India achieve socially responsible, high quality vision care and an industry that can support: excellent eye care available to all; state of the art Indian optometry; excellent eye care education; international leadership in cutting-edge vision care research and development; and viable Indian vision and optical industry, playing a substantial part in global eye care. IVI is an initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney.