The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, HE Bandaru Dattatreya, today launched a major vision
screening campaign in Shimla that will benefit over 10,000 children in the district.
An initiative of India Vision Institute (IVI) and Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), around 1,000
children are expected to be provided free spectacles following screenings.
At the launch ceremony organised by IVI at the Government Girls Sr. Sec. School, Portmore,
Shimla, 1,381 children were screened and 79 free spectacles were distributed to those
found to have refractive errors, in the presence of the Governor.
“On this Children’s Day, I am happy to launch a worthwhile campaign for the benefit of our
children. I congratulate IVI for this initiative that will not only benefit children in their school
and daily activities, but also to eventually build a future for themselves,” said Governor
IVI CEO Vinod Daniel said, “I thank the Hon’ble Governor for launching the vision screening
initiative in Himachal Pradesh. We hope the campaign will go way a long way towards
ameliorating the difficulties faced by children, particularly in their classrooms. With
spectacles, their vision will improve considerably, and help them in school and in their other
“We are happy to associate with IVI in the campaign for children in Shimla district. EVF
works with IVI in remote parts of India as we continue the fight for Eradication of Poor
Vision through provision of access to screenings and spectacles to the needy,” said Mahesh
K.V, Head, EVF.
Those present at the launch included Mohit Chawla, ADC (Police) to Governor of Himachal
Pradesh, Mahesh K.V, Essilor Vision Foundation, Narender Kumar Sood, Principal, Govt. Girls
Sr. Sec. School, Portmore, and a volunteering team from Saksham Himachal.
Till date, IVI has organised 670 vision screening programs in and around Chennai and other
cities in Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra,
Mizoram, New Delhi, Odisha, Pondicherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West
Bengal Over 2, 62, 895 individuals from the underprivileged communities (including over
2,00, 726 children) were screened and free spectacles were distributed to 42, 816
individuals (including 21, 962 children).
IVI has conducted 195 capacity building workshops, 72 seminars, 53 research grants, 17
travel grants and two higher education scholarships benefitting over, 6,534 optometry
professionals including practitioners, educators and students. IVI collaborated with over 45
institutes through its programs and has covered 20 states and three union territories.
About India Vision Institute (IVI)
India Vision Institute is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust (with section 12A,
80G and FCRA of IT Act clearance) established in India in 2012. Initiated to advance
Optometry, through our extensive activities and programs, including vision screenings
across India’s far corners, we have made a mark with many achievements. Our approach to
advance Indian Optometry has been through awareness generation, capacity building,
leadership development, and promoting the research culture. For prevention of avoidable
blindness, IVI has worked through timely intervention in providing access to vision
screenings and provision of free spectacles in disadvantaged communities and remote
areas. Our Eye See &amp; I Learn and Eye See &amp; I Work campaigns reach out to these
key constituencies where services are lacking and most required – notably children and
adults. ( www.indiavisioninstitute.org )
About Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF)
Essilor’s Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eradication of poor vision and its lifelong
consequences, and to providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life
through better sight.
For queries, contact Shekhar Nambiar, +919810154167