1. SUJAY DANGI RECEIVING THE AWARD FOR BEST CORPORATE EXCELLENCE
2. PREM SINGH HONOURED WITH BEST OPTOMETRIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
3. ANIL TYAGI PRESENTING AN AWARD TO VIPIN BUCKSHEY
4. DR RAJESH HANS GIVING OPTOM YOGITA AN AWARD FOR BEST PUBLIC
The Delhi Optometrists Association (DOA) is a representative body comprising of both professionals and students. Its activities include seminars, workshops, continuing education programmes, conferences, and participating in WCO and APCO educational programmes. It works at strengthening its relationships with government authorities, international and national bodies.
The DOA’s 12th National Optometry Conference was held in the capital’s India International Centre on 29 and 30 October 2022. More than 265 delegates from across the country had the opportunity to hear talks, addressed both in person and virtually (four speakers), by more than 30 eminent professionals from 20 institutions, including from 11 other countries.
The National Importance of Optometry Services for the Prevention of Blindness in India was the theme around which talks, seven workshops (including on myopia management, biometry, ocular prosthetics) and along with 16 paper presentations were organised. There was also an awards function, corporate sessions, sponsor stalls exhibition, a national quiz and many cultural activities. The event included insightful discussions on the NCAHP (National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions) Act 2021.
Recitation of the Sarasawati Vandana by students from BVP-Sangli set the right tone for the event. A welcome speech was delivered by Ms Vibha Kumari. The lighting of the lamp ceremony and welcome address was done by, among others on the dais, chief guest Dr Rajesh Hans – Assistant Director General of Health services (NPCB&VI) Government of India, Dr Manav Deep Singh – HOD ophthalmology, Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi, Anil Tyagi – president of DOA, and the organising team of chairman Prof Ajit Limye, secretary Prem Singh, national scientific chairman Yogita L Rajgandhi, and corporate chairman Dr Sujay Dangi; and Padma Shri Vipin Buckshey.
The conference was inaugurated by Prof (Dr) V Rajashekhar (asst. commissioner and consultant ophthalmologist), Safdarjung Hospital, who heads the National Program for Prevention of Blindness. All those present joined in the singing of the national anthem. Messages on the occasion included one from Mr Om Birla, the Honourable Speaker of the Lok Sabha, and from government officials.
The first keynote address by Prof Peter Handicott (Australia), president of the World Council of Optometry, on optometrists role in reducing avoidable blindness and visual impairment was followed by the second keynote speaker, Prof Kovin Naidoo, from South Africa, on ‘A partnership approach in addressing visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive error’.
Dr Mark Eltis from Waterloo University, Canada discussed on Modern Glaucoma Screening and Management. Dr Tracy Matchinski from the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, delineated Low Vision Rehabilitation in Paediatrics, in the virtual mode. Dr Aparajita Manoranjan from Nepal spoke on the Role of Optometrists in Avoidable Blindness and shared her experiences.
Speakers at the panel discussion on the NCAHP Bill – Optometry vs. Ophthalmic Science – included Monica Chaudhary, Dr Anitha Arvind and Prem Kumar Singh.
After the introduction of each panellist by Yogita Rajgandhi, she asked questions like what is a better discipline — optometry or ophthalmic science, change in nomenclature before it’s too late if in the central government schedule, ophthalmic assistant upgradation of their education to graduation in optometry. Each panellist shared their strong views and opinions with all the delegates, students, and speakers.
DOA BOARD MEMBERS AND SCIENTIFC COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The session was well appreciated by all. The corporates sessions were delivered by representatives from Hoya, Sun Pharma and Vision Science Academy.
Dr Anguyo Dralega, Jenifer Viñola and Cathy Stern spoke on the theme’s subject with reference to Uganda and the Philippines. Care amidst the pandemic and evaluation of children with special needs respectively were also discussed. Dr Tuwani Rasengane and Dr Billy Chang addressed the importance of paediatric optometric care in reducing the visual impairment and dry eye diagnosis and management, respectively.
The free papers were presented by researchers and workshops were organised on dispensing optics by Damanjyot Singh and ortho K lens /scleral lenses by Gagan Sahani. The specialities workshop was on myopia management, biometry, and ocular prosthetics.
There were parallel workshops, including from Essilor, and Hoya as sponsor slots, with free papers presented along with separate workshops on binocular vision/vision therapy and low vision which were led by 14 workshop faculties.
The chief guest Dr Rajesh Hans conferred the 2021-22 awards during a function. The awardees were Yogita Rajgandhi for Best Public Health Excellence – Optometry, Dr Sujay Dangi for Best Corporate Excellence, and Prem Singh for Best Optometrist for the year.
The many awards were for various specialisation subjects and best oral paper in comprehensive, glaucoma and myopia management and binocular vision, best cultural activity winner, first and second runner-up, and for the quiz winners and first and second runners-up. Each guest speaker, workshop faculties, DOA board members, 12 NOC organizing team were felicitated by appreciation mementos, and the 18 volunteers too received appreciation certificates for their contribution and support. The volunteers were from RIPANS, MGM, Jamia Hamdard and Shroff Eye Centre.
The much-awaited national quiz was conducted by senior optometrist Damanjyot Singh who has an art for conducting quizzes. Students from seven colleges participated in the preliminary round from which four qualified for the finals. The colleges who reached the final round were Shroff Eye Centre – New Delhi, MGM School of Biomedical Science – Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad University, and Jamia Hamdard University. MGM emerged the winners.
The cultural activities included group, solo and retro dances, and solo songs. Poems and shayari on optometry was the most exciting part. All the attendees, DOA board members, organising committee members, eminent speakers, guest faculties thoroughly enjoyed the gala dinner and took photos, individual and in groups as well.
The conference was sponsored by Hoya Lens India, Essilor, Appasamy Associates, Purecon, Vision Science Academy, Vision Saviour Foundation, Rumex, Milmet – a division of Sun Pharma, Silver Line Laboratories, NeoMedix Healthcare, Kidtro, Onefit Med, Matronix, Paractify IT, Color Creation, and QValfor.
The eventful two days finally concluded with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Yogita Rajgandhi. She deeply appreciated the team work by the enthusiastic scientific committee members in executing the scientific program which was a culmination of three months of hard work put in by all of them. She also thanked all the keynote and guest speakers, the workshop faculties, corporate sponsors and valued the support and cooperation received from the IIC team, photographer, food vendor, event management, IT team, DOA board members, and volunteers in making the programme a great success. She shared that DOA will be organising the conference again next year, the dates of which will be shared soon.
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