LAMP LIGHTING CEREMONY BY PARENTS OF LOW VISION PATIENTS
Community service is a fundamental part of the Sitapur Eye Hospital’s (SEH) educational philosophy including at its School of Optometry which is located within the campus, in the town of the same name, about 90 km from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
The SEH and its educational wing work to benefit all members of the community and simultaneously upgrade the skills of its students through qualitative strategies and advocacy programmes. As part of these objectives, training workshops, eye camps, and promotional events are held on a regular basis.
The most recent was a Low Vision Awareness drive for the public, and workshops for students of optometry, held during the end of February 2021.
LOW VISION PRESENTATION BY FACULTY
The low vision workshop focused on hands-on practice and the criteria for referrals. It also had 91 external students as participants.
The programme, conducted by paramedical head Unnati Vaish and Preeti Singh, included direct interviews with the optometry students to ascertain their levels of knowledge, and the facilities they had exposure to in their respective institutes.
The feedback indicated that the talks were relevant and easy to understand, and the workshops were overall interesting, well-structured and interactive, and contributed to their knowledge on the subject.
In the survey segment, it was found that 40.5 per cent of the participants were from institutes with multispecialty eye clinics, 39.3 per cent were from eye hospitals, but 16.7 per cent were from colleges with no hospital set-up. Only 54.1 per cent had internships as part of their curriculum. Of the 85 responses regarding the number of devices they had in their demonstration lab, 44.7 per cent had less than 10, 18.8 per cent had between 11 and 20, only 10.6 per cent had more than 30, and 23.5 per cent had no demonstration lab.
LOW VISION PRESENTATION BY FACULTY
MISC ACTIVITIES – CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION, BEST PARENT AWARD & MUSICAL CHAIR WINNER
Regarding exposure to and hands-on practice with low vision devices 37.2 per cent had none, 23.3 per cent did have practice on both fellow students and patients, 24.4 per cent with fellow students, and 15.1 per cent with patients.
Free check-ups were offered to low vision patients who were needy. The programme concluded with the bestowing of awards for the best parent and best patient, and games for the low vision patients.
The games were designed to encourage both the students and the patients to make physical activities a part of their daily routine for significant health benefits, including improving their motor skills.
The students enjoyed playing musical chairs while all the children present were invited to a balloon game, with prizes for the winners based on the low vision theme. The response to the workshops was very positive and showed the importance of holding continuing education programmes on a regular basis. SEH looks forward to organising short-term fellowships and comprehensive internships for students, in particular for those from institutes with comparatively limited facilities.
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