A WEEK OF EVENTS AT SCEH
The mission of the World Council of Optometry (WCO) is to facilitate the development of optometry around the world and support optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach.
World Optometry Day (WOD), observed all over the globe on 23 March, highlights optometry as a health care profession and its contribution in supporting access to eye health care as a human right. This year, the WCO celebrated World Optometry Week from 19 to 25 March and WOD with the theme “Expanding Optometry’s Role… The Time is Now!”
Organisations and institutes across India present a variety of activities that reach the public to increase awareness about the profession and the critical role of optometrists in tackling uncorrected refractive error.
A week of events at SCEH
It was a packed eight days at Dr Shroff’s Charity eye Hospital, Delhi, from 19 March. A 4-km awareness run was the first event which saw the participation of 150 optometrists and ophthalmologists. Model, poster, quiz competitions and some sports activities were other highlights. The week concluded with a continuing medical education programme with the theme ‘Innovations in Optometry’. Optopack was well attended with 82 external participants.
The speakers included Prof Nagaraju Konda, Prof Pawan Verkicherla, Padmashree Vipin Buckshey, Scientist Sanjay Mishra, in-house faculty and research scientists.
Vision Science Academy webinar
On 23 March, Vision Science Academy (VSA), an online training and mentorship service, presented a webinar, the 50th in its ViSThON webinar series. Its keynote speaker Prem Kumar Singh, senior manager patient experience and in-charge paediatric optometry at Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital spoke on “Binocular Vision Dysfunctions & Myopia Progression”. Shankar Raman from HOYA shared valuable insights on the company’s corporate progress and their impact in the eye-care industry.
The event brought together participants from 19 countries. It was moderated by VSA’s Somayeh Heidarzadeh (senior training manager) and Sucheta Mitra (education engagement manager). Saurabh Suman of Galgotias University won the Innovative Idea Award; the runners-up were Deepak Kumar and Sunidhi Kumari.
Australian cricket team donates T-shirts to IVI’s campaign
AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM DONATES T-SHIRTS TO IVI’S CAMPAIGN
India Vision Institute (IVI) received a gift of two T-shirts from the Australian cricket team who were on tour in India, signed by all the players, on WOD.
This was a great donation which IVI will be auctioning. The proceeds will go to fund a vision screening campaign and provide a pair of corrective glasses to the underprivileged in the Greater Chennai area, said IVI’s CEO Vinod Daniel. “The gift is in recognition of the work by our committed and dedicated optometrists. IVI’s vision screenings have benefited 900,000 underprivileged people in 22 states of India.”
Optography’s talks via hybrid mode
Online educational resource optography.org covers a wide range of technical and scientific content, including blogs on various subjects. Conceptualised for optometrists and students to share and learn, the friendly eye-care hub has been designed to raise eye-care awareness, and help students, readers and ECPs.
Optography’s theme this year was “Vision Ambassador”, emphasising the optometrist as the ambassador of eye sight and eye health. Veteran optometrist Prof Gobinda Chandra Mondal, the founder and advisor at Optography, delivered the welcome message. The convenor/CEO Md. Zakaria Midya said, “Optography is always open to all the passionate and dedicated optometrists as well as future optometrists. Here we’re connecting the dots to redefine optometrists.”
This year they celebrated WOD in a hybrid mode: a physical meeting with its members on 12 March and an international webinar on 21 March. Dr Kamal Pant, associate professor, UPUMS Saifai, Etawah, spoke on the NCAHP (National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professional) Act 2021: Its journey so far.
Ghulam Muhammad, a clinical optometrist from Pakistan, delineated sports and vision.
Myopia control was the topic discussed by Arnab Banerjee from NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata. John Kwesi Assan, an optometrist and vision scientist from Ghana addressed ‘Visual Field Testing in 2023: Maximizing Accuracy in Glaucoma Diagnosis and Monitoring’.
ALOKA VISION’S EYE CAMPS
Aloka Vision’s eye camps
Aloka Vision Programme, an initiative by Zeiss, organised comprehensive eye examination camps for the elderly in two old age homes, Janasnehi and Mathruchaya, in Bangalore. The initiative was an extension of the GOOD study project in collaboration with the Optometry Council of India.
Of the 195 residents who were screened it was found that 61 patients needed prescription eyewear and they were provided free spectacles. The 47 who required further evaluation were referred to higher centres.
Lapel pins, eye camps and more at Lotus College and Eye Hospital
The faculty of the Lotus College of Optometry in Mumbai had designed a beautiful customised lapel pin that read “Proud Optometrist”. Its students and faculty wore them with a sense of pride throughout the week of celebrations. It began with student activities on 23 March and concluded with eye camps a week later.
Patients who were being examined in the outpatient department of Lotus Eye Hospital received customised stickers. They were requested to wear them as they stated that they had been examined by optometrists — a novel way to build public awareness about the profession.
Keyur Shah, a college alumnus and now a PhD scholar at the University of Alabama who was in India from the US, gave a talk on higher education opportunities in optometry.
Several eye camps were organised over four days with support from the ICU2 Foundation for the residents of Malad, an underprivileged locality. Over 1200 children and 900 adults were screened, 600 pairs of spectacles were dispensed and 121 were referred for comprehensive eye examinations at Lotus Eye Hospital. A special camp for the fishing community of Versova village was also organized on 27 March.
VISION SCIENCE ACADEMY WEBINAR
The students participated in a national reel-making competition organised by ASCO-India for optometry awareness as well as a National Virtual Optometry Quiz called iSight by the Elite School of Optometry’s alumni association. Lotus College’s two teams were among the first and second runners-up among 70 teams from across the country. On campus, a treasure hunt added to the fun. The week culminated with the distribution of prizes and awards.
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