World Sight Day, Initiative by OCI

Thursday, October 8, 2015

World Sight Day Initiative.

The Optometry Council of India (OCI) took upon itself to increase the awareness among general public about the importance of eye examination. The theme as per World health Organization (WHO) and International Agency for Preventable Blindness (IAPB) for the World Sight Day was “Eye Health for all”. 

The World Sight Day traditionally is celebrated on October 8th of every year. 

Since the theme was eye health for all, OCI, decided to target children and arrange for school eye screening programs around India. OCI, partnered with optometry schools and Essilor Vision Foundation 

India in this initiative.  To increase the awareness banners were printed and distributed to interested OCI members. 

In addition to distributing banners to OCI members ( eye care practitioners), OCI also partnered with 11 optometry schools. Each school was to adopt a primary school or a school from 1st to 10th standard and perform school screening. Each school were sent an entire kit which consisted of  the following:

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1. 2 OCI banners

2. Pocket Vision screeners

3. +1.50 D lenses for screening

4. Thorington chart for distance: to assess squint for distance

5. Thorington chart for near: to assess squint for near

The schools that partnered are;

Elite School of Optometry, Chennai

Manipal School of Optometry: Manipal Institute of Allied Health Sciences

Sri Prakash College of Optometry, Chennai

Sankara College of Optometry, Bangalore.

Lotus College of optometry, Mumbai

Harijyot College of Optometry, Navsari, Gujarat,

Nagar School of Optometry, Ahmedabad,

Amity College of optometry, Manesar, 

Vidyasagar College of Optometry, Kolkatta,

NSHM College of Optometry,Kolkatta

Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry 

The optometry students commenced school screening on World Sight day and continued screening until the entire school of children were completed. Children with eye problems other than glasses were referred and taken care of. Children who were found to have  with prescription glasses, were then shown frames to select from. Children selected the frame required, with the help of the optometrist. A final report from the optometry college./school was sent to the OCI office with following details: number of children screened, vision, refractive error, referrals with reason, frames selected, colour and the interpupillary distance. OCI office coordinated with Essilor Vision Foundation, for all the prescription spectacles and the spectacles were processed and sent to the above optometry colleges.