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Innovative approach to vision screening to address avoidable blindness

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An innovative approach to screening and provision of eye to children in remote areas of the country is expected to contribute towards addressing the issue of avoidable blindness in India, an NGO has claimed.

"The approach envisages providing easy, ready-to-wear clip-on spectacles almost immediately following a screening," Institute (IVI) said.

In a first for the IVI, 5,500 children will benefit from ready-to-wear clip-on eye across the country following screening programmes. This initiative is part of the collaboration between the IVI and and a major eye maker.

The initiative was launched recently at CSI's MRC Home Anbu Illam on Blake High School Road, Thanjavur, and around 70 students were screened.

"The innovative approach to vision screening and provision of eye glasses to children in remote areas of the country is expected to contribute towards addressing the issue of avoidable blindness in India," the IVI said.

Daniel said these eye glasses make the waiting period following screenings "almost negligible with beneficiaries getting a same-day delivery of glasses especially in remote locations".

"The clip-on glasses will not only ensure on-the-spot delivery of spectacles but also lead to addressing vision problems faster, thereby contributing to better compliance and comprehension of visual outcome by beneficiaries," he said.

The IVI is a not-for-profit registered trust, focussed on supporting and promoting eye awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian optometry to advance capacity in vision correction, and and blindness.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 13:50 IST
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