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World Optometry Day
World Optometry Day

As part of World Optometry Day celebration 118 students of ESO along with 4 faculty and an administrator went to a tribal village Karumanthurai, in the Kalvarayan hills in Salem district. The team started on 28th February, 2016 from Chennai and came back on 2nd March 2016.

1. ESO Screened 3,666 students in 13 schools in a single day (29-02-2016) with the entire ESO student team headed by Dr. R KrishnaKumar, Principal and N Anuradha, Lecturer and vision screening coordinator. Only 5 children (0.1%) were found to have refractive error and 44 children (1.2%) were found to have other eye problems. 12 teams comprising 122 members completed the screening between 9.30 am and 4.15 pm.

2. ESO also installed a self testing illuminated chart in the market area of the village for creating awareness among the public about their vision status. This is the 9th such chart ESO installs in a public place and the first one in the tribal area.

3. In a unique initiative of raising awareness about Presbyopia, a bank and the post office in the village were provided with three sets of reading glasses with instructions for the public to use whenever they visit these places.

4. ESO created awareness to the selected students of Saraswati Vidhya Mandir about eye and vision care.

5. Posters on eye and vision care were given to all the schools which were screened.

6. A motivation talk was given by Dr. Sumathi Narayanan, ESO's communication faculty to the students of two schools, Prabhavati matriculation school and Saraswati Vidhya Mandir.

7. A survey on the activities of the children including indoor and outdoor activities was done in a school to understand the relationship between the low prevalence of refractive errors and day to day activities. A KAP study was done among the teachers and students to understand the awareness about refractive errors among them.

8. This initiative was also part of the public health and community optometry course of the third year UG students.

9. This has been a unique initiative and enriching experience for all of the ESO students including a stay in the village school. ESO students also had an opportunity to interact with the hostel kids of the school including the stay and play with them. ESO donated comic books to the Saraswathy Vidya mandir school library. Students also trekked and visited a falls in the village. Shri Nandakumar, Joint Commissioner, Income tax gave a motivational talk to ESO students on 28th Feb 2016

ESO would like to thank Dr P P Santanam, Former Principal and Professor, Occupational Optometry for his support for this community activity and DAASYA, NGO for their support.The event was inaugurated by Shri Nandakumar, Joint Commissioner, Income tax.

Elite School of Optometry re-defines eye screening methodology for school children
ESO Eye Screening Camp 2015

School children undergo an eye examination at least once in 2 years under the aegis of the National Programme for control of Blindness. Sankara Nethralaya’s Elite school of optometry completed vision testing for a large number of school children studying in corporation schools on January 6th 2015. A total of 39 schools under Corporation Zone 9 spread over the localities of Alwarpet, Teynampet, Royapettah , Nungambakkam, Thousand lights , Triplicane and Mylapore were covered.

The students underwent an examination for refractive errors and also their binocular vision status and the general health of their eyes. Vision testing involved a three-phased structured protocol that consisting of basic vision screening, detection of refractive errors and referral for other ocular problems. A total of 2862 children were tested in one day across 39 schools. 22 Teams comprising of 190 members performed the vision testing in the school premises between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. In 2012 Elite School of Optometry, Sankara Nethralaya created a national record in Limca book for testing 8469 children in a day. 111 (3.9%) will be given free spectacles and 120 (4.2%) were referred for other ocular problems.

ESO Eye Screening Camp 2015

Those identified with refractive errors were given an option of choosing their own spectacle frames, from a range of trendy and stylish models. This is to improve the compliance of spectacle wear, as cosmetic appearance is one of the major reasons for children not wearing their spectacles. Children identified with ocular problems like squint, ptosis and cataract were referred to Sankara Nethralaya for cost free treatment. Parents of children with vision problems will be informed of their children’s vision status and counseled. Spectacles will be distributed in 10 days time in the school premises itself and parents will also be invited to collect the spectacles. Lack of information to parents about their child’s ocular condition in the conventional school screening is one of the main reasons for poor compliance to spectacles and other treatment options.

“Sankara Nethralaya- Elite School of optometry’s screening aim to eliminate all these barriers and create a unique model in the school children vision testing henceforth” observed Ms. N. Anuradha, Vision Screening Coordinator, Elite School of Optometry. Creating awareness among all the stake holders and involving them as part of the screening, especially parents and teachers would create an impact on the school vision screening models” added Dr R Krishnakumar, The Principal, Elite School of Optometry.

For more details contact Dr R Krishnakumar- 044 2234 6023

Shri Renganath visited ESO
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Shri Renganath - Proprietor, Prarthana Theater and Board Member- TTD visited ESO on 24th September 2014

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