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ESO Students Propaganda
ESO Students Propaganda

Chennai is fuming not only with the heat of scorching sun but also its election propaganda by the parties.

ESO's first year undergraduate students also had an agenda for propagation, as an evaluation component for their course on 'Public Relations' on saturday, 9th April 2011. various themes like global warming, elections were taken as concepts for miming and acting.


Dr. Linam Gopal inspires!
Dr. Linam Gopal inspires!
It is always a dilemma to decide 'what to write, how to write and which journal to send?' for publishing in scientific journals. Dr. Lingam Gopal had answers for these questions in his talk on 'How to write and publish?' which he delivered on Monday, 11th April 2011 at ESO. Post graduate and Doctorate students, Faculty attended tthe session. Dr Krishnakumar, Principal, ESO welcomed and honored Dr. Linagm Gopal.

OPTOMETRISTS from abroad visit ESO
OPTOMETRISTS from abroad visit ESO
A team of 15 members including optometrists from the U.K. , Australia(ICEE), and Newzealand visited ESO on 22nd March 2011 as part of a study tour organised by GOC. Members were briefed about the academic, research and community activities of the college and optometric practice and education in their countries were discussed.

Mr. James Pinder, Optometrist and Rotarian visited ESO on Friday 28 Jan 2011
Optometrist and Rotarian visited ESO

Mr. James Pinder, Optometrist and Rotarian visited ESO on Friday 28 Jan 2011 as leader of a Group Study Exchange team. Group Study Exchange members are provided with opportunities to visit places of interest related to their professions.

Rtn. James is an Optometrist and is a practitioner with 42 years experience. His vocation involves all aspects of Optometry . He had qualified as an Optometrist from the City University,London in the 1960s. Rtn . J.Kannan accompanied him on this visit.


ESO vision screens in RTO Office - Ayanavaram and Pulianthope
ESO vision screens in RTO Office
RTO office of Ayanavaram and Pulianthope, Chennai celebrated Road Safety week by holding vision screening camps on the 3rd and 4th of January 2011. Final year interns Ms. R. Nithya, Ms. Rahima Mumtaz, Mr. Subramaniya Raj and Ms. V Srilekha screened 309 people, of whom 18 were found to have defective vision and referred to Sankara Nethralaya for further management.

First Indian optometrists to receive FCOVD
First Indian optometrists to receive FCOVD

Ms Jameel Rizwana (Currently Optometrist in sankara Nethralaya and ESO Alumnus) and Mr Aditya Goyal ( ESO alumnus)have successfully completed their Fellowship examination conducted by College of Optometry in Vision Development (COVD), Puetro Rico, US.

Please join hands in congratulating both the Elitians, being the first two from India.


Over 12,000 school children undergo vision screening
Over 12,000 school children undergo vision screening


Out of the 45 million blind in the world, around 15 million live in India. According to the WHO, about 85% of all visual impairment is avoidable globally.

Every year Sankara Nethralaya undertakes activities to spread awareness among the public on the importance of eye care. To commemorate World Sight Day on October 14, 2010, Sankara Nethralaya and the institution’s Elite School of Optometry, under the Manbumigu Mudhalvar Doctor Kalaignar Palli Sirar Kannoli Kappom Thittam, will be spearheading a week-long vision screening and awareness session in schools in the city.

On October 8, 2010 MJF Lion R. Ravichandran, District Governor 324-A1inaugurated a screening camp at the Chennai Corporation School Nungambakkam following which Sankara Nethralaya and Elite School of Optometry commenced a mammoth vision screening session across 53 corporations schools in the city. A total of 12,202 school children were screened on October 8, 2010.

“According to the WHO, the 5-11age-group is considered vital for early diagnosis of eye problems. Refractive error remains the second leading cause of avoidable blindness and uncorrected refractive errors among school children can adversely affect their academic performance. The vision screening will help in the early diagnosis and treatment of refractive errors and other eye ailments among the school-going children,” says Dr. Krishna Kumar, Principal, Elite School of Optometry.

Of the 12,202 students screened, 261 students required glasses (2%) and 184 students (1.5%) had eye problems other than refractive errors.

The project covered 17 primary schools, 15 middle schools, and 21 higher secondary schools in corporation zones VII (Nungambakkam, Egmore, Thousand Lights) and X (Thiruvanmiyur, Velacherry, Adyar, Taramani, Alwarpet).

A 123-member team consisting of optometrists and optometry students, which was further divided into 20 teams, visited the 53 schools. All school students received primary eye care service as per protocol.

Lions Club Eden will provide spectacles, free-of-cost, to primary school children who were prescribed glasses and secondary and higher secondary students will receive free spectacles under the State Government’s scheme.

Informative posters on various eye ailments were distributed in all 53 schools with the help of the Shree Banaskantha Palanpur Jain Association and awareness talks will be conducted to raise awareness among students and teachers. Sankara Nethralaya and ESO will train selected teachers as ‘Vision Ambassadors’ to perform basic vision screening in their respective schools.


ESO in PRADHARSHINI Inter College Competition
Venue: Kilpauk Medical College Campus, Date: 30-09-2010 to 02-10-2010
ESO in PRADHARSHINI Inter College Competition

Kilpauk Medical College celebrated golden jubilee year (2010) by conducting an Inter College Competition in the name of PRADHARSHINI which in Sanskrit means “Exhibition”. The students of Elite School of Optometry participated in various competitions which includes Face painting, Computer gaming, Quiz, Solo singing, Dancing, Creative writing, Debate, Anthakhshari, Mehendi, Painting and Adzap. Of the 25 colleges which participated, students of ESO bagged prizes in Solo dancing and Creative writing. Ms.Daleena Dalan of first year stood first among 50 other co-participants in solo dancing. Ms.Sabiha Afroz of second year won the second prize in creative writing.


Madras Christian College students visit ESO
Madras Christian College students visit ESO

25 students from the Madras Christian College visited ESO on the 15th of September 2010.Masters students from the Zoology department accompanied by Dr Moses , Reader, MCC had a lecture on the "BioPhysical Aspects of Vision" by ESo faculty, Ms Anuradha N. The students were also shown various instruments used for diagnosing eye problems.


Deliberations galore at EIVOC 2010
Deliberations galore at EIVOC 2010


ESO International Vision science and Optometry Conference (EIVOC) 2010, a three-day conference to commemorate the silver jubilee of the Elite School of Optometry was inaugurated on August 12, 2010 by Swami Sukhabodhananda, Founder Chairman, Prasanna Trust.

The Guests of Honour included Dr. AS Rathore, Assistant Director General, Health Services/NPCB, Ministry of Health ad Family Welfare, India and Dr. Jo Underwood, Principal, Association of British Dispensing Opticians College, UK.

The ESO logo was unveiled by Dr. Ravishanker, ex-registrar, Elite School of Optometry.
Also on the occasion, the proposal to introduce in India, for the very first time, a Diploma in Dispensing, which will offer a Fellow of British Dispensing Opticians (FBDO), and a diploma in ophthalmic dispensing, was announced. The courses are the result of a collaborative effort between Sankara Nethralaya and the Association of British Dispensing Opticians.

EIVOC 2010 covered all specialities of optometric practice and research. The conference at the Chennai Trade Centre had scientific presentations, symposia and workshops to cater to optometrists with different backgrounds and aspirations. Internationally renowned researchers and educationists shared their expertise during the conference.
The conference also had sessions on Contact Lens, Optometric Practice Management, Clinical Optometry, Evolution of Optics, to name a few.

Sankara Nethralaya launches distance mode course for opticians
The Hindu, August 13, 2010


Dr. Brien visits ESO
Dr. Brien visits ESO

Dr. Brien A Holden, CEO, Brien Holden Vision Institute, and lecturer, University of New South Wales visited the Elite School of Optometry on April 10, 2010. Students had an interactive session, which was informative and thought provoking. Dr. Brien is a well-known researcher in areas related to the eye.


Elite School of Optometry and CUSHAH Sankara Nethralaya - Eye Care Vision Care Program
Eye Care Vision Care Program


An awareness session on ‘Eye care’ in ESO and CUSHAH Sankara Nethralaya witnessed the participation of school students and the public in large numbers on 23/ 24th Jan 2010 in Dr. V. G Appukutty Campus.

Walk: A walk by the school students emphasizing “Child Eye Care was inaugurated by the famous Theatre and Film artiste, S Ve. Shekher on Saturday. 485 students from various schools of Chennai and South west Chennai scouts and guides participated with their band team. Students carried placards and shouted slogans on child eye care and other eye care topics. Thiru S. Ve. Shekher and Mr. Ravindran, CGM, Sankara Nethralaya waved the flag. All the students received certificates.

Tamil Vision Testing Chart: Thiru S. Ve. Shekher also unveiled a vision testing chart near the entrance of Dr. V G Appukutty campus. Any person can test their eyes for vision problems on their own. This is installed by Elite School of Optometry in public interest to create awareness among the public about eye ailments.

Training Session: 19 teachers and 57 students underwent training on how to conduct Basic Vision Screening. These teachers and students will be ‘Ambassadors for Vision care’ and they were all given certificates for the training session.

Competitions: 460 students participated in different competitions [Drawing, Extempore, Crossword, Essay, Placard, Models and Quiz] and won prizes in the different categories. All the winners received certificates and prizes.

Competitions for the Visually Challenged: Chess competitions and cricket competitions for the visually impaired were conducted and were given prizes and certificates.

Free Vision Screening Camp on 23.01.10 and 24.01.10: Of the 683 people screened 260 were identified for vision problems and other eye disorders. 95 received glass prescriptions immediately. Students were given a Vision care Card indicating the status of their eye health and they were asked to gift the card to their parents for a free vision screening the next day.

Eye Donation: Pledge cards were issued immediately to people who signed the forms for eye donation. 110 people pledged their eyes on the two days

Dora and Bujji Show was a special show for the students on Eye Injuries and Lazy Eye. Children went back home with a clear message on the two topics.

Eye Care Vision Care Program
National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Chennai participated & created awareness on support system available for visually challenged in this country.
Eye Care Vision Care Program


Experts on Vision Therapy, Low Vision Care, Diabetes and Eye, Glaucoma, contact lens, computer vision were available for counseling the patients and public were happy to receive expert opinion.

A video on Eye Donation and Diabetes and Eye were put for the students.

More than 25 Posters on various eye care topics were on display.

Information about ESO and facilities of Sankara Nethralaya was given to the public.

Teleophthalmology vehicle was available for two days. Students and public were thrilled to see the facilities of the vehicle and the service offered by Sn to the rural masses.

Eye Care Vision Care Program
Prize Distribution and Cultural Program was from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. presided by Ms. Akila Shriram kumar, General Manager, Sankara Nethralaya.

various projects


Mr. Greg Hare, Executive Director, One Sight, Luxottica Foundation.
Ms. Anna Li Wecchi, International Development Manager, One Sight Luxottica Foundation.
Mr. John Braddus, Optometrist, Luxottica Foundation.
Mr. Akash Goyle, National Key Accounts head, Luxottica India Eye wear Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Prem Kohli, Senior Manager, HR, Luxottica India Eye wear Pvt. Ltd.

various projects
visited ESO on November 05, 2009. Ms. Akila Shriram Kumar GM, Sankara Nethralaya and Dr. Krishna Kumar R , Principal, ESO and Mr.Vishwanathan, HOD, Optometry and Optical Services welcomed them. The team spent some time in ESO discussed about various projects.

Dr. Vijayalakshmy

Dr. Vijayalakshmy, Vision rehabilitation Professional,NIEPMD delivered a lecture on " Vision rehabilitation and training in children with Multiple Disabilities" and Mr.Arokiaswamy, Social rehabilitation Worker, Sankara Nethralaya spoke on "Social rehabilitation and Counselling." The lectures, which were held on Oct 27, 2009, were well received by ESO students.


Mr.P.V.R.N.Iyer
Mr.P.V.R.N.Iyer, Chairman & Managing Director and Mr.R.Muralidharan, General Manager,Optisurgicare (India) Pvt.Ltd. visited ESO on September 15, 2009.

Prof G.Kumaramanickavel

Prof G.Kumaramanickavel's (Director of Research, Narayana Nethralaya, Health City, Bangalore, & Advisor - Research, Academics and Management, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai) lecture on "Genetic Counselling for Visual Disorders" and Ms.Deiva's (Vision Rehabilitation Professional,Frontline Hospitals) lecture on "Early intervention and Visual rehabilitation for children with Visual impairments", was well received by the the students on September 15, 2009 at ESO.


A. H. M. Enayet Hussain

Prof. (Dr.) A. H. M. Enayet Hussain, who is an Eye Specialist and Surgeon in the National Institute of Ophthalmology, Dhaka, and his team visited ESO on September 07, 2009. Dr.R.Krishna Kumar, Principal, ESO briefed them on the various activities of the college.

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