Community Eye Care

About Us

The team predominantly works on the data that is collected during the outreach activities of the institution. The works from the outreach activities could be categorized broadly into

  • Planning and strategizing outreach activities
  • Epidemiology of refractive errors and ocular conditions
  • KAP studies
  • Qualitative researches to understand behavioral changes related to ocular conditions among school children and other stakeholders of school eye screening
  • Economic evaluation of outreach programme


Dr Anuradha Narayanan

Principal, Elite School of Optometry.
Programme incharge – School children eye health.


Ms Saara Krishnamurthy
Ms Subhiksha Rangavittal
Ms Ambika C
Ms Swetha Saravanan

Graduate Researchers

Ms Maanila Sp
Ms Gulafsha Parveen

Areas of Interest

On going works

  • Epidemiology of vision impairment, blindness, refractive errors and ocular condition among adults.
  • Prevalence of vision impairment and refractive errors among school children between 2011 and 2016 in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Thiruvannamalai
  • Status of eye health among tribal school children – 2015
  • Spectacle compliance among school children
  • Spectacle coverage among school children
  • Prevalence of color vision deficiency among school going boys


  • Chandrasekar A, Rangavittal S, Krishnamurthy S, Narayanan A. Profile of ocular conditions from school eye screening in Southern India. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. 2022 May 1;70(5):1755-60
  • Subhiksha Rangavittal, Anuradha Narayanan. Eye care behaviour among rural adults in South India: Tamil Nadu Rural Eye Examination (TREE) Study Report 1. IJO. Volume 70 issue 9, 3255-3259
  • Rangavittal S, Krishnamurthy SS, Chandrasekar A, Narayanan A. Vision Impairment among Children in South India: Results from a Large-Scale School Eye Screening. Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 2022 Jun 25:1-8
  • Narayanan A, Krishnamurthy S, Pandurangan K, Ramakrishnan B, Ramajayam H, Kumar RK. Status of eye health among tribal school children in South India. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020 (in press)
  • Narayanan A, Krishnamurthy SS, Kumar R K. Status of Eye Health among School Children in South India–Sankara Nethralaya School Children Eye Examination Study (SN-SEES). Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 2020 Nov 29:1-0.


  • Anuradha N, Krishnakumar Ramani. Role of optometry school in single day large scale school vision testing Oman J Ophthalmol. 2015 Jan-Apr; 8(1): 28–32
  • N Anuradha, Krishnakumar Ramani. Strategy for mass vision screening of school children and its Effectiveness Clinical and Experimental Optometry 95.4 July 2012 465

On going works

Cost of school eye screening programme
Predictors of cost of an outreach programme
Economic outcome analysis of a school eye screening programme


Saravanan S, Krishnamurthy S, Ramani KK, Narayanan A. Cost Analysis of a Comprehensive School Eye Screening Model from India. Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 2022 Dec 1:1-7.

On going works

  • Barriers to uptake of eye care services
  • Eye care seeking behavior among parents’ of children referred from school eye screening
  • Compliance to spectacle wear and referral among school children
  • Effectiveness of interventions in improving compliance to spectacle wear
  • Knowledge, attitude and practice on eye care among tribal school children
  • Knowledge, attitude and practice on color vision deficiency among school children, teachers and parents

Patient Reported Outcome Measures and Quality of Life studies


  • Anuradha Narayanan, Shuba Kumar, Krishna Kumar Ramani. Spectacle Compliance among Adolescents: A Qualitative Study from Southern India Optom Vis Sci 2017; 94:582 587
  • Narayanan A, Kumar S, Ramani KK. Spectacle compliance among adolescents in Southern India: Perspectives of service providers. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018; 66:945- 50.
  • Narayanan A, Ramani KK. Effectiveness of interventions in improving compliance to spectacle wear and referral in school vision screening. Clin Exp Optom. 2018; doi:10.1111/cxo.12797.

  • Brakes India Grant 2014
  • Titan Happy Eyes Grant for school children screening- 2015-16
  • Mahindra World City – CSR Grant for School Children Screening – 2015
  • Dr S Ramakrishnan and Smt Bhagavathi Annual Grant for Community
  • Activities instituted by Dr P P Santanam – 2016 onwards
  • Orbis India Grant for the school eye screening project, Kanchipuram-2016-2019
  • Michelin India CSR Grant for School Children Screening – 2015, 2018
  • SNEHAM (Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital Anjali to Mahatma) – 2019

School children vision screening/ testing- A guideline book, Elite School of Optometry- 2016