By Our Special Correspondent
An India Vision Institute (IVI) screening campaign, in association with Hoya Lens India, Indian Optometry Association (IOA), All India Optical Federation (AIOF) and Delhi Council for Child Welfare (DCCW), is benefiting 5,000 girl children in Delhi and NCR.
At an event today at Trilokpuri near Mayur Vihar in Delhi, girl children detected with uncorrected refractive errors received free eye glasses from India Vision Institute. The spectacles were distributed by Serge Zins, Vice-President, Asia Pacific, Hoya Vision Care, and others present.
Those present at the event included Sanjeev Madan, General Secretary, All India Optical Federation (AIOF), Darshan Lal Madan of BonTon Opticals, Rajeev Prasad, General Secretary, Indian Optometric Association (IOA), Ramachandran P, Independent Eyewear Consultant, IVI’s CEO Vinod Daniel, DCCW’s Sanjay Mishra, Phanindra Babu, CEO, Vision2020 India, and senior representatives from Hoya, including Sanjay Tiwari, Managing Director of Hoya India.
Children vision screened and found to have refractive errors under the program are being provided free corrective glasses. Those with other ocular conditions are referred to hospital for further treatment.
Vinod Daniel said, “I am delighted that several underprivileged girls in Delhi will now be able to see better and complete their education thanks to this campaign to commemorate World Sight Day (WSD) month. WSD is commemorated world-wide on October 13.
“Children perform several visual tasks in a day. Good vision is important not only to study but also in their overall development, including while they are at play both in school and at home,” added Vinod Daniel.
Serge Zins said, “I am happy for Hoya to be associated with IVI in this important initiative and hope that it would enhance children’s lives. We wish IVI every success in their work to prevent avoidable blindness in India.”
About India Vision Institute
IVI is an Indian not-for-profit NGO with the vision to provide access to primary eye care for the underprivileged and a pair of corrective glasses to every Indian in need of one. Our outreach and advocacy activities also include awareness generation, engaging communities, schools, partner institutions and others through talks, education, skill enhancement, and leadership development. Since 2012, IVI has helped change lives in 22 states of India. Through providing better vision and a pair of free corrective glasses, our Eye See and I Learn and Eye See and I Work programs help, respectively, school children do well in studies and adults in being more productive, ensuring their safe and secure livelihood. Vision and Road Safety is another priority for IVI and involves working with corporates/organizations on screenings and provision of free spectacles for commercial vehicle drivers.