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Workshop on developing Indian Optometry Research Capacity - Hyderabad

Hyderabad based India Vision Institute (IVI) organized a national workshop on Biostatistics and Scientific writing in collaboration with the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI) Durban, South Africa on 6-8 December, 2012. 

“Ongoing advanced research will strengthen optometry in India leading to excellence in vision care delivery”, said the IVI CEO, Mr Vinod Daniel, speaking to participants. “With a large gap in supply and demand in eye care services in India, it becomes all the more important to develop an excellent optometry resource in India – a mission that IVI has undertaken”, he added. 

Making a presentation on the importance of eye care research, , Professor D Balasubramanian, Director of Research, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, said “Research and out-of-the-box solutions are essential for any profession to thrive“. 

21 participants from 12 optometry organizations across India gained insights on the role of research in optometry at the workshop led by, Social Scientist, Dr Tom Were Okello, and Biostatistician, Mr Farai Chinanyi from AVRI. International NGO, Optometry Giving Sight, provided financial assistance for the workshop. 

The workshop focused on introductory topics in biostatistics which form the basis for further methods such as linear regression, logistic regression and survival analysis. The workshop also intended to help eye health cadres and researchers develop skills in written communication to enable them to effectively share knowledge through scientific papers, reports and peer reviewed articles. The participants received generic training on research skills. 

The workshop was very well received and drew excellent comments from the participants, seeking further workshops to be organized by IVI: 

“That was a fantastic experience of a workshop I had ever attended” - Uday Kumar, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. 

“It was a wonderful experience being there at IVI. The workshop was really helpful and up to the expectations” - Prasad Sawant, Sawant Optometry Clinic, Mumbai. 

IVI, a joint initiative of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, and the LV Prasad Eye Institute, India, supports research, education and technological development in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention. There exists a wide gap in the demand and supply of optometric services in India and IVI endeavors to bridge the gap through various initiatives including organizing workshops for optometry professionals. 

For further information about IVI, please visit www.indiavisioninstitute.org; or contact: Vinod Daniel, CEO & Managing Trustee, India Vision Institute, Hyderabad; # +917893985353; vinod.daniel.am@gmail.com