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National workshop on MYOPIA: A global public health concern

IVI organized a one day workshop on Myopia – current research trends and treatment strategies on 24 January 2014 at Hyderabad. The workshop was designed to benefit the wider Optometry community including practitioners, educators, researchers and students alike. Topics discussed include prevalence of myopia, structural and optical characteristics of myopic eyes, possible myopigenic and optogenic factors, progression aspects of myopia along with the current research areas and latest treatment techniques. 

“Optometrists play an important role in correcting Myopia, or nearsightedness, which belongs to the category of refractive errors, one among the most common human eye disorders”, IVI CEO, Mr Vinod Daniel said on the occasion of the workshop. “Ongoing research on the genetics of the disease will greatly assist in containing this significant public health concern” he added. 

Sixty five participants attended the workshop, including from the Bausch and Lomb School of Optometry, Hyderabad; School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Hyderabad and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Science hospital at Adilabad. 

The workshop facilitators were Dr Krupa Philip - Brien Holden Vision Institute Hyderabad, Nagaraju Konda - Brien Holden Vision Institute Hyderabad, Dr Kalika Bandamwar - Brien Holden Vision Institute Hyderabad, Dr Vinod Maseedupally - UNSW, Kensington, Australia, Vijay Kumar - BLSO, LVPEI Hyderabad, Swathi Kanduri - Brien Holden Vision Institute Hyderabad and Sowjanya Siddireddy - Brien Holden Vision Institute Hyderabad. 

Funding for the program was kindly provided by ‘Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation’ in association with ‘Optometry Giving Sight'. 

India Vision Institute, a joint initiative of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, India and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, supports research, education and technological development in vision correction, eye disease and blindness prevention. 

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