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Workshop on Geriatric Optometry

Workshop on Geriatric Optometry - to help elderly maintain an independent lifestyle 

A two-day workshop on Geriatric Optometry: what the young minds should know was organized at India Vision Institute (IVI) Hyderabad on 27 - 28 February. Dr. Prem Nandhini Satgunam, Associate Research Optometrist, LVPEI, widely recognized for her work in in the area of geriatric vision rehabilitation, facilitated the workshop. Dr Archana Bhargava, Consultant, LVPEI, gave a guest lecture on common systemic diseases in the elderly. 

“In order to help the elderly maintain an independent and healthy lifestyle, it is important to ensure their eyesight is restored to the best possible extent – an area where an optometrist can make a difference by providing specialized eyecare”, said Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO, IVI. India will be among the few countries to provide young trained optometrists to rehabilitate the growing aging population with visual challenges the world over, he added. 

Designed to provide tools and knowledge to teach a course on the topic of Geriatric Optometry, the workshop focused on a range of topics including healthy aging concepts, biological aging, diseases of eye and aging, dementia, breaking the bad news and low vision aids for geriatric patients. The workshop also provided an opportunity for participants to apprise themselves of latest research in the field of geriatric optometry. 

The workshop was well received with over 55 optometry educators, practitioners, researchers and students from eight optometry institutes across India attending the workshop. “I came to understand that even geriatric optometry can be an interesting subject” Judy Jose, Faculty at Manipal University observed. 

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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