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IVI World Sight Day celebrations - No more avoidable blindness

India Vision Institute (IVI) organized a series of events to commemorate World Sight Day during 8-9 October 2014, featuring Professor Brien Holden, founding CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute; recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM); and founding co-chair of IVI. 

No more Avoidable Blindness is the theme for World Sight Day (WSD) for 2014 - an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. WSD is coordinated by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) under the VISION 2020 Global Initiative. 

Through a range of events organized in collaboration with several of IVI partners in New Delhi, IVI reiterated the WSD message for hundreds of optometry students, educators and optometry and eye care practitioners. 

Austrade: Dialogue over lunch with Professor Brien Holden 
On the eve of the World Sight Day, a dialogue over lunch with Professor Brien Holden was organized in association with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday, 8 October, as part of the Australian Innovation Showcase 2014. A number of optometry and eye care professionals participated in the dialogue with Professor Holden, focusing on prospects for advancing optometry in India. 

Amity University: National World Sight Day Lecture & signing of an MOU 
Professor Brien Holden delivered the World Sight Day lecture on the topic Vision and Blindness Prevention: the impact and management of refractive errors at the Amity University in Gurgaon on Thursday, 9 October. The lecture was webcast live nationally to nine optometry colleges. 

An MOU was also signed on the occasion between the India Vision Institute (IVI), Amity University and the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI), with all three partners committing to secure good eye health practices through sound research and evidence generation leading to change in socially responsive eye health policies. 

Shroff Charity Eye Hospital: Shroff Charity Eye Hospital in New Delhi hosted the World Sight Day lecture delivered by Professor Brien Holden on Thursday, 9 October, in collaboration with IVI. Professor Holden spoke on the topic Vision and Blindness Prevention: the impact and management of refractive errors and interacted with students and faculty. 

Collaboration and Support: 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. IVI acknowledges the support of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and Optometry Giving Sight in funding the program. 

About India Vision Institute: It is an exciting time for Optometry in India; India Vision Institute (IVI) is delighted to be part of this eye care revolution. IVI envisions making a socially and economically important contribution to superior vision correction and eye disease management for India. IVI aims to support research, education, awareness and technological development, which will take India to a world platform in healthcare, vision correction and eye disease management and blindness prevention. Over the next decade, IVI will create a strong global foothold for the Indian Vision Industry and assist in the development of the necessary human resources that will enable every Indian to gain access to correct diagnosis and management for uncorrected refractive errors. 

For Media Enquiries, please contact: 
Dinesh C Fernandes 
Program Officer | India Vision Institute 
737, Road # 37, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033, AP, India 
Tel. No. +91 - 40 - 23548269, +91 - 9989586246