India Vision Institute distributed free spectacles to the children of leprosy patients at UDAYAN in Barrackpore, West Bengal on 15 April 2016, following a vision screening program conducted earlier in the year, which screened over 240 children from the age of 5-17 years. 10 children who were diagnosed with refractive errors received free spectacles, and 7 who were diagnosed with other ocular ailments were given referral letters for further examinations. Mr Vinod Daniel - CEO of IVI, Father Jose - Director, UDAYAN and Mr Srenik Sett - Chairman, Allsport Foundation, participated in the event and distributed spectacles.
“Academic performance at school is directly related to good vision. Catching visual problems that often go undetected during childhood, helps ensure a better future for these children”, said Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of IVI. “I look forward to future screenings that will reach even more children as part of our ‘Eye See & I Learn’ campaign”, he added.
‘Eye See & I Learn’ campaign of IVI is part of the global ‘Our Children’s Vision’ campaign. IVI is leading the Indian offshoot of this campaign. It aims to screen the vision of ten million children in partnership with several eye hospitals over the period 2016-2020.
Fr. Jose, Director of UDAYAN, said, “I am grateful to IVI for conducting the screening program. I thank the team members led by Sony Singh who was exceptional in establishing a bond with the children.”
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2011, an initiative of the L V Prasad Eye Institute of Hyderabad and the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. It is focused on supporting and promoting eye health awareness, research, education and technological development in Indian optometry to advance capacity in vision correction and prevention of eye disease and blindness.
UDAYAN is a not-for-profit residential home for the rehabilitation of children of leprosy patients initiated by Mother Teresa. The Australian cricketer Mr. Steve Waugh supports UDAYAN through his foundation towards building infrastructure and various training projects for girls. The name “UDAYAN” means rising, and for the 300 children who call it home, UDAYAN represents the dawn of a new life. IVI helped ensure a brighter future with clear vision for these children through its screening program.