India Vision Institute (IVI) conducted a vision screening program for 130 underprivileged boys at Government Madrasa I Azam School, Chennai on 22 September. The screening program is part of Cooper Vision’s One Bright Vision Child Eye Health Program being implemented in partnership with Optometry Giving Sight and IVI’s Eye See & I Learn campaign. Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali, Dewan to the Prince of Arcot, Chennai; Arnab Sarkar, Director, Cooper Vision India; Clive Miller, CEO, Optometry Giving Sight and Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of India Vision Institute along with an international team from Cooper Vision participated in the vision screening program.
During the day, the Cooper Vision team also visited a vision screening camp at a community of daily wagers from the slums of Villivakkam. Subsequently, they went on to distribute 140 spectacles to students at Lady Sivasamy School, Mylapore.
Mr Vinod Daniel, CEO of IVI said, “A pair of spectacles is a small measure that makes a huge difference in the lives of underprivileged children. We are grateful for Cooper Vision’s support of this program and look forward to reaching even more children in need. A special thanks to Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali for helping facilitate this program.”
Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali said, “As part of the Arcot foundation directive, we strongly focus on assisting disadvantaged communities, particularly children and I am pleased to work with IVI to improve the vision of these children.”
Arnab Sarkar said, “Every child must have good vision. Aside from education it also affects their development and quality of life. Cooper Vision is glad to support the One Bright Vision Child Eye Health Program project through which IVI provides good vision to children, especially those from underprivileged communities who lack access to quality eye care.”
Through its Eye See & I Learn campaign, IVI has screened the vision of over 23,000 underprivileged children and distributed over 1,400 spectacles across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal. IVI plans to screen over 30,000 disadvantaged children during the remainder of this year.
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2012, 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. (www.indiavisioninstitute.org)
Cooper Vision, a unit of The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses and related products and services. The Company produces a full array of monthly, two-week and daily disposable contact lenses, all featuring advanced materials and optics. Cooper Vision has a strong heritage of solving the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism and presbyopia; and offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.in.
Optometry Giving Sight is the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error (URE) – simply the need for an eye examination and glasses. It was established in 2003 by the Brien Holden Vision Institute, World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness as a means of mobilizing support from the global eye care profession and industry to help eliminate the backlog of people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired – currently estimated at more than 600 million worldwide. It is a registered charity in the USA, Canada, Mexico. Australia, Ireland, and Italy. In the UK we work in partnership with Vision Aid Overseas. www.givingsight.org
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Image 1: The international team from Cooper Vision that participated in the vision screening programs