Ms Maimuna Naaz (Centre for Sight, Hyderabad) was declared the ‘IVI Optometry Wizard of the Year 2016’ following the final round of the National Quiz held at India Vision Institute (IVI), Hyderabad on 10 October 2016. Conducted by IVI with the support of Essilor, the quiz consisted of three monthly rounds and a finale. The finale was a face-to-face event while the earlier three rounds each comprised web and phone-in components.
Over 50 eye care and Optometry professionals and students from across India participated in the initial three rounds of the quiz, from August to September. Mr M Shiva Ram (RJN School of Optometry, Gwalior) was the first runner-up and Ms Suma Gunda (L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad) was the second runner-up. Each finalist was awarded a memento and a certificate. Ms Vidyut Rajhans (MES College of Optometry, Pune) was the winner of the audience round.
Mr Vinod Daniel CEO, IVI said, “It was a great event that involved participants from across the country. This year we showcased it in a different way with live streaming of the final round and cash prizes based on the number of correct answers. The quiz also serves to commemorate international World Sight Day which falls on 13 October this year. For the finale, the selected optometry professionals gathered in Hyderabad to pit their wits against each other.”
Falling on the second Thursday of October, World Sight Day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness about avoidable blindness and vision impairment. It highlights the importance of good vision for all people and the consequences that uncorrected vision impairment can have on the lives of those affected.
India Vision Institute (IVI) is an independent, not-for-profit registered trust established in 2012. 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)
Image 1: Quiq participants with the IVI staff at India Vision Institute, Hyderabad.