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To upgrade optometry education through training of optometry educators,
IVI organized two two-day intensive Brien Holden Vision Institute Academy
EyeTeachÂ©: from Clinician to Educator workshops in Coimbatore (25-26 June) and
Pune (28-29 June).Organised under the aegis of the IVI Academy for Eyecare
Educators, adopting the â€˜train-the trainerâ€™ model, EyeTeach workshops have
trained over 120 optometry educators in India over a period of two years.
Visual impairment due to lack of spectacles is a global problem with 625 million people affected. EyeTeach is an initiative offered to optometry and eye health educators around the world to enhance the learning and teaching experience of students as well as educators, eventually leading to quality eye care delivery.
The workshops were facilitated by Ms Helen Dalton, Education Consultant and Ms Stephanie Looi, Global Service Development Manager, both from Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney. Helen is an expert in new and advanced teaching skills, while Stephanie has experience in the many facets of optometry including private practice, corporate optometry, practice ownership, teaching and project management.
Over 30 optometry educators from a number of optometry institutes participated in the workshops, including from the Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research, Vasan Eyecare hospital, Rayhan College of Optometry, Vinayaka Mission, Al Salama College of Optometry, Laxmi College of Optometry, D.Y. Patil Institute of Optometry, AJ Institute of Allied Health Sciences, Shri Bhartimaiya College of Optometry, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Harijyot College of Optometry, Bharati Vidyapeeth and MES College of optometry.
IVI acknowledges the support of Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation and Optometry Giving Sight in funding the program.