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Global and national experts convene virtually at IVI conference, 3-4 October to focus attention on eye health and vision impairment

Global and national experts convene virtually at IVI conference, 3-4 October    to focus attention on eye health and vision impairment 

The India Vision Institute-hosted Eye Health in a Changing World international conference opens on 3 October. It will renew focus and attention on eye health.

The two-day conference, with eight pre-conference workshop sessions on October 2, will include top experts speak at keynote sessions, panel discussions, and parallel tracks. 

The conference is dedicated to the memory of late Professor Brien Holden, who was one of the initiators of India Vision Institute.

The conference, with the support of a host of national and international associations, institutions and optical companies including Luxottica Group and Essilor, will address issues of global and national eye health issues.

\"The international conference will be a major event in this year’s eye health calendar and will include talks and presentations by eye health speakers from India and around the world. The conference will look at, and lay stress on, eye health issues amid the current preoccupation with COVID,\" said IVI\'s CEO, Vinod Daniel.

“Over three days, registered participants from India and 36 countries will gather virtually for three days for panel discussions on themes of great relevance. The conference will include keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations, and over 50 exhibitors participating in a virtual trade fair,” added Mr Daniel.

The keynote session on Conference Day 1, October 3, will include talks on ‘Eye health for all: Where does India stand and the way forward’ by Dr GN Rao, Founder-Chair, LVPEI, ‘World Report on Vision and the Sustainable Development goals’ by Peter Holland, CEO, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB),  ‘Creating Access to Eye Care in the post-Covid world’ by Prof Kovin Naidoo, Senior Vice President, Social Impact: Africa & Latam and Advocacy, Essilor International, and ‘Integrated People Centered Eyecare - The Way Forward’ by Dr Alarcos Cieza, United Head, Sensory Functions, Disability and Rehabilitation’, WHO.

Day 1 will include discussions on, among other topics, the World Report on Optometry and ‘Vision and Road Safety’. Also featured will be a discussion on ‘Contact Lens Practice post COVID’, ‘Optometry in Asia’ and ‘Effective Health Communication’. Talks by Luxottica and Essilor will be a feature. 

Day 2, October 4, will have talks on topics such as ‘Changing Lives through Philanthropy in Eyecare’, ‘Enabling Access - Spectacle to Every Indian’, ‘Myopia Control’, ‘Beyond Vision Centres – Accessible Eyecare’, ‘Optometry Practice in India’ and ‘Principles of Evidence Based Practice’. 


The conference will include 55 Oral Presentations and 73 Poster Presentations.                     

Some 1,200 eye health professionals and students are already registered as delegates for the conference, with more expected to follow in the coming days. For information about the conference, visit


About India Vision Institute 

We are an independent, not-for-profit registered Indian trust established in 2012. Our approach to advance the optometry and eye care sector has been through conceptualizing and implementing programs and strategically addressing eye health awareness, continuing education, building leadership, and promoting the research culture. Some 300 capacity building programs, 55 research grants and 17 travel grants so far have benefited over 12,000 eye health professionals. IVI also focuses on addressing avoidable blindness, especially uncorrected refractive error, through vision screening programs and provision of free spectacles in disadvantaged communities and remote areas. To date, 846 vision screening programs across 18 states in India have benefitted over 3,20,352 individuals from the underprivileged communities, including 2,54,406 school children. We have so far distributed 49, 848 free spectacles through these programs. Visit for more information.

For additional information, call Shekhar Nambiar on 9810154167.