With concentration on ‘Quality prophesy and eye health’, World Congress of Optometry starts in Hyderabad


World Congress of Optometry starts in Hyderabad to residence a causes of blindness.(Source: file)

The second World Congress of Optometry began here on Monday to plead new ideas and share investigate and believe about several facets of Optometry.

Over 1,200 representatives comprising optometrists, researchers, educators, students and health professionals from around a universe were attending a three-day event.

Deliberations will concentration on a destiny of Optometry, upgrading Optometrists’ skills, as good as building clinical and veteran believe and skills.

The biennial association is a World Council of Optometry (WCO) beginning organized in partnership with a Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (APCO) and a India Vision Institute (IVI).

The discussion thesis is “Accessible, peculiarity prophesy and eye health”, that ties into a WHO’s ‘Universal eye health: A tellurian movement devise 2014-2019’ that aims to revoke a superiority of avoidable visible spoil by 25 per cent by 2019.

WCO envisions accomplishing this by fixation a clever and estimable eye health complement within that Optometry plays a profitable and essential role, a organisers said.

Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of a Brien Holden Vision Institute, South Africa, is a chair of a conference.

Some of a world’s heading practitioners and professionals, including 7 keynote speakers will make presentations. There will be discussions and presentations on cutting-edge investigate and clinical practice. The educator’s lane will offer participants a height to plead and figure optometric preparation worldwide.

Keynote speakers include: Dr Taraprasad Das, Vice-Chairman, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; Professor G.V.S. Murthy, Director, Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad; Dr Bina Patel, Professor, Director of International Programs, New England College of Optometry, Boston; Dr Sandra S. Block, Faculty, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago; and Dr Peter G Swann, QUT, Brisbane, Australia Visiting Professor, School of Optometry, Hong Kong.

WHO estimates 285 million to be visually impaired, of that 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are a categorical means of assuage and serious visible impairment; cataracts sojourn a heading means of blindness in middle- and low-income countries.

Around 100 million adults in India humour from refractive errors, heading to preventable blindness. Equally pathetic is a fact that over 10 million children, scarcely 5 per cent of all children, influenced by a problem.

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