The Visakhapatnam campus of LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) will launch a campaign among schoolchildren here on Thursday on prevention of blindness among children.
As part of the campaign, the first awareness meeting will be held on the city campus located at Adarshnagar in association with Symbiosys Technologies.
According to the estimates by the World Health Organisation, there are about 1.5 million blind children in the world, of which 1.3 million live in Asia and Africa, and 75 per cent of all causes are either preventable or curable.
Major causes of impaired vision in children are refractive errors, cataracts and amblyopia (lazy eye). By undergoing periodic check-up, childhood blindness could be prevented to a large extent, said ophthalmologist Virender Sachdeva. He, along with his colleague Rekha Gunturu, will make presentations on prevention of childhood blindness.
At the workshops proposed by the LVPEI, children will be educated about parts of the eye, how it functions, and simple tips by which they could screen and possibly identify potential eye problems.
Eye check-up for children of school-going age, which is popular in western countries, is yet to catch up in India.
Symbiosys Technologies CEO Naresh Kumar will speak at the first workshop.
The first awareness meeting will be held on city campus at Adarshnagar Children to be educated about parts of eye
The first awareness meeting will be held on city campus at Adarshnagar
Children to be educated about parts of eye