Staff Correspondent

HUBLI: The Union Government, in association with Orbis International, MM Joshi Eye Institute and Deshpande Foundation, will set up “Vision Centres” at three places in Karnataka on a pilot basis.

Programme manager of Orbis International (India) Soumyabrata Guha and ophthalmic surgeon Krishnaprasad told presspersons here on Friday that the three centres would be set up at Akki Alur, Mundagod and Kushtagi as there had been a number of cases of children with eye problems.

Mr. Guha said that the “Vision Centres” would be tertiary eye-care centres at places where there were no eye care facilities. He said these centres would be at places having a population of around 50,000 but without proper eye-care facility. Dr. Krishnaprasad said that the centres would be run by an ophthalmic technician who, with the help of equipment, would be able to measure vision among children and refer them to nearest eye-care centres if they required further medical advice. “The centres are likely to be set up by November,” he said.