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Eye-opener: Principal District and Sessions Judge S. Thangakani, left, inagurating free eye screening camp in Tiruchi on Monday.
Eye-opener: Principal District and Sessions Judge S. Thangakani, left, inagurating free eye screening camp in Tiruchi on Monday.

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Developing some minor ailment or other in vision has been part of professional hazard for the lawyers, judicial officers and court staff including bench-clerk, typists and copyists. Over the years, they have been reading law-books, journals, or documents. Too much strain for their eyes often results in some defect in their vision. The fact that not many of them are fully aware of the defect is more surprising.

The Women Advocates’ Association, Tiruchi, which promptly identified the problem, organised a free eye camp on the campus of the District Court on Monday.

The camp, which was conducted in co-ordination with the Vasan Eye Care Hospital, brought to light the fact that several court staff and advocates – who had not undergone eye check-up so far, needed spectacles for the purpose of a stress-free reading of papers.

“In all, 755 persons including the litigant public, were screened. We recommended the compulsory use of spectacles for as many as 150 persons,” says T. Jayanthi Ranee, a senior advocate, who co-ordinated the camp. More importantly, another 25 persons were referred for cataract surgery.

Inaugurating the camp, the Principal District and Sessions Judge, S. Thangakani appreciated the efforts taken by the Association. He underlined the importance of eye care measures. The Additional District and Sessions Judge, V. Ramamurthi, said that the court staff, advocates and the judicial officers had to spend several hours daily for an alert reading and verification of various documents. Strenuous effort caused stress. The president and vice-president of the Association, N. Chellam Tamizharasan,M. Chitra and Consultant Ophthalmologist (Cornea) from Vasan Eye Care Hospital, K. Sreejith, spoke.

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