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Testing time for Thanjavur autorickshaw drivers

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Healthy drive: Doctors examining drivers at a free eye camp in Thanjavur on Saturday.
Healthy drive: Doctors examining drivers at a free eye camp in Thanjavur on Saturday.

G. Srinivasan

Letters were sent to 1,700 autorickshaw drivers to participate in the eye screening camp.

THANJAVUR: Hundreds of autorickshaws paraded at the Sri Besant Lodge here on Saturday. The autorickshaw drivers came there not in search of commuters but to test their eyes, thanks to the free eye screening camp jointly organised by the Tata Gold Plus and Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai.

After the drivers enrolled their names, they were examined by a team of doctors from Aravind Eye Hospital. The team comprised of Prateek Agarwal, Praveen Subudhi and G. Praveen Kumar. The doctors a preliminary check-up was carried out. If they had normal vision and were above 40 years of age, they would be sent for blood pressure check-up and ocular vision near-vision measurements.

In the case of drivers having abnormal vision, cause for the defect will be found out by putting them to refraction test. They will be prescribed either spectacles or cataract operation depending upon the defect.

700 expected

Tata Gold Plus staff said that they sent individual letters to 1,700 autorickshaw drivers in Thanjavur district about the camp.

They expect at least 700 participants.

Drivers, P. Gurusamy and M. Paramasivam, said that they were happy that such a camp was organised for them.

Medicines were given free of cost.

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