With concentrate on ‘Quality vision and eye health’, World Congress of Optometry begins in Hyderabad

By: IANS Hyderabad Printed:September 12, 2017 12:30 pm

World Congress of Optometry begins in Hyderabad to deal with what causes blindness.(Source: file)

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The 2nd World Congress of Optometry started here on Monday to go over new ideas and share research and understanding about various areas of Optometry.

Over 1,200 delegates comprising optometrists, researchers, educators, students and health care professionals from around the globe were attending the 3-day event.

Deliberations will concentrate on the way forward for Optometry, upgrading Optometrists’ skills, in addition to developing clinical and professional understanding and skills.

The biennial congress is really a World Council of Optometry (WCO) initiative organised together with the Asia Off-shore Council of Optometry (APCO) and also the India Vision Institute (IVI).

The conference theme is “Accessible, quality vision and eye health”, which ties in to the WHO’s ‘Universal eye health: A worldwide plan of action 2014-2019’ which aims to lessen the prevalence of avoidable visual impairment by 25 percent by 2019.

WCO envisions completing this task by putting a powerful and equitable eye health system within which Optometry plays an invaluable and essential role, the organisers stated.

Professor Kovin Naidoo, Chief executive officer from the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Nigeria, may be the chair from the conference.

A few of the world’s leading practitioners and professionals, including seven keynote loudspeakers can make presentations. You will see discussions and presentations on cutting-edge research and clinical practice. The educator’s track will offer you participants a platform to go over and shape optometric education worldwide.

Keynote loudspeakers 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 Worldwide Programs, Colonial College of Optometry, Boston Dr Sandra S. Block, Faculty, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago and Dr Peter G Swann, QUT, Queensland, Australia & Visiting Professor, School of Optometry, Hong Kong.

WHO estimates 285 million to become visually impaired, which 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. Globally, uncorrected refractive errors would be the primary reason for more persistant visual impairment cataracts remain the key reason for blindness in middle- and occasional-earnings countries.

Around 100 million adults in India are afflicted by refractive errors, resulting in avoidable blindness. Equally distressing is always that over ten million children, nearly 5 percent of children, impacted by the issue.

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