Bausch + Lomb India in association with the Optometry Council of India launched the Eye Screening Protocol for Government School Children as a part of Bausch + Lombs CSR program named, Experience Vision. The launch held on March 23rd, coincided with World Optometry Day, which is celebrated globally to create awareness about optometry as a profession.
With approximately 30% of Indias population being children, uncorrected refractive errors and childhood blindness are known to be among the leading causes of vision impairment. The program, Experience Vision aims to increase eye care awareness among the school going children and educate them regarding refractive errors and common eye ailments. As an extension to the program, the Eye Screening Protocol is designed to detect and diagnose such eye conditions in children.
Present at the launch, Mr. Sanjay Bhutani, Managing Director Bausch + Lomb India Pvt Ltd. said, Bausch + Lomb is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Optometrists being the primary eye care professionals believe in protecting and enhancing the gift of sight. On this special day we choose to unveil our important initiative in India for improving the way children of India will see in future.
Mr. Bhutani, Managing Director Bausch + Lomb India Pvt Ltd. Further added, We believe the eye screening protocol has the potential to become the Gold standard in India for eye screening in children and community in time to come. We suggest all optometrists to take active part in public health by utilizing these tools developed to enhance eye care delivery in India and work to improve eye care at community level to help make an India which can see better to live better.
Lakshmi Shinde, CEO Optometry Council of India said, We are proud to launch the school screening protocol developed as part of the Experience Vision program which is a CSR project of Bausch & Lomb India. Optometry Council of India (OCI) formulated a core committee of experts to arrive at this eye screening protocol. This protocol suits the demands of minimal usage of dilatation drops where necessary, laid emphasis on binocular vision, colour vision and diagnosis of the condition at screening site. This screening protocol will be executed in this year to screen 15000 students across the country. As the Vision of OCI is to provide excellence in optometric education and equitable eye care services, this protocol will live up to that vision
About Bausch and Lomb:
Bausch and Lomb is the market leader in contact lenses and lens care solutions in India. The company has a global history spanning more than 160 years and has always been dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world. Our world class contact lens offerings span the entire spectrum of wearing modalities and include such well-known brand names as Ultra, Biotrue, PureVision-2, Soflens and Lacelle in the coloured contact lenses segment.