The 66th Independence Day of the nation celebrated recently became a day of significance to many who had lived during that time and witnessed India becoming a free country that many years back. The Elite School of Optometry in association with the Indian Bank conducted a special eye screening camp for senior citizen patrons of the Indian Bank, Mylapore Branch and senior citizen residents in the neighborhood. A total of 84 elders were thoroughly screened at the camp held on the 15th of August, 2012, at the bank’s premises. Exhaustive tests to ascertain ophthalmic history including refraction, anterior segment examination using hand held slit lamp, measurement of intraocular pressure through non contact method and retina evaluation using a Non Mydriatic Fundus Camera were performed.
Out of the total of 84 senior citizens screened, 26 were found needing spectacles and prescribed with the same on the spot, 9 members were diagnosed as suffering from Glaucoma, 4 members were diagnosed as needing Retinal surgery and 19 members were diagnosed as needing Cataract surgery and referred to the base hospital for further evaluation and treatment.