Close on the screening camp for the elders and senior citizens on Independence Day, it was eye screening for the future citizens of the nation, the Elite School of Optometry in association with the Sri Srinivasa Sankara Nethralaya and the Tiirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam conducted a massive eye screening camp for children at Tirupati on 17th August, 2012.
The programme was inaugurated by Shri L V Subhramanyam (EO – TTD) in the presence of Dr C Prabhakar (CMO –TTD), Dr S. Kumaraswamy (SMO –TTD), Dr P V Vishnu (Ophthalmologist – SSSN), Shri N D J Renganath (Advisor – SSSN) & other dignitaries.
A dedicated team of Optometrists & Optometry students led by Dr R.Krishna Kumar (Principal–ESO) and ably assisted by Ms.N.Anuradha, Lecturer, Vision Screening Coordinator, Elite School of Optometry formed themselves into 6 groups, each headed by an optometrist and spread into different directions to cover 10 schools. The camp had an overwhelming response and a total of 3427 school children from across 10 schools were successfully screened in a single day.
While 112 students found to be needing spectacles were prescribed the same on the spot, 54 children were referred to the base hospital for the following eye ailments
1 Cataract/ Aphakia/PCO 6
2 Neuro Clinic 3
3 Cornea 4
4 Squint 9
5 Oculoplasty 4
6 Cycloplegic Refraction 6
7 Pediatric Clinic 1
8 Orthoptics 1
9 Retina/ Further evaluation 20
The screening camp was co-ordinated by Shri Suresh Kumar, Manager, Projects, Sankara Nethralaya and the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam made excellent arrangements including stay, food, local logistics and a wonderful Darshan of Lord Balaji for the entire group.