World Optometry Day has always been an occasion for the Elite School of Optometry (ESO-run by Sankara Nethralaya in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) to demonstrate its concern care for society. Right from its early days, ESO has taken small steps to create awareness about eye care among the public, through exhibitions, rallies, interactive sessions, competitions for schools and vision screening.
This year, in a different move to raise awareness among the public on various ocular problems like Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma, a door to door campaign by the students of Optometry was arranged in the residential areas of Nanganallur on Sunday the 7th April 2013, between 9:00am and 11:30am. Student and faculty members of ESO went on a door to door and explained about Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma, as the symptoms and critical implications of these conditions are yet to reach the public in large. They also distributed brochures, about these conditions, eye donation forms and conducted a “Glaucoma and Diabetic Retinopathy-Are you at risk?” survey.
Imbibing the culture and value of “social accountability” from its alma mater Sankara Nethralaya, the Elite School of Optometry with its 140 members as 15 teams, spread the light of eye care awareness among 1020 families in Nanganallur. The Elite School of Optometry and –Sankara Nethralaya conduct free eye camp for the public on the second Sunday of every month between 8.00 am. and 1.00 pm in the Nanganallur Anjaneya temple premises.