Community Activities of the Elite School of Optometry

A Comprehensive Eye Screening for people in Old age home 

Screening camps for adults generally concentrate on checking vision and a preliminary assessment for cataract. But GOOD study (Geriatric Outreach and Ocular Diagnosis) ensures that the comprehensive evaluation provided inside the hospital premises is available at the old age homes. The first Home that was covered under this project was Sri Sathya Narayana Charitable Trust, Nanmangalam, conducted on the 15th of August 2021.

The services included:

a) A detailed history of the patient’s ocular and systemic conditions 
b) Screening and testing for refractive errors (Need for spectacles) 
c) Screening for other ocular problems like cataract, Conjunctival and corneal degenerations 
d) Screening for the “Silent killers of sight” – glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy

Other Activities

  1. Screening for general health conditions
  2. Questionnaire on cognitive assessment and visual function assessment
  3. Fun activities with the inmates

Report on the screening: 
Total Number of People Screened – 43
Number of Given Spectacles – 14
Number of Referrals – 16
Cataract – 6
Cornea – 1
Glaucoma – 2
Oculoplasty – 0
Posterior Capsular Opacity – 2
Retina – 3
Squint – 0
Neuro – 1
Rehabilitation – 1

SNEHAM: (Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital Anjali to Mahatma)

SNEHAM is a special community project aimed at the villages of Thiruvannamalai. This unique project was started in 2020 commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma. Comprehensive vision screening for three villages in Thiruvannamali district included the provision of free spectacles, surgical services and other specialty services to the villagers. Highlight of the camp included provision of services by stationing in every village for 3-4 days, in person distribution of spectacles, and choice of surgical services either at Chennai or our secondary centre, Suraj Sankara Nethralaya at Thiruvannamalai.

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