SN Doorstep Eye care for Elders and Differently Abled (SN DEED)

India’s 75th Independence Day, 15th August 2022, marks the auspicious occasion of the inauguration of the Sankara Nethralaya Doorstep Eye care for Elderly and Differently-abled (SN DEED) inaugurated by Dr. Ravi, Retd DGP, in the presence of Dr. T. S. Surendran, Vice Chairman and Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Sankara Nethralaya under the guidance of Dr. R. Krishnakumar, Freelance Optometrist and Visiting Faculty, Sankara Nethralaya by the Optometry Department of SN.

Eye disease and visual impairment are frequently encountered in the elderly population. Visual impairment may be associated with social and functional decline, use of community support services, depression, falls, nursing home placement and increased mortality. With the elderly population increasing in India, it is important to enhance our eye care services to the elderly. Experiences have shown that senior citizens find it difficult to visit eye care centers to access eye care services because of their dependency on others. Therefore, Sankara Nethralaya’s DEED initiative to offer eye care services at the homes of the elderly will reach those who are in need of this service. Through this initiative, those who need further care at the hospital premises can be helped through Fast Track channel.

Sankara Nethralaya’s DEED eye examination includes:

Detailed History taking ocular and systemic illness including FALLS
Vision check
Lensometry (Glass power check)
Refraction (Eye power check)
Extra ocular Movement
Pupillary Examination
Intra Ocular pressure (Eye pressure check using Tonopen)
Anterior Segment evaluation (Hand held slit lamp Biomicroscope)
Posterior segment (retina) evaluation (using Non Mydriatic Fundus camera)
Glass prescription
Optical dispensing

Voice of patient
Patient Name Saroja Raman (83 years old)

“Felt we were in the hospital with all the procedures done in detail. Wish this project reaches to public and serves all elders”

If a patient requires further intervention from Ophthalmologists- the SN DEED coordinator will facilitate a tele consultation with an ophthalmologist or appointment will be scheduled at hospital.

For appointment with SN DEED (Eye care at home for your beloved elders and /or Differently abled family members kindly contact the Coordinator Contact

Phone No: 9380240750 (9 am to 5.00pm)

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