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Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle- and low-income countries
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CBM India joins Dr. RP Center to establish an exclusive wing for Low Vision

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On March 10, 2015, Dr.Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences (Dr. R P Centre), New Delhi launched CBM-RPC Disability Inclusive Eye Health Programme in partnership with CBM India.

CBM-RPC Disability Inclusive Eye Health Programme is flagged off by Dr. Nata Menabde, WHO Representative, India, in the presence of Prof. M. C. Misra, Director AIIMS New Delhi, Prof. Y. R. Sharma, Chief of Dr. R P Centre, Dr. Sara Varughese, Regional Director CBM and other delegates.

The vision of this programme is ‘Empowering people with low vision disability to restore their independency and enhance their quality of life through state-of-the-art adaptive training and rehabilitation services’.

During the inauguration section, Prof. Radhika Tandon, Chairperson of Low Vision & Rehabilitation Committee, Dr. R P Centre, shared the need of continuum of care of referred patients. She also said this programme is very important, especially in northern part of India since low vision and  rehabilitation service is not available widely. Under this programme, the twin models, i.e., medical and social model of low vision care will be adopted.

Dr. Suraj Senjam presented the importance of social components while managing low vision disabled patients. Dr.Rohit Saxena explained about various types of low vision aids and their advancement in the current plethora of low vision science. Dr.Vanathi added that the rehabilitation of patients with complex corneal disorder is another very new and important aspect of the programme.

Through this programme CBM and Dr. R P Center aim to reach out to around 3000 persons in a year.

CBM- RPC Disability Inclusive Eye Health Programme

Most of the people with low vision are considered as persons with blindness. Children with low vision are enrolled in special schools and trained in braille and provided with blind stick. Persons with low vision can perform better with assistive devices and rehabilitation training. It is estimated that less than 5% of people needing low-vision care have access to it. 

Through this programme CBM and Dr. R P Centre aim to address the needs of persons with low vision beyond medical intervention. Free low vision aids including optical and non-optical aids will be distributed to the poor and needy patients.
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Highlights of 2nd T20 World Cup for blind 2017 finals

The highlights of T20 World Cup for the blind finals held at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru, India


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