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Time to Distinguish Low Vision from Blindness

From left Mr. Parvez Bilimoria, Dr.Sara Varughese, Mr. N.P. Pandya and Ms.Sujaya Krishnan released Low Vision Guidelines.
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From left to right - Mr. Parvez Bilimoria, Executive Director, HV. Desai Eye Hospital, Pune; Dr.Sara Varughese, Regional Director, CBM South Asia Regional Office; Mr. N.P. Pandya, President, Poona Blind Men’s Association, Pune and Ms.Sujaya Krishnan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

On 15th November 2013, CBM in collaboration with other stakeholders is pleased to announce the release of ‘Guidelines for comprehensive management of Low Vision in India’. The manual provides relevant information and guidelines to medical practitioners, health care institutions and development organisations to cater to the needs of people with Low Vision

Comprehensive Management Guidelines

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Guidelines for Comprehensive Management of Low Vision in India
On 15th November 2013, CBM in collaboration with Sightsavers, Vision 2020: The Right to Sight – India and Lotus School of Optometry is pleased to announce the release of ‘Guidelines for Comprehensive Management of Low Vision in India’. The manual is developed to provide information and guidelines to medical practitioners and address the need of children and adults with low vision

In India around 50% of children enrolled in blind schools are not blind, but are children with low vision. These children have no choice, but to learn braille and depend on audio aids. The lives of people with low vision will be different if adequate training and appropriate devices are made available to them

The Low Vision Manual

The manual is developed to equip medical professionals, Institutions and development organisations with sufficient knowledge in the field of low vision. The manual will explore topics like definitions of low vision, causes, magnitude, assessment methodologies, barriers and opportunities in providing low vision services and case studies. The manual also covers rehabilitation of persons with low vision and assistive devices in detail. This manual will provide guidelines and outline minimum standards for low vision services at primary, secondary and tertiary levels

Low Vision Scenario in India

India has made significant progress in the prevention of avoidable Blindness. However, Low Vision has remained a low priority and only 5 – 10% of persons with Low Vision access appropriate services. The lack of access to Low Vision services, results in children with low vision studying in blind schools and being taught braille instead of using their residual vision. Ageing and increasing longevity will also increase the numbers of those with conditions that result in low vision. The number of people living with vision loss will increase over the coming decades. The needs of working-age individuals who lose sight, children growing up with vision loss and the elderly all need to be addressed
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