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The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 recognizes low vision as a category of disability. In lay terms, such individuals need assistive devices beyond standard refractive correction to lead a productive life or for that matter even mobility. Without the availability of such devices , they would be labelled as blind! An Indian study estimated that the prevalence of low vision is 1.05% of the entire population meaning a low vision population of 10 million. Unfortunately, the science and the rigor of low vision assessment and dispensing of assistive devices is yet to gain popularity amongst both Ophthalmologists and Optometrists.

To Correct this anomaly, Sightsavers has launched National Low Vision Project from 2014 ,Dr.Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital has been chosen as the implementing partner.

Focusing on capacity building, the project envisage to start and strengthen low vision services across 21 participating hospitals across UP, Punjab MP,Rajasthan,Maharashtra,Bihar,Goa, Chatisgarh,Arunachal Pradesh,Manipur,Meghalaya,J&K, West Bengal & Assam . Capacity building involves Education of professionals, creation of low vision clinics, provision for low vision devices for dispensing and handholding of the practice. The project was started with a education programme in october 2012 at Dr SCEH for the ophthalmologists from the selected Institutes. Over 2013, ,Optometrists deputed from partners will be trained on low vision assessment and dispensing at Vivekananda Mission Ashram Hospital ( West Bengal); Lotus College of Optometry ( Mumbai); ICARE Institute ( Noida) and Dr.Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital ( New Delhi).

For any further information, please write to Ms.Soniya Srivastava, Lead Project Manager at

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