Shadow Minister Jason Wood distributes eye glasses for beneficiaries in India

“Initiatives such as these need the combined efforts of everyone so as to enable us make a positive impact on lives"

Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Jason Wood MP, who was recently in India distributed free spectacles at an event organized by India Vision Institute (IVI) for underprivileged people in Chennai.

Dr G Sivakumar, District Program Manager, District Blindness Control Society, K Elisha Madhu Kumar, Country Head and Chief Technology Officer, Amada Soft India, and IVI’s CEO Vinod Daniel were also present at the event.

The spectacles distributed are part of IVI’s vision screening campaign for over 4,230 underprivileged people during April-June this year. Vision screenings were organized in Chennai’s Kodambakkam, Chetpet, Santhome, Injambakkam, Ayyapakkam, Villivakkam, Perumalpattu, Medavakkam, and Velachery.

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Shadow Minister Jason Wood distributing eyeglasses in India

The campaign is supported by Amada Soft India, a software development company.

The screenings found 2,412 individuals required vision correction, and they will receive free spectacles, with 1,198 referred to hospital for further medical examinations.

Shadow Minister Wood, who is a Federal member from La Trobe in Victoria, said,

“I commend India Vision Institute for this great initiative. The work they are doing, providing eye care for the underprivileged community, is very noble, and I wish them to continue this journey throughout India.”

IVI’s CEO Vinod Daniel thanked Mr Wood for participating in the event.

“With improved vision from the IVI campaign, the underprivileged adults become more productive and improve their earning capability. It also helps reduce accidents and falls,” he said.

“Initiatives such as these need the combined efforts of everyone so as to enable us make a positive impact on lives, in addition to our work in enhancing the country’s Primary Eye Care Capacity by providing access to eye care services for underprivileged Indians and distributing free corrective glasses to those in need, IVI also focuses on advancing the optometry sector through capacity building initiatives, advocacy, and leadership development, as well as supporting young optometrists in career building and upskilling,” Mr Daniel added.

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Shadow Minister Jason Wood distributing eye glasses in India

According to IVI, since their inception, their vision screenings have reached 950,000 adults and children across 22 states in India with a focus on providing timely interventions in disadvantaged communities and remote areas.

They also prioritise vision and road safety by collaborating with corporates/organisations to conduct screenings and provide free spectacles for commercial vehicle drivers.

CEO of IVI, Vinod Daniel

Another significant aspect of their work is assisting and upskilling optometrists, who play a crucial role in delivering primary eye care services.

Through capacity-building initiatives, advocacy efforts, and leadership development programs, they aim to ensure that young optometrists are equipped to tackle the challenges they encounter in their careers and practice.

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