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NOA imparts training to teachers from Kohima on vision checking

World Optometry Day

KOHIMA, MARCH 23: In a bid to identify students with vision problems and to generate awareness among parents, teachers and students about refractive error, school teachers from different schools in Kohima were trained on vision checking by the Nagaland Optometric Association (NOA) on the occasion of World Optometry Day at the Directorate of School Education, Kohima on March 22.

Sharing his experience from his childhood, Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C (IAS) talked about how he too experienced a defect in his vision and had to wear glasses from a young age.
He also said that common people are ignorant about vision problems and do not realize that more damage is done by straining one’s eye over a prolonged period without addressing it. Apropos to this, Shanavas expressed hope in the initiatives taken by NOA to train the teachers to give them a basic idea on how to check the vision of their students.
Shanavas further requested NOA to train teachers from other schools for the same so that the students would benefit the students in the long run.
Speaking at the event which was themed “Better vision for a better life”, NOA Member, Hitoli Khekhoto Jimo in her keynote address said “There are children who cannot access a simple eye exam and we all know the consequences of that. Today, on the occasion of World Optometry Day, the question we should be asking is “Are we reaching out to more patients efficiently while being cost effective?”
School teachers, being the one who plays a major part in the life of student is not only in a position to teach but with proper training and good knowledge of the Snellen Chart, they can also be the guide for the students in regard to discerning the quality of the vision of each individual students after which more assistance can be given to the student by recommending a change in the seating arrangement or by highlighting the problem to the guardian of the students so that it can be addressed promptly, explained Jimo.
While the general consensus of the day between the NOA, School Teachers from Kohima and the Directorate of School Education was to raise awareness of eye care among the public, NOA Member Jimo implored that the day was also an occasion to put the spotlight on Key eye care profession and the role of an optometrist in tackling Uncorrected Refractive Error, “which can be corrected with the help of an Optometrist.”
Pointing out that the main cause of vision impairment/vision loss is Uncorrected Refractive Errors (URE), Jimo also informed that the most common refractive errors, namely, myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Presbyopia can be corrected if addressed properly.
URE affects people of all ages and ethnic groups which results in loss of education, employment opportunities, lower productivity and degrade quality of life, she added.
Convenor of NOA, Porenthung Odyuo explained that Optometrist are primary health care specialists trained to examine the eyes to detect defects in vision, signs of injury, ocular diseases or abnormality and problems with general health.
He said that while most of the people tend to take Uncorrected Refractive Errors lightly, it is best to address the issue at the earliest so that the eye is not subjected to further injury. Given the fact that the teachers spent lots of hours inside the classroom, we thought it prudent to tie up with the school teachers where they can be sensitized on the existence of defective vision of the eye and to further train them on how to address the issue, he added.
Speaking to the gathering on the visual acuity of children in schools, Odyuo informed that the millions of children aged 5-15 were visually impaired from uncorrected or inadequately corrected refractive error.

While giving a demonstration on how to use a “Snellen Chart”, Odyuo also shared the effects of not addressing the different forms of URE (Uncorrected Refractive Errors). Impact of an uncorrected myopia will cause blurry vision, copying notes from bench mates, spelling and grammar errors, which may lead to further isolation and fewer opportunities and limited educational performance and success. (Page News Service)