Vision disorders are the most prevalent handicapping condition in childhood. Important vision disorders include Amblyopia, Strabismus, Refractive errors, cataract and ocular disease. Studies indicate that 5 to 7% of school children have impaired vision due to refractive errors. Such children need to be identified and timely helped for correction of their refractive errors, so that they can see well and grow well to their full developmental potential. Vision screening has been recommended to identify children who would benefit from further vision care. It is therefore necessary for each school to have their own system of periodic vision checks of their students.

Activities:
  • Prior notice to the principal of the school is given.
  • Interested Teacher’s preferably lady with spectacles is called training at base hospital Dahod.Improvement in visual hygiene and a drastic change in food habits.
  • Drashti Netralaya reaches to the school on that day and screens all children with hands on training to teachers.
  • Defective children are referred to base base hospital Dahod for further management.
  • If surgery is needed, it is done free of cost at base hospital.
  • Follow up of all children of the same school done after six months by teachers.
  • Another follow up is done by Drashti Netralaya team yearly.
  • All the records of children are kept in hard copy with teachers as well as hard and soft copies at base hospital, Dahod.

Screening tests done by Drashti Netralaya are simple, reliable and valid. Performance of screening tests is optimized however with adequate training of teachers. Teachers training are thus mandatory for school screening program to be a success. Thus the teachers are roles or prevention of childhood blindness.

Children – The Future of Country
                                                                         Eye Screening of Urban School

Eye Screening of Rural Schools