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Awareness session on ensuring eye care and hygiene during COVID 19 and beyond

Venue: Shanti Ashram Via Online Platform
Date: 28th October 2020

Awareness session

Ensuring eye care and hygiene during COVID 19 and beyond

    A joint initiative of two committed partners ICPH & Aravind Eye Hospital, collaborating for the following goals:

  • • To bring quality pediatric ophthalmic care to children in vulnerable communities
  • • During COVID 19 and increased screen exposure, to bring to children practical ways to ensure eye care and hygiene
  • • To identify vulnerable children with refractive errors
  • • For children requiring correction, follow-up care and provision of spectacles

Over a billion children are at home and not in the classroom even as the COVID 19 Pandemic unfolds says UNICEF.
As COVID-19 brings uncertainty, stress for children, parents and teachers, it’s time we foster mechanisms that support them. With the changing face of educational systems and processes, it is important to acknowledge the systemic and structural underpinnings of teacher and educator stress that are very unique to this time period 0f COVID 19.

With COVID-19 in our lives, the beginning of this academic year looks a whole lot different for those involved in school systems — from teachers, parents, students as well as school administrators. The sudden shift to online learning has seen a restructuring in the way content is curated and delivered, and a rapid change in the job roles and expectations of teachers and of students (Source: First Post). Spending too many hours staring at a screen can cause eye strain. Children are already complaining about dry eyes, eye pain and fatigue. We do know, one tends to blink less while staring at the blue light from a screen, and the movement of the screen makes your eyes work harder to focus. We typically do not position the screen at an ideal distance or angle, which can cause added strain. But to answer the questions that children have about online learning, screen exposure and ways to ensure better care, here is a joint educational platform that the International Center for Child Health & Aravind Eye Hospital has created.

Come ready with your QUESTIONS!

International Center for Child and Public Health in collaboration with Aravind Eye Hospital has jointly screened over 4510 children for low-vision and refractive errors in the community itself between 2017 and 2020.

Profile of the Speaker:
Dr.Amrutha Sindhu completed MBBS from AIMS. She did her post graduation in ophthalmology from Coimbatore Medical College and DNB from Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore.

She is currently working as Medical Consultant in Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology in Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore.

Areas of expertise include treatment of childhood eye disorders with special interest in Paediatric Neurological eye disorders, squint and cataract.

More details: Parental-awarness-on-care-of-children-during-COVID-19-Session-1.pdf


Time Events
03.00 pm Context setting:
Dr.Subhadra Iyengar, Coordinator, Public Health Desk, ICPH
03.05 pm Introduction of the speakers:
Dr.Jayanthi Ramesh, Chief Pediatrician, ICPH
03.10 pm Ensuring eye care and hygiene during COVID 19 and beyond
Dr.Amrutha Sindhu, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Aravind Eye Hospital
03.40 pm Q & A led by
Shri.Vijayaragavan, Head, Youth Leadership Programme, Shanti Ashram
04.00 pm Concluding Remarks:
Dr.Kezevino Aram, President, Shanti Ashram