Over 100 students from different nationalities graduated from various optometry programmes under the Sankara Academy of Vision. The Sankara College of Optometry, affiliated to the RGUHS, is among the top rated colleges of Optometry in India, and have students from Nepal, Srilanka and Middle East, apart from India.
Addressing the students at the convocation, Prof. Curtis Backstrom, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development said, ‘To achieve excellence in optometry, one requires hard work, diligence and the need to be empathetic. In this era, medical learning, particularly for optometry should not be limited to just theories and practical classes, students should be taught the skills of adaptability in this rapidly changing digital world. It is exciting to see Sankara College of Optometry with eminent faculty having moulded the best optometrists in India by leveraging the latest technology and infrastructure’
Prof. Aditya Goyal, Sankara College of Optometry said, ‘Over the past decade we have ensured our students have access to the best of equipment’s, infrastructure in our laboratory and clinical exposure to enable them to be confident on completion of the course. We are proud to have secured most of the top ranks in the university exam and also drive innovation and research’.
The event also saw the presence of Dr Kaushik Murali, President, Sankara Eye Foundation India. Prof Babu Noushad, University of Buraimi and Mrs Lakshmi Shinde, Global Educator IACLE.
What made the day unique was that there were 2 parallel continuing medical education initiatives over the day that benefitted over 100+ optometrists and 20 faculties in optometry. While Prof. Baxtrom helped the audience unravel aspects of how neurological aspects can be used in vision therapy, Prof Noushad helped the faculty with tools that could enable outcome based education.
Optometrists are trained over a 4 year programme to treat, manage and correct disorders and diseases of the visual system, the eye and its associated structures. Scope of An Optometrist includes being an independent clinical practitioner, working as a clinician in eye hospitals, be placed in multi-national companies or as a research scholar or an academician.