The world’s visually impaired will be the subject of some serious discussion at the forthcoming second World Congress of Optometry in Hyderabad. Preventable blindness and eye care delivery as a public health issue is of paramount importance to tackling the problem. The Hyderabad congress, from 11-13 September, will address issues of blindness, refractive error, and vision care as an integral component of public health. It will be one of the largest gatherings of optometrists, health professionals, and public health specialists. The congress is hosted by the World Council of Optometry, Asia Pacific Council of Optometry, and the India Vision Institute.
Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, is the conference chair. Professor Naidoo is associated with several universities, including in Australia and the US. Professor Naidoo said, “this conference brings together world leading experts in Public Health and clinical care. The program is aimed at addressing the twin challenge of quality care and access.” “We are really glad to host this in India as India has made tremendous strides in terms of creating access through civil society organisations and government. Concurrently optometry is growing at a rapid pace in India and the challenge of quality of care is brought into increased focus,” Professor Naidoo added. The congress will deliberate key issues of preventable blindness, skill development and training optometrists, and vision care delivery as an integral element of public health.