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LVPEI opens two eye care centres

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VISKAHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam branch of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute proposes to open 30 primary eye care centres in three north-coastal Andhra districts by 2013 and as part of that it opened the first two on Monday.

The first two vision centres were opened at Chodavaram in Visakhapatnam district and Srungavarapukota in Vizianagaram district and from now on every three months it would open two centre in one of the districts with a trained vision technician to man the centre.

In the next phase, Gajapathinagaram, Araku, and a couple in Srikakulam district were being readied for inauguration.

At a press conference here the LVPEI representatives said that while the one in Chodavaram was opened at Premasamajam, the centre at S. Kota was opened at the Bapuji Community Hall near Prakasam Market.

These centres would remain open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at which the vision technician would conduct a comprehensive eye examination and prescribe glasses and refer those who require surgical intervention of other complicated procedures to the base hospital here.

For ten vision centres a secondary level centre would be opened in future to conduct cataract and regular procedures with all facilities taking the eye care closer to the people. Glasses would also be sold at the centres and children screened at their schools would be provided glasses free-of-cost under a sponsorship programme.

Training

A person from the local community would be chosen to under a six-month training at LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad and then a practical training at the base hospital here before he is deployed the vision centre.

Aim of the project was to provide eye care to at least one million people in the three districts.

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