Women and Eye-Health


16 Apr 2021


03:30 pm to 04:30 pm (Indian Standard Time)




Women and Eye-Health

India Vision Institute in association with Vision Plus Magazine is organising a panel discussion on “Women and Eye-Health”

Worldwide, the prevalence of vision loss is more in women (55%) than men (45%). Women’s longevity and their restricted access to eye health care services due to socio-economic conditions and cultural beliefs are probable reasons for this gender inequality in vision loss.

The discussion aims to deliberate on women and the most prevalent eye health issues among them, barriers to access eye health care services, and the economic and social benefits a pair of spectacles will bring. It will discuss ways to raise awareness of the importance of vision among women.

Who can attend

Optometry students, practitioners, educators and others interested

Panellists: This panel will be moderated by Vinod Daniel – CEO of the India Vision Institute
Dr Anuradha Narayana
Principal-Elite School of Optometry, 

Program In-charge (School Children Eye Health) 
Sankara Nethralaya

Dr Anuradha is currently the Principal of Elite School of Optometry, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India. She is also the Program in charge of school children eye health and Community Optometry projects run by Sankara Nethralaya. Dr Anuradha Narayanan obtained her Bachelor of Optometry from Elite School of Optometry in collaboration with Birla Institute of Technology and Science,(BITS) Pilani and Doctorate degrees from Elite School of Optometry, India and SASTRA University. 
She was instrumental in Sankara Nethralaya receiving the ‘SN Shah Vision 2020 award’ for her services towards woman and child eye health. She is the recipient of the “Best Researcher in Optometry” – Dr Narasimhan Memorial Award and “Best Researcher – Clinical Science in Ophthalmology” – Ruby Banik Award 2016-17. She is also the awardee of the ”Woman of the Year-2019”, ‘Outstanding Optometrist of the year award, Best Junior Faculty 2009-10 and Best Senior Faculty Award 2015-16 from Medical Research Foundation.


Dr Preethi Pradhan 
Chitkara School of Health Sciences
Chitkara University

Dr Preethi is a Healthcare Management Professional with 25 plus years of experience. She has completed her Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and holds a PhD in Health Policy & Management from IIT Madras. She is currently the Dean, Chitkara School of Health Sciences, Chitkara University. 
She has worked for over a decade at the WHO Collaborating Centre Aravind Eye Care System. While at Aravind, she headed the initiative to form a centralised Human Resources Department as well as the training & capacity building division, at the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology. She also has prior experience with the Institute of Health Management, Pachod in Pune as well as a stint with the Surat Medical College in their Community Medicine department. She is renowned for her commitment and dedication to raising the teaching standards in higher education set up.



Ms Prema K Chande
Lotus College of Optometry

Prema K Chande is an Optometrist who graduated in 1992 from the Elite School of Optometry and presently a PhD Scholar at Chitkara University in Chandigarh. She works as faculty of Lotus College of Optometry since 2000 and Consultant Optometrist at Roshni Eye Care. She is the principal investigator for several community eye health projects like Sight for Kids, Mumbai Eye Care Campaign and Mumbai Childhood Blindness program. She is also a board member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), Optometry Council of India (OCI) and a US-based NGO called Visual Compassions. She represents India, on the World Council of Optometry’s Public Health Committee and Task Force member of proposed Allied Health Care Council of India, by the Ministry of Family Health and Welfare. 
Prema Chande is the recipient of the International Educator of the Year 2016 award for Asia Pacific Region, by IACLE, Australia, Excellence in Ophthalmology and Vision Award 2017, by Novartis Pharma AG, Vocational Excellence Award by Rotary Club of Bombay Seacoast in 2018 and Best Optometrist of the Year Award 2018 by Elite School of Optometry, Chennai.

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