Sankara Eye Hospital launches ‘Sankara College of Optometry’ in Bangalore

Sankara Eye Hospital launches ‘Sankara College of Optometry’ in Bangalore
Opens admissions for B.Sc Optometry courses for 2010-11

Bangalore, September 13, 2010: Sankara Eye Hospital, among India’s leading eye care institutes has set up ‘Sankara College of Optometry’ and announced the opening of admissions for a full time 4 year B.SC Optometry programme, for the academic year 2010-11. The college is providing education and training in optometric science, a niche and emerging specialization in healthcare and medicine. Students who have completed their 12th grade or II PUC with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Maths as their core subjects are eligible for the course, which includes a 1 year internship at the Sankare Eye Hospital. The intake per batch will be limited to 20 students and the first batch will commence from 16th October 2010.

The college has state of the art infrastructure with labs for Optics, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, classrooms with audiovisual facilities, library with internet access, specialty clinics in Occularistry, Low vision, Vision Therapy, Paediatric Optometry, Sports Vision and Contact Lenses, besides providing exposure to Optical & Fitting of prescription lenses. It is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Karnataka as well as national and International organizations like ASCO (Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry), WCO (World Council of Optometry) and IACLE (International Association of Contact Lens Educators).

Explaining the relevance of the specialized course, Dr Ramani, Head of the college Advisory board and Managing Trustee of Sankara Eye Hospital says, “With over one fourth of the world’s blind population in India, specialization in optometry and advanced world class curriculum in this area is much needed to help address the issue in the long term. Optometry is also a relevant and key specialization in the context of India emerging as a medical tourist destination. Sankara Eye Hospitals having provided eye care for more than 40 years and handled diverse and complex cases, we are well equipped to nurture and support academic specialization in this area and we will absorb relevant talent from the institute for our growing chain of hospitals across the country. ”
The Advisory Board of Sankara College of Optometry includes eminent leaders in optometry from across the world and the country, including Prof. Jeffery Cooper, Professor Clinical Optometry, State University of New York and Prof. James Sheedy, Professor, Director of Optometry Research, Pacific University besides others.

About Sankara Eye Care Institutions: Is a part of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust and since its inception in 1977, has been working towards a goal of ‘Vision for all by 2020’ and has successfully implemented numerous community outreach programmes in eyecare. Sankara is a full-fledged, affordable provider of quality eye treatment with 8 established state-of-the-art eye hospitals across India in Coimbatore, Krishnankoil, Guntur, Bangalore, Shimoga, Anand and Silvassa and 2 managed institutions at

Pammal and Rishikesh. The organization, in its existence over 33 years has provided quality eye care regardless of the socioeconomic considerations of the patients. To date, the Institution has performed over 6, 00,000 eye surgeries across the country and has screened over 35, 00,000 lakh children for eye ailments. Sankara has been recognized for its yeoman service to humanity, both in the country and internationally and has won many awards. Some of the awards are the ‘Namma Bengaluru Award 2010, in February, FICCI Healthcare Excellence Award in September 2009, India NGO Award 2008 and the Hospital Management Asia Award 2008. For more information, you can visit
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