Huge eye disorder prevalence in India: Subramanian

Chennai, July 9 (UNI) Ma.Subramanian, Minister of Health and Family Welfare of Tamil Nadu

said today that there is a huge prevalence of eye disorders in India.

According to the World Health Organization, the country has about 12 million blind people.

people and another 450 million needing vision correction, he said, while

inaugurating IIRSI-2022, the 37th Convention for Intraocular Implantation and Refractive Surgery,

and India’s largest platform focused on Preventive Blindness Treatment, Intraocular Lens (IOL) Implantation and Refractive Eye Surgery here.

He said that “India leads the world in terms of the number of people per million who are visually

altered. However, a large proportion of eye problems and blindness can be prevented with

early diagnosis and treatment”

“India needs to invest much more in creating eye care infrastructure to help achieve

the benefits of scientific advances for every citizen,” he added.

Emphasizing that South India, especially Tamil Nadu, has always been a forerunner

in health specialties, including ophthalmology, Subramanian said the state hosts

many leading ophthalmological institutes where budding ophthalmologists are embedded

with advanced skills and technology vanish and serve different parts of the country.

Conferences like IIRSI play a very important role in improving the skills of the Indian eye

surgeons. This platform can enable physicians to learn and have an advantage in treatment

patients with the latest technologies. It may also play a role in the development of

new methods for restoring vision and managing chronic ocular complications »

he said.

This two-day annual convention of IIRSI, an association of ophthalmologists in India,

saw the participation of more than 2500 ophthalmologists from across the country and more

200 expert speakers and foreign participants.

Padma Shri Prof. Dr Mahipal S Sachdev, Dr Lalit Verma, President of All India

Scientific Committee of the Society of Ophthalmology (AIOS), Dr Namrata Sharma,

Professor of Ophthalmology, AIIMS Delhi, and Dr. Ragini Parekh, Chairman,

Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India (IIRSI) and Prof. Amar Agarwal,

Secretary General – IIRSI were among those present.

The convention will host sessions on ‘Path Forward In Cataract and Refractive

Surgery’, ophthalmic progress, ophthalmic surgery, Yo-ophthalmology, among


There will be live surgical telecast sessions from Dr. Agarwal Eye Hospital;

symposia on topics such as the anterior segment and difficult cases,

in addition, a special session of the Indian Society of Cornea and Refractive Kerato


The convention will also include lectures by foreign professors, sessions for young

ophthalmologists, Wet Lab practical courses, first ophthalmic league

competition, court-martial in ophthalmology, IIRSI film festival award ceremony,

IFFA and IIRSI photography contest.

Awards to expert ophthalmologists from India and abroad will be given

during the event.

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