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      Laxmi College of Optometry
      • Started in 1999 with the primary aim to produce optometrist for self
      • Started with Diploma course of 3 years affiliated to Federation of Ophthalmic Research and Education, New Delhi
      • No degree course was available in Maharashtra at that time
      • YCMOU came out with 4 year degree course in Optometry in 2006
      • Same year LCO got recognition for the same
      • Switched over to degree from diploma in 2006
      • In 2010 LCO got recognized by Maharashtra State for MCVC 2 years course of Diploma in Ophthalmic Techniques
      • Started with 3 students in 1999 in a batch
      • Had to work very hard to create an awareness about optometry as a profession and the scope
      • Had to work hard to get students. Could not get full strength till current year
      • Emphasis in practical training along with theory was always the plus point of LCO
      • Courses at Laxmi college of Optometry
        • 4 years Degree course includes one year Paid Internship affiliated to Yashwantrao Chaven Maharashtra Open University. Eligibility – 12th Science with minimum 50% Marks


      Background
      • Laxmi Charitable Trust – a parent body of Laxmi College of Optometry – founded by eminent Ophthalmic Surgeon – Dr. Suhas Haldipurkar in 1999, with the aim to provide quality eye care to one & all.
      • 75% of total population of Raigad District is in rural area, where access to even primary eye care is very rare.
      • This emphasizes the need of community outreach program to provide primary eye care.
      • This can be achieved by conducting eye camps and setting up primary eye care centers in rural area.
      • Trained personnel is the necessity of such activities.
      • Laxmi Charitable Trust since 1999 have conducted 1012 free eye camps and has performed more than 26000 free cataract surgeries.
      • Laxmi College of Optometry is able to provide some of the trained personnel required for such activities of the Trust
      • To produce such trained personnel to provide eye care to all is the main aim of Laxmi College of Optometry.

      What is Optometry
      • A primary health care professional for the eye.
      • Optometry is an independent primary health care profession which emphasis on prevention and remediation of disorders of visual system through examination, diagnosis and treatment of visual disorders
      • Three O’s in eye care
        • Ophthalmologist- Medical Doctor specializing in eye disease and surgery
        • Optometrist - Primary eye care provider
        • Optician -Fit, grind and dispense spectacles

      Need of Optometrist
      • Under Vision 2020 program WHO has a goal to provide workable vision to all by treating avoidable blindness till year 2020
      • To achieve this we require 2 ophthalmologists and 10 Optometrist per 1,00,000 population

      Present Scenario in India
      • Requirement of Optometrists: 1,16,000
      • Available optometrist: Approx. 40,000+
      • Bachelors optometrist: 2,500
      • With the present number the goal is very far
      • The nation needs to produce many more qualified optometrist to cater primary eye care
      • Many more number of optometry colleges are required to produce more optometrists
      • Total Optometry Colleges in India = 125
        • Offering Diploma - 38
        • Offering Degree - 69

      Scope for optometrist
      Work with Eye hospitals where they can


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