Institut et Centre d’ Optometrie,(ICO) Bures, France and Lotus College of Optometry (LCOO), Mumbai, India’s Student Faculty Exchange Program in conjunction with VisionSolidev, France

Report from LCOO

 

February 2012 was the 6th successful Indo-French exchange program between, ICO, France and Lotus College of Optometry, India. The program is a result of a Memorandum of understanding signed between the Schools of Optometry for exchange of knowledge and culture.

A 15 member delegation, comprising of 12 students and 3 faculty members were in India from February 20-March 2, 2012. The French group had a warm reception at Lotus College on February 20, by the College Faculty and students and was briefed about the activities planned for the next two weeks.

ICO to Lotus College of Optometry - February 2012

During the subsequent days, specials eye camps under the ongoing project of Mumbai Eye Care Campaign were organized and students of Lotus and ICO, under faculty supervision worked to examine patients, prescribe spectacles, screen for ocular diseases and referred to the hospital for further evaluation. Besides eye camps, the French students, in rotation also got to work in the OPD of Lotus Eye Hospital.

During this period 1822 patients were examined at camps, 1054 were prescribed with glasses and 350 referred for further evaluation to Lotus Eye Hospital. Reading Glasses were dispensed on the site, and prescription spectacles were subsequently dispensed.

On the occasion of Founder’s Day, a scientific session is organized every year at College. Students from ICO as well as Lotus participated. We had 1 oral and 5 posters from ICO and similarly we had 13 oral and 12 posters presented from students of Lotus College. This was an excellent platform for exchange of research information between the students of both the countries.

The day was concluded with a cultural evening with students putting up excellent dance shows not only from each school, but also a few combined dance shows. It was an overwhelming experience to watch the French and Indian students perform on Bollywood numbers.

Multiple other activities such as special lectures by the French teachers for our faculty and students on dispensing and a Mumbai city tour on Sunday  26th February was planned for the students.

The event was concluded by a closing ceremony on March 2, 2012, with presentations by representatives of both schools capturing the learning of the past two weeks.

We wish to thank Sighsavers for supporting this through Mumbai Eye Care Campaign, Visionsolidev, and the various local organizations with whom the eye camps were conducted and Hoya, Singapore for supporting the local transport of the group to campsites.