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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85

Sight is a right

Nethra Eye Care Centre, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Date of Web Publication27-Aug-2019

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Dr. V A Bastin
Nethra Eye Care Centre, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_55_19

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Bastin V A. Sight is a right. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2019;31:85

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Bastin V A. Sight is a right. Kerala J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 May 31];31:85. Available from: http://www.kjophthal.com/text.asp?2019/31/2/85/265507

Dear Friends,

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”

– Helen Keller.

Where we do not have the “vision” to enrich the lives of our patients with low vision, there we fail in our ultimate goal.

For every advancement in the field of ophthalmology, we still have people inching toward or already relegated to low-vision category. Not only this could be a reflection of the prevailing socioeconomic status, but it could also be due to the increase of our aging population. Whatever be the reason, we have a duty to prevent, identify and assess, and educate and improve the access to medical care so that we can reduce the burden of blindness. Above all comes our responsibility to improving “vision-specific quality of life” in our patients with low vision. Their failing independence, risk of falls, psychological status including depression, lack of gainful employment, or ability to pursue higher education could be significantly alleviated or impacted by improving the quality of services we deliver, clinical or nonclinical. Improvement in diagnostic services, training, referral, and rehabilitative services would result in long-term gains for the population. The advent of adaptive technology and applications on mobile and computers complements low-vision devices, and one should keep abreast of this technology for the same.

This issue's guest editorial by Dr. Suraj Singh Senjam from Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, has its focus on low vision. Dr. Senjam's expertise in a wide repertoire of subjects ranging from epidemiology of ocular diseases, preventive ophthalmology to screening and survey methodology in community ophthalmology and his involvement in strengthening low-vision services in the country, as well as making his institution a national research and training center for low-vision services and visual rehabilitation should definitely sharpen our perspective.


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