Student Faculty Exchange Program

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


February 2015, was the 9th successful Indo-French exchange program between, ICO, Visionsolidev, 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 16 member delegation, comprising of 13 students and 3 faculty members were in India from February 15th to February 27th 2015. The French group had a warm reception at Lotus College on February 16th, by the college faculty and students where they were also briefed about the activities planned for the next two weeks.


During the subsequent days, special 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, screened 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.


At the camp site

During this period 1438 patients were examined at camps, 454 pairs of bifocals, and reading glasses were dispensed. 550 patients were referred to Lotus Eye Hospital predominantly for cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy eva.

 Shree Naval.P Baliwalla Scientific Session

On the occasion of Founder’s Day, on February 21st ,2015, a scientific session was organized. Students from ICO as well as Lotus participated with oral, poster and case presentations. The session had 7 oral and 15 posters presented from students of Lotus College and ICO. Dr.Viswanathan from Lotus, was the keynote speaker for the event and gave an interesting talk on recent advances in accommodation and its clinical applications. The day was concluded with a cultural evening with students putting up excellent dance shows from each school.


The event was concluded by a closing ceremony on February 27th 2015, with presentations by representatives of both schools capturing the learning of the past two weeks. We wish to thank, the various local organizations with whom the eye camps were conducted and Hoya, Singapore for supporting the local transport of the group to campsites. We thank Ronak Optics for sponsoring all the frames dispensed at the eye camps. Also wish to thank Tata Trust for their continued support especially for the ocular morbidity management of the patients referred to Lotus Eye Hospital.

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