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It is definitely a nice idea to have these tests regularly in the schools so that the medical condition of the students can be monitored. A timely test can help in diagnosing the ailment at an early stage. Eye is a vital part of the body so the preventive check up is very essential.
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But keeping in mind the commercialization of the medical field as well as the educational institutions, I doubt whether such an effort would yield the expected results. I don't think any government would be able to take up the challenge all by itself even if a rule to this effect is brought in, except maybe for government schools with the help of the respective health departments.
So, the ball will ultimately be in the court of private educational institutions or trusts. They will, taking the cover of government orders, tie up with some private hospitals or optical companies to carry out the tests. In order to get their support by way of time and effort, in addition to levying some additional fees from the students, the schools may have to agree to a condition put forth by the hospitals or companies that any student having any problem will have to be referred to their clinic or company for further treatment. And in such a scenario, the possibility of more number of students being detected with one problem or the other cannot also be ruled out.
Keeping these factors in mind, I really don't think such an idea would bring out the expected results.
My thought process may seem to be too exaggerated and pessimistic but why I allowed my thought to stray into the negative pastures is due to what we get to see around us.
Not that such an idea will not produce good results at all and would not be beneficial to the student community with regard to early detection of eye related problems and treatment and not that such an effort will be manipulated but can we rule out such a possibility. I don't think anyone can reply with a convincing 'NO'.
'Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance'- Will Durant.
In Bengaluru, I got my eyes checked up from a reputed eye hospital. They insisted me to buy the spects from their own shop. It costed Rs. 3000/- for frame and Rs. 2000/- for the lens. Within a year, the lens had scratches, and needed to be replaced. I went to an optical centre in Salem, where I got the lens replaced by simply spending Rs. 700/- only. The same frame cost only Rs. 600/- in Salem.
Further, the school authorities might charge the fees from the parents of the students.
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I shop at Lawrence & Mayo to date. We rely on the brand for our eye-tests and do all our shopping of eyewear at their showrooms.
My school also had annual dental check-ups, conducted by Colgate. So, it is not a new concept.
It might not be possible for every school to include such a programme because of various factors – one such factor is that it would require outsourcing it. Of course, popular opticians can sponsor such programmes as part of their marketing strategy, but the direct involvement of educational institutes is unfeasible.
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There are many schools that conduct eye testing camps and most of them are in towns. The schools situated in the villages are lagging behind and they require help from the government or NGOs to conduct these camps on a regular basis. I hope there are few members of ISC attached to schools and they can try to implement the suggestions of this thread , if their schools are not conducting eye sight checking camps already. I thank the author for posting this thread and think that with initiative from different sections of the society this can be implemented in schools.
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