One person goes blind, somewhere in the world, every 5 seconds. According to the World Health Organization, 87% of visually impaired people live in developing countries, while 85% of all visual impairment is avoidable. India has the dubious distinction of having the largest number of blind people in the world.
Optometrists are the first line of defence against potentially blinding diseases. An optometrist is a primary health care professional who is institutionally educated and clinically trained in the field of optometry. An optometrist checks eyes, prescribes optical aids, diagnoses ocular diseases, provides vision therapy and refers to an ophthalmologist for medical treatment. The demand for qualified optometrists is growing by the day.