It’s time for optometry to be recognized! Sign our petition and tell the Indian Government that you will not tolerate optometry being omitted from the National Commission for Human Resource of Health Bill 2011 (LX 2011)! India can no longer ignore the blaring need for qualified, skilled optometric professionals.
India is home to the world's largest number of blind people, of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are in India. By passing the bill, the Indian Government is denying optometry be included as part of the health care delivery system and ultimately failing to provide the needlessly blind of India, a solution to their vision loss.
It is no coincidence that countries successful at controlling levels of blindness house sufficient numbers of optometrists to meet public need. Optometry in India is in crisis. If the government does not recognize optometry, attracting students to the profession will continue to be difficult. The limited opportunities offered to graduates have hindered the development of the profession. The equation is simple, no students, mean no qualified optometrists and the numbers of needlessly blind in India continue to soar. The result is an immeasurable negative impact on the country.
Help the Indian Optometry Federation ensure the Indian Government makes optometry, and blindness prevention and eradication a top priority. Sign our petition today!