Short-Term Fellowship Program in Low Vision Care

Duration: Three months

Program dates: January, April, July and October

Venue: Vision Rehabilitation Centres, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.

Number of Positions: Two per program


  • An overview of low vision
  • Vision classification system
  • Visual perception
  • Low vision environmental assessments
  • Observational factors
  • Case history
  • Identification of visual needs
  • Psychological factors
  • Motivation

Clinical aspects of low vision

  • Distance and near acuities
  • Low vision refraction
  • Visual fields
  • Binocularity
  • Colour vision
  • Determination of magnification
  • Assessment of illumination
  • Evaluation with low vision devices
  • Training in use of low vision devices
  • Prescription of low vision devices

The curriculum also includes training in low vision devices – their individual characteristics, advantages and disadvantages; clinical set-ups, resource mobilisation and utilisation. All aspects of rehabilitation – such as counselling, orientation and mobility, daily living skills and support services – will be a practical part of the course. Interaction with patients, their parents and the community is also an integral part of the course.

Minimum qualifications: Diploma in Optometry/Master’s degree or Diplomate from the National Board of Examination in Ophthalmology. Preferably institution based.

Registration details

  • Registration is limited to two persons per program.
  • Food and shared accommodation will be provided.
  • No leave or other benefits.
  • Candidates should make their own travel arrangements.
  • Candidates should pay the registration fee by demand draft, payable to Hyderabad Eye Research Foundation along with the application.


Vijaya K Gothwal, MAppSc (QUT)
Head, Centre for Sight Enhancement

Beula Christy, MRSc
Head, Rehabilitation Professional
Program(s) are supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai, India.

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