Programs in Community Eye Health
In the pursuit of excellent and equitable eye care delivery, LVPEI realized early on that building human resources is vital for increasing the reach of eye care services. To achieve this, GPR ICARE has been offering training programs in the areas of community eye health and eye health management for the last 12 years. Recently, on October 17, 2011, the education component of GPR ICARE was renamed the "Ramachandra Pararajasegaram Community Eye Health Education Centre" in honor of Dr R Pararajasegaram, former WHO Regional Advisor and Consultant, and former President, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
Community eye health extends the traditional individual patient-based clinical practice of ophthalmology to the assessment and facilitation of good eye health in the population as a whole. The principle of community eye health is to apply the knowledge of eye care to the community to reduce blindness and visual impairment. This specialized area of study aims to help professionals and programs focus on delivering quality eye care to benefit the community as a whole. The centre offers Diploma and Masters Program in Community eye Health.