Good bye 2017 & Happy new year!!
"For Evaluation and assessment, I have downloaded the accreditation criteria from Optometry Council website. Assessment has been carried out using these criteria as guidelines for infrastructure facility, Manpower and equipment, library size/ dimensions, no. of books etc. This has helped me in doing objective assessment of the Institute without any bias and prejudice, so as to achieve better academic environment for the students & faculties. The standards developed by Council are very reliable, objective, specific and can be repeatedly used to have uniform pattern across all academic Institutes for optometry course throughout the country.”
If you as an optometrist look back to 2010 or earlier, you will observe that there were not many organisations, not many CE programs etc. Come 2017, we have state associations conducting eye screening camps, we have so many CE programs in each state and all optometrists are enthusiastic!!! Optometrist often ask “why so many organisations”…well lets look at the positive side: such organisations are leading to more awareness in optometry, more associations are doing a lot of good work in their states like OATN, WBOA, GOA, KOA etc to name a few. Slowly but steadily optometry as a profession is growing and optometrist are becoming aware of their duty as health care professional and also are more receptive to attending regular CE programs so much so that we are having a handful of CE programs within 3 months of 2018!!!! All this is a positive sign for the profession.