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The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy
Fellowship in Low Vision Care
The vast majority of patients with low vision can be helped to function at a higher level with the use of low vision devices. Management of a Low-vision patient does not end with prescribing Low vision device alone. It involves a coordinated effort on the part of the practitioner, patient and his / her family members to recognize the patient’s limitations, and help him / her choose devices that will satisfy the patient’s visual needs. It is also a multi-disciplinary approach where a low-vision practitioner has to work in tandem with other professionals like Ophthalmologists and Dispensing Opticians.
To give the Optometrist a thorough understanding of the Basics of Low vision
To assess the visual demands of Low vision
To examine the Low vision patient and prescribe appropriate Low Vision device for Distance and Near
To assist in counseling and rehabilitating the Low Vision patient.
Course Details
Eligibility Degree with 1 year experience / Post-graduation in Optometry / Diploma in Optometry with minimum of 2 years experience
No of seats 4 per year
Duration 6 months
Course Fee Indian students: INR 60,000/-
International students: USD 1200
Frequency Twice a year (Jan and July)
Main Outcome Measure:

On completion of the fellowship, the candidate will be able to

• Independently manage the Low vision patient in the LV Clinic
• Assess the visual functions of a Low vision patient
• Prescribe appropriate low vision device for distance / near range including non-optical and electro-optical devices.
• Rehabilitate the LV patient and provide counseling services to the patient / family / Relatives.

Program structure:
• The candidates will be posted under the senior faculty of the Low vision Clinic at Sankara Nethralaya.
• Hands on training will be given under the guidance and supervision of expert faculty.
• Theory and Practical (Observation and hands-on training sessions) will be conducted at the department.
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Contact Us:
Ms.Jaanake. V.N,
Fellowship Co-ordinator,
The Sankara Nethralaya Academy (TSNA)
(Unit of Medical Research Foundation)
Dr. V.G. Appukutty Campus
No.8, GST Road, St. Thomas Mount,
Chennai – 600 016.
Ph No: 044 - 4908 6000
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