By our special correspondent
National, October 11, 2022: Indian Vision Institute (IVI), the NGO working to provide access to vision tests and eyeglasses to underprivileged people in remote areas of India, today launched a campaign in partnership with Shell India for vision screening of commercial drivers in Karnataka. The campaign is part of Shell’s ‘Drive Safe India’ and aims to benefit 32,000 commercial vehicle drivers in Karnataka.
The campaign aims to organize eye camps for commercial drivers and allied transport workers to check their eyesight. Visually impaired, the drivers distributed glasses mainly on the spot. For other serious eye conditions, drivers are referred to undergo the appropriate treatment required for the eye condition. Visual screenings will focus on cities and state and national highways.
The campaign was officially launched in Bangalore and was honored by Anil Kumar TK, Principal Secretary of Government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, LK Dash, Director of Postal Services, Ministry of Posts and CEO of IVI, Vinod Daniel, as well as representatives of Shell.
Speaking at the launch, IVI CEO Vinod Daniel said, “We are delighted to partner with Shell in the next phase of the Shell Drive Safe India campaign. Previously, from October 2021 to March 2022, the campaign screened nearly 60,000 commercial vehicle and truck drivers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Previous IVI vision screenings of 80,000 drivers revealed that 59% of drivers had uncorrected refractive errors, of which 24% required distance correction, 35% near correction and 2% had severely compromised vision .
“An IVI survey of drivers showed that the top three reasons they did not have their vision checked were lack of awareness, affordability and access. This program is developed to address all of these constraints,” he added.
Latika Taneja, Corporate Relations Manager, India, said, “We work with communities and global partners to improve road safety in the countries where we operate. “Drive Safe” is an important community initiative for us, especially in India where the death toll on the roads is high. In partnership with the India Vision Institute and other NGO partners, Shell India has embarked on this unique initiative to reduce traffic accidents attributed to visual impairment.
About Indian Vision Institute
IVI is an Indian non-profit NGO whose vision is to provide access to primary eye care to the underprivileged and a pair of corrective eyeglasses to every Indian in need. Our outreach and advocacy activities also include raising awareness, engaging communities, schools, partner institutions and others through discussion, education, skills enhancement and leadership development. Since 2012, IVI has helped change lives in 22 states across India. By offering better vision and a free pair of corrective glasses, our Eye See and I learn and Eye See and I work The programs respectively help schoolchildren to do well in school and adults to be more productive, thus ensuring their safe and secure livelihoods. Vision and road safety is another priority for IVI and involves working with companies/organizations on screenings and providing free glasses for commercial vehicle drivers. Beneficiaries included women, children, transgender communities, workers, fishermen and weavers.