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Vision-Aid’s Journey of Empowerment at Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai

At the heart of Chennai’s bustling metropolis, one of the sanctuaries of hope and support for the visually impaired, is Vision-Aid’s Resource Center at Sankara Nethralaya (SN), where the visually impaired are served by a very capable multi-disciplinary team to undertake a journey towards empowerment and independence. This is one of two resource centers in Chennai Eye Hospitals (the other one being at VHS Hospital). SN 2023 Award.

SN 2023 Award

2023 was a great year for SN. Adding to many prior accolades, Sankara Nethralaya (SN) was awarded the ‘Single Specialty of the Year’ at the 13th MT India Healthcare Awards, and this famous hospital attracts patients from all over India. Vision-Aid is proud to partner with SN to run centers in both Chennai and Kolkata.” 

About the center in SN Chennai:  

The SN Vision-Aid center is called the “Kamala-Thiruvengada Chari Vision-Aid Resource Center” and is located at the Shenoy Nagar campus of Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India. This center was dedicated to the loving memory of Mrs. T. Kamala & Mr. R. Thiruvengada Chari by their daughter Dr. Kastoori Iyengar and son-in-law Rangaprasad (Ranga) Sarangarajan, who live in the Boston area.” 

2023 Accomplishments 

In 2023, the center served over 2700 beneficiaries, including infants, children, and adults, the center provide a spectrum of services. From counseling and educational guidance to vocational training, and from assistive technologies to early intervention therapies, the center is a hub of holistic support for those with low vision or total blindness and the team includes optometrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, rehabilitatinists and assistive technology trainers.  

Touching Lives: Success Stories 

Here are just a couple of stories from among the 2700+ served at the center, which stood out to us. 

This 2-year-old child who was diagnosed with developmental delay received early intervention and visual perception therapy initially, followed by several sessions of visual developmental therapy, visual perception skills, eye-hand coordination, and physiotherapy. The parents have observed significant improvement in the child’s visual skills and are grateful for the quality service offered at the center. 

This 4-year-old child diagnosed with Microcephaly and squint was referred to the Vision-Aid Resource Centre. Despite developmental challenges, the child demonstrated fine motor skills and visual perception by accurately handling small beads. Recognizing the need for Visual Developmental Therapy, the team counseled parents, and the child received therapy for several weeks, making substantial progress in concept-teaching activities and eye contact. Referrals to Occupational Therapy further improved pre-writing skills and coloring activities. 

Community Outreach and Awareness: 

Vision-Aid’s commitment extends beyond the walls of the center. Events like the distribution of smartphones and assistive devices on September 21st, 2023, highlight the center’s dedication to raising awareness and providing practical solutions to the visually impaired community. 

Closing Thoughts 

Vision-Aid at Sankara Nethralaya is not just about restoring sight; it’s about empowering lives. Each story, each life touched, speaks volumes of the center’s commitment to transforming the world of those who walk in darkness into one filled with hope and possibilities. Here are some more glimpses from 2023: 

Our sincere thanks to all members of the Sankara Nethralaya team and the Vision-Aid India team for their dedication and service, and to the generosity of our dear donors for their kind support! 

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