Vision Care Academy concludes successful Optometry Day


Vision Care Academy, the educational institute of Sri Lanka’s largest vision and eye wear solutions provider, Vision Care, marked this year’s Optometry Day and 12th Annual Scientific Session recently with an educational event held under the theme ‘Innovative World with Better Focus’ at the Mount Lotus Eye & ENT Hospital.

The event was graced by chief guest Dr. Manel Pasqual, Consultant Ophthalmologist, National Eye Hospital Sri Lanka, and guest of honour  Udeni Wickramarachchi, Chairman, Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission Sri Lanka. Vision Care Academy organises this annual event to provide a platform for the education, awareness, and knowledge sharing of all matters related to the field of Optometry and Hearing Care while nurturing the interest of the students of the Academy and encouraging them to devote their time towards research studies. This event is also the official convocation where certificates are awarded to the students who have passed out of Vision Care Academy on successful completion of their respective courses.

The Inaugural Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. Madhuwanthi Dissanayake, Professor & Consultant Eye Surgeon, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo. Subsequently, four educational sessions were held on a variety of topics related to the field of Optometry and Hearing Care. During the first session, an informative speech was made by Dr. D.R.R. Kodikara, Consultant Ophthalmologist on ‘Ocular Diagnostics’. The second session address was made by Dr. Aruna Fernando, Consultant Ophthalmologist/ Vitreo-Retinal Surgeon on ‘Binocular Vision & Vision Therapy’ while the third session address was delivered by Ananth Lakshmi, Snr. Optometrist/ AGM-ECP Training & Development, Essilor India Private Limited, on ‘Community Optometry & Dispensing’. Additionally, during the fourth session,
Dr. Sanjeewani Rupasinghe, Consultant ENT Surgeon delivered the keynote speech on ‘Hearing Care’.

The event concluded with the handing over of certificates to a total of 34 Vision Care Academy graduates while several individuals took home awards in multiple Research categories. The award winners were Chanura Mahindapala – Best Oral Presentation (Senior), Chandramohan Thilakshana – Best Oral Presentation (Jr./DOP), Pramodya Thathsarani – Best Oral Presentation (Jr./COA), Ravindu Deshan – Best Oral Presentation (Jr./CVT), Kavindi Silva – Best Oral Presentation (CDO), Ravindu Deshan – Best Research of the Year, Amila Chandrasekara – Best Poster of the Year, Suresh Sulaxan – Best Innovation of the Year, Dharunniya Komalasewaran – Best Research Presentation-Audiology and Ann Sureni – Best Poster-Audiology.