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COMMUNITY EYE CARE
Year : 1999  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-52

Refresher training and continuing education for para-medical ophthalmic assistants


1 International Centre for Advancement of Rural Eye Care, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
2 Modern Eye Clinic and Nursing Home, Bangalore, India
3 Aravind Eye Hospital and Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai, India

Correspondence Address:
R D Thulasiraj
Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, 1 Anna Nagar, Madurai - 625 020
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 16130288

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This paper describes a refresher training and continuing education programme in clinical and community ophthalmology for para-medical ophthalmic assistants (PMOAs) conducted by the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology. The course participants included 60 PMOAs working either in district hospitals, primary health centres or mobile units from the districts in Maharashtra. Each training programme was spread over 43 hours in 4 days and included lectures, practical demonstrations, and hands-on training in the outpatient, inpatient, and operation theatre of the training institution. Participants were given exposure to outreach activities in an eye camp and a satellite eye centre resembling a district hospital. The PMOAs found the training to be useful and it was seen that areas like patient counselling, instrument and equipment maintenance, and assistance in the operation theatre for newer surgical procedures which were lacking in the basic training were fulfilled in this training programme. Regional Institutes of Ophthalmology, upgraded medical colleges, and other eye-care institutions which have facilities and manpower could organise similar refresher and continuing education programmes for PMOAs so that they could be utilised more efficiently in the blindness-control activities in the country.


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