Sankara Academy of Vision to train Chinese doctors in cataract surgery

Leading Chinese eye care centre Tonghua Eye Hospital has entered a strategic MoU with Sankara Academy of Vision, the eye care education and training initiative of Sankara Eye Care Institutions — one of India’s largest provider of quality eye-care with pan-India network of eye hospitals — to train Chinese eye surgeons in techniques of cataract surgery.

“Having seen the work at Sankara and interacting with their leadership, I am confident that the Chinese ophthalmologists will benefit from the training. We look forward to further collaboration in technology and research between our centres,” said Dr Zhao, President, Tonghua Eye Hospital-China.

According to World Health Organisation, China accounts for the largest number of blind people in the world and cataract remains one of the major causes of blindness in the country — responsible for approximately 50 per cent of the country’s blind.

Speaking about how the MoU will boost China-India relations, Dr RV Ramani, founder, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Medical Trust, said: “Sankara Academy of Vision has been providing advanced training to eye surgeons from India and across the world. I am glad that as we celebrate the 40th year of our movement this partnership between India and China is being entered.”

The MoU signed between Sankara Academy of Vision and Tonghua Eye Hospital is aimed at eliminating blindness through education, capacity building and research.