Initiative Underway through UKZN to Provide Affordable Vision CorrectionLaw and Management Studies

From left: Mr Lumkile Mtolo of Essilor: Mrs Priscilla Sewambar, Ms Tuvia Manuel  and Dr Diane van Staden, all of UKZN; Mr Vivasan Pillay of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, and Mr Sagaran Govender of UKZN.From left: Mr Lumkile Mtolo of Essilor: Mrs Priscilla Sewambar, Ms Tuvia Manuel and Dr Diane van Staden, all of UKZN; Mr Vivasan Pillay of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, and Mr Sagaran Govender of UKZN.

Representatives of the Discipline of Optometry met with role players to explore ways to improve access to affordable vision correction for patients attending the UKZN Eye Clinic

The role players included Mr Vivasan Pillay of the Brien Holden Vision Institute’s Global Resource Centre, and UKZN alumnus Mr Lumkile Mtolo of Essilor’s 2.5 New Vision Generation project.

The Discipline’s Academic Leader, Mrs Diane van Staden, said through this initiative the cost of spectacles the Discipline offered could be significantly reduced with schoolchildren receiving a free pair.

‘UKZN Optometry is excited about being able to make spectacles more affordable so that we can better serve patients accessing our clinics,’ said van Staden.

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