“Sankara Eye Hospital inaugurates ‘Milestone - Early Intervention & Transformation Clinic’
Bangalore, April 3, 2017: Sankara Eye Hospital Bangalore continuing with its tradition of eye care beyond excellence inaugurated “Milestone – an Early Intervention & Transformation Centre”, for children with Autism Spectrum today, with support and contribution from “Surya”, a volunteer initiative established in 2004.
Dr Kaushik Murali - Paediatric Ophthalmologist & President Sankara Eye Foundation, Cine Actor Ms. Nabha Natesh, Dr Santhan Gopal - President All India Ophthalmological Society, Poornima - Founder of Surya & Dr Y.Umesh - Chief Medical Officer Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore.
The centre was inaugurated by Dr Santhan Gopal, President All India Ophthalmological Society and Film Personality Ms Nabha Natesh. The inauguration was followed by fun filled activities for the autistic kids and their parents including a medical clowning session by Mr. Harish Bhuvan, organized to entertain the children. Also, the evening witnessed an interactive storytelling session by professional story teller Mr. Vikram Sridhar, where in children and parents were allowed to use theatre as a tool to explore movement and communication.
Dr Kaushik Murali, Paediatric Ophthalmologist & President Sankara Eye Foundation shared, “We are grateful to the support from Surya to establish, Milestone. The centre established at a cost of Rs 7.5 Lakhs would allow us to provide holistic care for children with autism, using a combination of computer based therapy and exercises with specially made equipment based on recent research from across the world.”
“Surya is a volunteer initiative that I founded in 2004 to support the various eye care activities of Sankara Eye Foundation. With the funds raised with our handcrafted jewellery I am happy to be now supporting this wonderful initiative that looks to provide children with Autism a brighter future”, shared Poornima, Founder of Surya.
“We atSankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore have over 130 children with Autism Spectrumunder our care. While impaired vision is not the onlyneurological problem these children exhibit, vision impairment is extremelyimportant for learning & development. We have found 30% of children withAutism with a range of eye conditions that when treated positively impact theoverall development of these children,” shared Dr Y.Umesh, ChiefMedical Officer Sankara Eye Hospital, Bangalore.