Mangaluru, Feb 9, 2016 : State Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader has informed that eye and ear check-up reports would be made mandatory while admission of children to first standard in order to ensure they have no eye or ear problems and to provide the right treatment in the event of them having any defect.
He was addressing a meeting of officials at Circuit House on February 7, Monday to discuss measures to be taken to frame a eye health policy. A team of opthalmologists and eye care specialists has also been formed in this direction. The team will look into ways and means to improve eye care facilities in hospitals.
The policy will lay more emphasis on detecting eye defects, distribution of spectacles free of cost, conducting cataract surgeries etc.
Children upto tenth standard having eye defects as well as BPL card holders above 40 years will get free spectacles. Cataract treatment will be provided free in government hospitals and some select private hospitals, he added.