Eye care for autistic children

Sankara Eye Hospital has set up “Milestone – an Early Intervention and Transformation Centre,” for children with Autism spectrum, with support from “Surya”, a volunteer initiative.

Dr Kaushik Murali, Paediatric Ophthalmologist and President, Sankara Eye Foundation said, “The centre, established at a cost of Rs 7.5 lakh 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.”

He said that more than 130 children with autism spectrum were under the care of Sankara Eye Hospital. “Vision impairment is extremely important for learning and development. We have found 30% of children with autism with a range of eye conditions that when treated positively impact the overall development of these children,” added Dr Y Umesh Chief Medical Officer Sankara Eye Hospital.

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