Bridging Theory and Practice: Optometry Students Gain Insight at PERKESO

In an inspiring educational endeavor, Ms. Indira Madhavan, a lecturer and Chief of the Low Vision Clinic in the Faculty of Optometry & Vision Sciences, orchestrated a unique learning opportunity for 29 optometry students. On October 21, 2023, students from semesters 5, 6, and 8 embarked on a visit to the PERKESO Melaka Rehabilitation Centre, marking a significant step in their journey towards understanding vision rehabilitation in a real-world context.

This educational outing, strategically aligned with the curriculum, is specifically tailored for sixth-semester students, forming a crucial component of their low vision subject requirement. The PERKESO Melaka Rehabilitation Centre provided an ideal setting for this immersive learning experience, allowing students to witness firsthand the tangible impact of vision rehabilitation services.

Throughout the visit, students engaged with both the dedicated staff and the patients at the center, gaining valuable insights into the diverse range of vision rehabilitation services offered. This excursion served as a vital link between theoretical knowledge acquired in the classroom and the practical application of optometric skills. Students were exposed to various facets of low vision care, including assessment techniques, assistive devices, and counseling approaches.

Beyond academic enrichment, this excursion elevated students’ empathy and deepened their understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with low vision. It underscored the pivotal role optometrists play in enhancing the quality of life for those in need of vision rehabilitation.

This initiative reflects the faculty’s commitment to holistic education, emphasizing not only academic excellence but also the cultivation of a compassionate and socially responsible approach to optometry. It is an endeavor poised to leave a lasting impact on students, propelling them forward in their mission to enhance vision and transform lives.

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