Welcome to eyeTRAIN!

eyeTRAIN brings together training institutions from across the globe, to showcase best practices and resources, through a series of competitions. This is an online conference held during 6-10 Dec 2021. We invite you to make submissions for these competitions.

Today several eye hospitals have their own training programmes for the AOP cadre. Often institutions face challenges such as:

  • balancing time for patient care and training activities
  • ensuring high quality outcomes while providing training opportunity
  • ensuring skill transfer
  • lack of training material for the AOP cadre

In order to address the quality of training of allied ophthalmic personnel (AOP), this conference brings together institutions to share best practices and resources for eye care training.  We encourage you to share your work through these competitions:

Who can attend this conference?

eyeTRAIN online conference is for ophthalmologists, allied ophthalmic personnel, optometrists, technicians, ophthalmic nursing trainers, hospital managers and other cadres of eye care institutions who are involved in the training AOP staff.

The WHO Global Action Plan 2014-19 notes that “Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP) comprise opticians, ophthalmic nurses, orthoptists, ophthalmic and optometric assistants, ophthalmic and optometric technicians, vision therapists, ocularists, ophthalmic photographers/ imagers, and ophthalmic administrators”
The Cambridge Declaration, in 2015, acknowledges the critical role of AOP in the delivery of high quality comprehensive eye services – and their role in achieving Universal Eye Health. But despite this, their development has often been neglected, with gaps in their skills and capacities, especially when compared with other cadres of eye health personnel.
Source: www.iapb.org/news/developing-competent-allied-ophthalmic-personnel/

Browse through innovative ideas for trainers in these submitted abstracts:


Tell us how you ensure training effectiveness. Submit an abstract under one of the five themes


  • Teaching clinical topics to AOP trainees

What unique teaching methods do you use inside or outside your classroom to teach clinical theory/topics to your AOP* learners?

  • Skill practice and assessment for AOP trainees

How do you ensure that your AOP learners become competent to perform the skills? How do you plan the practicals, clinical practice and skill assessment?

  • Imparting soft skills to AOP trainees

How do you teach the necessary soft skills to allied ophthalmic personnel?

  • Creating effective AOP trainers

How do you ensure that your trainers are effective in teaching your AOP learners? (Trainers may be doctors, senior AOP staff, external faculty etc.)

  • Keeping your AOP staff updated

How do you ensure that your AOP staff are always kept relevant to perform their role effectively? How do you do provide refresher training, upskilling, and keep your AOP staff updated and current?


  • Abstract submission by 19 November 2021
  • Selected abstracts will be invited to present at the online conference
  • More than one submission from an institution is allowed
  • Submissions must be in English
  • Top five paper presentations will be selected for prizes

Browse training videos – Skill Category:

Browse training videos – Knowledge Category:


Videos have been found to be a very effective teaching tool. Do you create videos for your learners?

Submit a video under one of the following categories


  • Skill-based topics

You can share any video that explains about how to perform a skill related to allied ophthalmic personnel

Examples: Objective refraction using streak retinoscopy, How to measure visual acuity, How to counsel patients for cataract surgery

  • Knowledge-based topics

You can share any video that explains clinical or non-clinical theory for allied ophthalmic personnel

Examples: Anatomy of the eye, Refractive errors, Corneal diseases and disorders, Types of IOLs


  • Original videos for AOP trainees can be submitted.
  • Videos with animations are also accepted
  • Video format should be MP4
  • The submission must be a complete video about a topic. It cannot be just a video clip
  • Video submission: 19 November 2021
  • Selected videos (or excerpts) will be screened during the online conference
  • More than one submission from an institution is allowed
  • Submissions only in English
  • All submitted videos will be made available online for all conference participants
  • “Best video” prize will be given under each category

Browse through Simulation models:


It is important for AOP learners to have the opportunity to practice their clinical skills before they are placed in the clinic.

We are looking for innovative ways to give a chance for our AOP learners to practice their skills before they perform the skill on real patients (similar to using goat eye in the wet lab for cataract surgery practice)

Submit a video of how you create opportunity for simulation practice for your AOP learners.


  • Original videos of your simulation model for AOP trainees can be submitted.
  • Video length should be within 7 minutes.
  • Video format should be MP4
  • The video must include:
    • Name of the skill
    • Show the model
    • Things used / things needed
    • Demonstration of a person using the model for skill practice
    • Cost incurred
  • Video submission: 19 November 2021
  • Selected videos will be presented at the online conference
  • More than one submission from an institution is allowed
  • Submissions only in English
  • All submitted videos will be made available online for all conference participants
  • “Best simulation model” prize will be announced at the conference

Best practices in skill assessment – Dr. Karl Golink

Effective teaching techniques for the classroom – Dr. Pranesh 

Innovation in Teaching & Training – Dr. Rajesh


4 – 5 PM IST
Dec 6 2021
Unmasking the Maze of Neuro-ophthalmology for Optometry Students
Dr Tulika Ghoshal, KPC Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata
3D Printing Ophthalmology Related Models For Enhancing Learning
Dr Prasanna Venkatesh Ramesh, Mahathma Eye Hospital, Tiruchirappalli
Evaluation of segregation of outpatient case sheets for faster disposal and patient management
Krishnammal.N, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli
Flipped Classroom Model – An Effective Way to Teach AOP
Renuka, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore
4 – 5 PM IST
Dec 7 2021
Best practices in skill assessment
Rubrics to evaluate PAL lenses measurement skill
Jasmin Modi, Hari Jyot College Of Optometry, Navsari
Keeping Counsellors Updated – empowering through attitudinal review, experiential reflection and refreshing knowledge
Rajakumari, Aravind Eye Hospital, Coimbatore
4 – 5 PM IST
Dec 8 2021
A training hub for AOP
Renuga, Aravind Eye Hospital, Chennai
Impact of competency based skill practice and assessment of AOP on a tertiary level hospital in North Bengal
Dr Jinat Ferdousi, Deep Eye Care Foundation, Rangpur, Bangladesh
Comparing effectiveness of traditional demonstration method and Video-assisted training method among AOP
Stella Baby A, Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): A pilot study to report optometry student’s experience.
Vijay Kumar Yelagondula, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad
Effective case segregation in paediatric OPD
K.Poongothai, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
4 – 5 PM IST
Dec 9 2021
Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – a novel assessment tool for Vision Center AOPs
Dr. Aswin PR, Aravind Eye Care System
Skill practice and assessment for Allied Ophthalmic Personnel in Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute
Bongajum Abel Keelen, Magrabi ICO, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Orthoptic training program at Aravind Eye Hospital
R.Muthulakshmi, Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai
Innovative model for clinical teaching with emphasis on training of trainers
Unnati Vaish, Sitapur Eye Hospital, Sitapur
4 – 5.30 PM IST
      Dec 10 2021       
Effective teaching techniques for the classroom
Innovation in Teaching & Training

Last date for competition submissions :

19 November 2021

Cash prize for best videos and presentation:

USD 500