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A clear vision for every child – how my London experience is helping me change the world for the better

For Tanzanian-Indian student, Priya Morjaria, accessible eye care for every child is essential. Priya’s experience studying in London is helping her to make this a reality in parts of the world that need it the most. Study London caught up with Priya at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to find out more.

Priya grew up with an awareness of how important eye care is – and the tragic consequences when this is overlooked. Certain life events inspired her to pursue the study of optometry in London, as she explains: “My grandfather went blind from a routine cataract operation that went wrong so I’ve seen first-hand how devastating blindness can be. In some parts of the world, people do not have access to adequate eye care and the consequences are tragic. I wore my first pair of glasses at the age of 7 but I could easily have been one of the children who slipped through the net. Undiagnosed vision problems are often misunderstood – a teacher thinks a child is playing up for example, when really they just can’t see properly and all they need is a pair of glasses.”

Priya is currently studying for a PhD in Public Health for Eye Care at LSHTM, following an undergraduate degree in optometry from City, University of London and a Masters at LSHTM. Her first application to continue her studies at LSHTM was turned down due to her lack of experience. This prompted Priya to gain invaluable experience in the field which not only gave her a unique insight into the challenges ahead – it also helped shape her future career.

Priya explained: “Prior to my Masters, I worked as a community optometrist in the UK and as a volunteer optometrist in Tanzania, India and Burkina Faso. The Masters gave me the skills and opportunity to then work in Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zambia, Bangladesh and Nepal. My PhD focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of school health programs for children who need vision correction and I’ve recently finished a series of clinical trials in Bangalore and Hyderabad, India, evaluating vision screening in schools. As the research lead for Peek Vision – a charity that aims to provide quality, sustainable eye health for everyone – I discovered that we could deal with 86% of school children on the spot by giving them a pair of glasses.”

As a result of Peek’s screening work in Kenya and Botswana, parallel to Priya’s clinical work in India, Priya has recently heard that the government of Botswana is implementing new policy changes to roll out a national program for vision screening in all schools. This significant achievement will ensure that children’s eye problems are picked up early and corrected, which will positively change and dramatically improve the lives of thousands of people. Priya said: “‘This is extremely important as 80% of our learning is visual. If a child is not able to see at school then the teacher concludes that they are not paying attention or are not interested in participating, when it could simply be that a child is not able to see. The reality is that usually a child does not know that they are not able to see clearly.”

Commenting on how her time in London has helped shape her aspirations, Priya said: “London is so diverse. I have colleagues from all over the world and can tap into their vast knowledge of different countries. We’re like a global power team and we’re gradually influencing policy to change eye care for the better.”

Priya added: “London is home – it’s welcoming and culturally fascinating. There’s something magical about this city. London has given me so many connections to help make the changes I want to see happen.”

Priya has been nominated for the World Council of Optometry, Paul Berman Young Leader Award – a global accolade which will be announced in September at the World Council of Optometry Congress in India. She certainly has our vote, good luck Priya!

Inspired to follow in Priya’s footsteps? Find out more about studying optometry and public health for eye care in London.

London in three words? Exhilarating, Open and Home!

This week we were at Goldmsiths, University of London catching up with Indian student Rhea Bhandari. In this interview Rhea talks about what inspired her to study Design in London, her advice for other Indian students wanting to study in London, and her aspirations for the future. How did you choose your course and university? […]

London in three words? Unique, Exhilarating and Inspiring.

German student Katie studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Here she shares her advice to prospective students thinking about studying in London. How did you choose your course and university? I was studying on a foundation course at Camberwell College of Arts when we had some faculty from the Graphic Design course at […]

Your student accommodation options in London

As a student in London, your accommodation plays a big part in your overall student experience. Your living environment is very important as you need to feel comfortable and safe to enjoy your time at university. There are three popular accommodation options for international students in London. University Halls of Residence The majority of universities […]

7 ways to deal with homesickness

Starting life at university, especially in a new city or country, can be incredibly exciting. However, it is inevitable that, at some point, you will feel homesick. It is estimated that up to 70% of people will suffer homesickness and is perfectly normal. Here is our helpful guide about how to deal with homesickness so […]

Scouting for talent for the Innovation Award 2016

With the deadline for our new International Student Innovation Award fast approaching, the Study London team has been out and about scouting for talent at some of the capital’s recent graduate shows. We’ve seen some excellent innovative ideas from the degree shows at the AA School of Architecture; the University of the Arts London at […]

#LondonIsOpen

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Nerves are normal – Our top 5 ways to deal with them

Many international students feel nervous at the prospect of unfamiliar life when coming to study in the UK. Whilst this is perfectly normal, nerves should not be the overarching emotion when embarking on an exciting new chapter of your life. Thorough preparation is often the best strategy to conquer these nerves. By being aware of […]

What to Do on Your Gap Year

If you are about to finish high school, you might be asking yourself ‘what next?’  Many students go straight from school to university, but taking a gap year is another popular option. A gap year can help students decide what to do with their lives and is an opportunity to develop new skills. If you […]

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