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The National Institute of Ophthalmology (NIO) and Pune Running group have organised a Vision Marathon on November 6 to create awareness about ‘avoidable blindness’. Over 2,000 persons — many of them visually impaired — will participate in the marathon.
“Many of our parents and few of us are in that age group where we could be diagnosed with conditions like glaucoma or cataract. In many cases, once sight is lost, it cannot be recovered. A regular and simple check-up can help prevent permanent blindness,” said Dr Aditya Kelkar, NIO director.
The participants can choose to run any distance — 3 km, 5 km, 10 km or a half-marathon of 21 km — said Nikhil Shah, one of the main organisers.
In a twist on the main theme, a participant can run half the distance with a blindfold, while his/her partner or friend can run the remaining distance without the blindfold.
Shah said, “After our regular run, we have also organised a run for the visually impaired… everyone should experience and feel their world and realise that they are willing to take on jobs and responsibilities like everyone else”.
The runners will start from MITCON at Baner Road, go on till university circle in Parihar Chowk, and finish at the starting point.