When contacted by email, they sent me the following set of instructions (which I edited a bit to include the missed salient points) that I am sharing here for the benefit of all those who aspire to undergo the training program:
The School for Perfect Eyesight at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, is a ray of hope to those suffering from visual defects. The patients have to undergo treatment for a week and follow it up through simple exercises taught in the School. Although the treatment is free, one may contribute according to one’s own will.
Misuse of the eyes while reading, sewing, watching films has been the cause of the strain in the eyes and headaches. While glasses help to correct eye defects to some extent and offer relief from headaches and watering of eyes, they do not check deterioration. The power of glasses continues to increase.
The beneficiaries are in the age group 7 to 40. Strain seems to be the chief cause for refractive errors. The School intends to popularize relaxation as an important and vital part of preventing visual defects. The patient has to come to the school with the glasses and the doctor’s prescription for the glasses and a lawn tennis ball, prepared for one week’s stay. For children below 10 years, at least one of the parents should accompany; preferably mother. One has to arrange one’s own accommodation. He/she may directly contact the guest houses or hotels in the list mentioned below for accommodation.
Holidays: MONDAY WEEKLY HOLIDAY. Any other government holidays and Ashram Darshan days are also holidays.
How to Get an Appointment: Please take an appointment for the eye exercises by e-mail. PLEASE NOTE THAT APRIL, MAY, JUNE, END OF SEPTEMBER, AND LAST WEEK OF DECEMBER ARE ONLY FOR CHILDREN.
Working Hours: 8 to 11 am and 3 to 5 pm.
1. Birth certificate to prove the age for children.
2. Ophthalmologist’s prescription for glasses.
3. Copy of the e-mails sent & received by you from the school.
Contact Person: Ms. Santosh
The School for Perfect Eyesight,
2a Lally Tollendal Street (Rue Lally Tollendal),
Near Taluk Office,
Pondicherry 605 002
Website: The School for Perfect Eyesight
Phone: +91413 2233659
|NAME OF THE GUEST HOUSE/HOTEL||PHONE NUMBER|
|01.||GARDEN GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2233698|
|02.||COTTAGE GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2233610|
|03.||NEW GUEST HOUSE (firstname.lastname@example.org)||+91413 2233634|
|04.||PARK GUEST HOUSE (email@example.com)||+91413 2233644|
|05.||NEW SWEET HOME||+91413 2233635|
|06.||NOVAJYOTI GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2233632|
|07.||KARNATAKA GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2233699|
|08.||ORIYA NILAYAM||+91413 2233643|
|09.||RAMAKRISHNA BHAVAN||+91413 2233692|
|10.||MEERANJALI (firstname.lastname@example.org)||+91413 2334009|
|11.||SEASIDE GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2336494|
|12.||MOTHER’S GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2220337|
|14.||INTERNATIONAL GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2336699|
|15.||INTERNATIONAL GUEST HOUSE (email@example.com)||+91413 2221812|
|16.||HOTEL COROMMONDAL||+91413 2260269|
|17.||ANANDHAM RESIDENCY||+91413 2226358|
|18.||HOTEL CORBELLI||+91413 2225301|
|19.||HOTEL SOORYA INTERNATIONAL||+91413 2336856|
|21.||HATEL THE PARC||+91413 2226591|
|22.||HOTEL ATITHI||+91413 2345000|
|23.||RAM LODGE||+91413 2337346|
|24.||RAM GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2220072|
|25.||AJANTHA BEACH GUEST HOUSE||+91413 2338898|
|26.||SATHYA RESIDENCY (firstname.lastname@example.org)||+91413 2220212|
|27.||ANDHRA BHAWAN||+91413 2233708|
|28.||YOUTH HOSTEL||+91413 2337495|
|29.||PRIVATE FLAT ACCOMMODATION. Contact Person: Naina||+91 9488084730|
That brings to the end the set of instructions that the school usually convey to the aspirants who wish avail of their services. Now here is some additional information that could be beneficial to you:
The room rents could cost you anywhere from $1 to $20 per head a day.
Hotels cater almost all types of foods at cheap to moderate prices.
Pondicherry is well connected by rail and road. The nearest international airport is at Chennai, around 160 kms away. From the airport, you can get a cab or public transport modes like bus or train to reach there.
Note: Click on the + button to zoom in. It is at the corner of Lally Tollendal Street (also marked as “Eye Clinic And La Clinique, White Town, Pondicherry, India” when zoomed in on the larger map). The school is past the French Institute of Pondicherry at the northern end of the Promenade Beach Road, a.k.a., Goubert Avenue, nearby the Pondicherry Taluk Office.
Tamil, English, French, Hindi. (Telugu is spoken in the Telugu district of Yanam and Malayalam in the Malayalam district of Mahe, which are far away from the main state, hence not useful in the main town.) The trainers at the School of Perfect Eyesight speak Oriya also, and you can converse with them in Hindi too.
There are a lot places to visit in and around Pondicherry. Most of the tourist spots in Pondicherry are within a couple of kilometers and can easily be covered with the help of a bicycle. Find time to visit Auroville, a universal city in the making, endorsed by The Government of India as well as the UNESCO. It means the City of Dawn, an experimental township where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics, and all nationalities.
So if anyone at your home is having vision problems, you can plan the visit as medical tourism to a cheap, affordable destination!
The best time to visit Pondicherry is from July until February. March, April, May, and June are the hottest months. In these months, humidity levels remain high with daytime temperatures around 40°C. For The School of Perfect Eyesight, April, May, and June are the busiest with children having their summer holidays. Adults are not allowed in these months.
The official name of Pondicherry is Puducherry since 2006. Both the names indicate one and the same region.
With that I am concluding this post. Let me hope the information has been comprehensive. So far, the results are encouraging with my son, Rahul. Keep watching for a review on the outcome in the next post. Meanwhile if you work on a computer for more than 3 hours a day, you are bound to have computer vision syndrome which you can alleviate with some simple computer workstation ergonomics! Read my earlier post on how to prevent eye strain and irritation in a computer based job.
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